Mercury vs. Liberty
WNBA Basketball: Tuesday May 23, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)
The Line: Mercury -1 -- Over/Under: 149 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury meet Tuesday in WNBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The New York Liberty look for a big road victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The New York Liberty are averaging 72 points on 38.8 percent shooting and allowing 77 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Sugar Rodgers is averaging 13.5 points and six rebounds while Brittany Boyd is averaging 13 points and 2.5 assists. Tina Charles is grabbing seven rebounds and Shavonte Zellous is dishing 2.5 assists. The New York Liberty are shooting 30.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The New York Liberty are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game. The New York Liberty have lost three straight road games.
The Phoenix Mercury look for a third straight victory to make an early statement to the West. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 73.7 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 67.3 points on 37.7 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 23.3 points and 8.3 rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 11 points and 2.7 rebounds. Leilani Mitchell is the third double-digit scorer and Danielle Robinson is dishing 6.7 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 26.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 11.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have won five of their last six home games.
The Liberty are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mercury are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Liberty are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Phoenix, 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Even without Diana Taurasi, the Mercury have enough depth and are good enough defensively to win this game at home. The Liberty have been shaky to start the season and haven't been great on the road dating back to last year. In a toss-up game, I'll side with the Mercury at home thanks to a big game by Griner and Robinson.