Phoenix Mercury vs. New York Liberty - 9/24/16 WNBA Second Round Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Liberty vs. Mercury
WNBA Basketball: Saturday September 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Liberty PK -- Over/Under: 162.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBA TV/ESPN3, MSG
The Phoenix Mercury and New York Liberty clash Saturday night in the second round of the WNBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on NBATV.
The Phoenix Mercury look for another playoff win after beating up on the Indiana Fever Wednesday night. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 84.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 83.1 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 20 points and three assists while DeWanna Bonner is averaging 18 points and four rebounds. Brittney Griner is the third double-digit scorer and Penny Taylor is dishing four assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 83.9 percent from the free throw line. The Mercury are allowing percent 35 shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.3 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have lost six of their last nine road games.
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The New York Liberty enter this matchup after losing five of their last seven games. The New York Liberty are averaging 81.6 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 80.9 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Tina Charles is averaging 21.5 points and 9.9 rebounds while Sugar Rodgers is averaging 14.5 points and 2.4 assists. Shavonte Zellous is dishing 2.2 assists and Kiah Stokes is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The New York Liberty are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Liberty are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.6 rebounds per game. The New York Liberty have won six of their last nine home games.
The Mercury are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Liberty are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mercury are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Liberty have had a lot of time off and extra preparation for this game after the Mercury just played a draining game Wednesday. However, New York was falling apart down the stretch and will be without Stokes and Shoni Schimmel for this contest. The Mercury have several players who show up under the bright lights and you can see everything is starting to come together for the team that opened the year as the WNBA favorites.
Give me Phoenix to advance yet again.