Phoenix Mercury (10-5) vs. New York Liberty (4-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 26, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Liberty +3.5 -- Over/Under: 156.5
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The Phoenix Mercury and New York Liberty meet Tuesday in WNBA action at the Westchester County Center.
The Phoenix Mercury could use a win here after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 83.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 80.6 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 20.1 points and 7.9 rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 20.2 points and 4.9 assists. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Sancho Lyttle is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 85.1 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.1 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have won five of their last six road games.
The New York Liberty also need a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The New York Liberty are averaging 76 points on 41.7 percent shooting and allowing 81.2 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Tina Charles is averaging 20 points and 6.8 rebounds while Kia Nurse is averaging 11.3 points and 1.8 assists. Shavonte Zellous is dishing three assists and Bria Hartley is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The New York Liberty are shooting 30.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The New York Liberty are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game. The New York Liberty have split their last six home games.
The Mercury are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Liberty are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 Tuesday games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York.
The road team has won six of the last nine meetings between the Mercury and Liberty, and New York simply has yet to play to its potential this season. The New York Liberty are being outscored by 11.6 points in their last five games due to an offense that can't score and a defense that has lost its way since the coaching change. The Mercury have been one of the best teams in the league and the offense is averaging 83.4 points on the road. I'll lay the bucket with the better team.