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Phoenix Mercury vs. New York Liberty - 8/19/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Liberty (7-26) vs. Phoenix Mercury (19-14)
Date & Time Sunday August 19, 2018, 6:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Phoenix Mercury -10.5 -- Over/Under: 160.5
TV Channel
ESPN 3, MSG+
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WNBA | New York Liberty (7-26) vs. Phoenix Mercury (19-14)
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The New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The New York Liberty look to end the season on a positive note, as they haven’t won a game since July 15. The New York Liberty are averaging 77.5 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 84.5 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Tina Charles is averaging 19.9 points and 7.1 rebounds while Kia Nurse is averaging 8.7 points and 1.4 assists. Bria Hartley is dishing 3.8 assists and Amanda Zahui B. is grabbing three rebounds. The New York Liberty are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The New York Liberty are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.1 rebounds per game. The New York Liberty have lost seven straight road games.

The Phoenix Mercury look for another victory after winning four of their last six games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 84.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 82.8 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Diana Taurasi is averaging 20.6 points and 5.1 assists while Brittney Griner is averaging 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. DeWanna Bonner is the third double-digit scorer and Briann January is dishing 3.3 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 84.8 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have split their last six home games.

The Liberty are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Sunday games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 vs. Western Conference. The Mercury are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 vs. Eastern Conference, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Sunday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Liberty are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Phoenix and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The New York Liberty haven't been able to cover numbers this season despite being heavy underdogs time and time again. The Liberty are being outscored by 7.8 points in their last five games and 8.9 points on the road this season. The Mercury have put together three straight solid performances to kind of right the ship a little bit, and they've won four of the last six games against the Liberty, none of which were close. There's better options on the board, but I'll lay the big chalk. The Liberty are just waiting for the final minutes of the season to finally end.

Pick:
Phoenix Mercury -10.5

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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