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Phoenix Mercury vs. New York Liberty - 7/5/19 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Liberty at Phoenix Mercury
Date & Time Friday July 5, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Phoenix, Arizona
The Line
The Line: Phoenix Mercury -7.5 -- Over/Under: 160
TV Channel
CBS SPORTS NETWORK
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The New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury meet Friday in WNBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The New York Liberty look for a fourth straight win to get back to a .500 record. The New York Liberty are averaging 79.5 points on 41.6 percent shooting and allowing 82.8 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Tina Charles is averaging 18.9 points and 8.2 rebounds while Kia Nurse is averaging 16 points and 2.2 assists. Asia Durr is the third double-digit scorer and Amanda Zahui B. is grabbing 7.8 rebounds. The New York Liberty are shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The New York Liberty are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The New York Liberty have split their last six road games.

The Phoenix Mercury look for a fourth straight win to get back to a .500 record. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 74.3 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 75 points on 42 percent shooting. DeWanna Bonner is averaging 20.2 points and three assists while Brittney Griner is averaging 17.4 points and seven rebounds. Leilani Mitchell is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing 3.4 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have won three of their last four home games.

The Liberty are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games. The Mercury are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 Friday games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 18-7 ATS in their last 25 vs. Eastern Conference. The Liberty are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Phoenix. The over is 10-4 in Mercury last 14 home games. The over is 5-2 in Liberty last 7 road games.

The Phoenix Mercury have yet to impress me up to this point, and they're winning their last five games by an average of 0.4 points despite riding a three-game winning streak. The Liberty are playing their best ball of the season right now, which includes road wins over Seattle and Atlanta, both as decent sized underdogs. I'm not sure the Liberty will be able to sustain this much longer, but this feels like too many points to pass up against a Mercury team that has yet to put things together at both ends of the court.

Pick:
New York Liberty +7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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