Liberty vs. Lynx
WNBA Basketball: Thursday May 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Liberty +4.5 -- Over/Under: 153.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Lynx and New York Liberty meet Thursday in WNBA action at Madison Square Garden on ESPN2.
The Minnesota Lynx look to build on their 1-0 start after beating the Chicago Sky on Sunday. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 70 points on 37 percent shooting and allowing 61 points on 35.3 percent shooting. Sylvia Fowles is averaging 26 points and 10 rebounds while Maya Moore is averaging 11 points and six assists. Lindsay Whalen is dishing five assists and Seimone Augustus is grabbing four rebounds. The Minnesota Lynx are shooting 15 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Lynx are allowing 14.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Lynx have won five of their last seven road games.
The New York Liberty also look for a 2-0 start after beating the San Antonio Stars on Saturday. The New York Liberty are averaging 73 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 64 points on 38.3 percent shooting. Tina Charles is averaging 12 points and seven rebounds while Epiphanny Prince is averaging 11 points and two assists. Shavonte Zellous is the third double-digit scorer and Brittany Boyd is grabbing four rebounds. The New York Liberty are shooting 14.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The New York Liberty are allowing 20 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The New York Liberty have won seven of their last 10 home games.
The Lynx are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The Liberty are 6-21 ATS in their last 27 home games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lynx are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in New York, 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The New York Liberty have played the Lynx prettly well in recent meetings and have actually won four of the last six contests. The Liberty are physical, can control the glass and showed in their opener that the offensive punch is there. We all know who the Lynx are, but they didn't shoot the ball well in their opener and allowed Chicago to get 44 rebounds. This is a game the Liberty can win at home, which is why I'm taking the points.