Phoenix Mercury (4-3) vs. New York Liberty (2-2)
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 5, 2018, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Liberty +1.5 -- Over/Under: 158.5
The Phoenix Mercury and New York Liberty meet Tuesday in WNBA action at Madison Square Garden.
The Phoenix Mercury look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last six games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 83.1 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 83.7 points on 43 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 20.3 points and 6.6 rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 18.6 points and 3.7 assists. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing 4.1 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 86.2 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.9 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have won three of their last four road games.
The New York Liberty look to get a game above a .500 record with a statement home victory. The New York Liberty are averaging 82.2 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 82 points on 43 percent shooting. Tina Charles is averaging 23.5 points and nine rebounds while Kia Nurse is averaging 19 points and 2.5 assists. Shavonte Zellous is grabbing three rebounds and Marissa Coleman is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The New York Liberty are shooting 28.9 percent from beyond the arc and 83.5 percent from the free throw line. The New York Liberty are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The New York Liberty have won nine of their last 10 home games.
The Mercury are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-14 ATS in their last 16 Tuesday games. The Liberty are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games, 3-11 ATS in their last 14 Tuesday games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Mercury are 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
We're still trying to figure these two teams out after some hit or miss results, so it's tough to pick a side in this contest, especially with the game being so early. However, the Phoenix Mercury have their top two players playing at an elite level out of the gate, and that scoring punch is tough for most clubs in this league to match. I don't love this matchup, but if forced to pick, I'd lay the bucket with the Phoenix Mercury on the road.