New York Liberty (4-9) vs. Washington Mystics (9-5)
|Date & Time||Thursday June 28, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Mystics -8.5 -- Over/Under: 159
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The New York Liberty and Washington Mystics meet Thursday in WNBA action at the Capital One Arena.
The New York Liberty could use a feel good victory here after losing five of their last six games. The New York Liberty are averaging 75.5 points on 41.6 percent shooting and allowing 81.3 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Tina Charles is averaging 19.4 points and 6.9 rebounds while Kia Nurse is averaging 10.8 points and 1.7 assists. Shavonte Zellous is dishing three assists and Bria Hartley is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The New York Liberty are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The New York Liberty are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The New York Liberty have lost three straight road games.
The Washington Mystics look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. The Washington Mystics are averaging 85.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 82.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Elena Delle Donne is averaging 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds while Kristi Toliver is averaging 14.8 points and 4.4 assists. Ariel Atkins is the third double-digit scorer and Tianna Hawkins is grabbing four rebounds. The Washington Mystics are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 82.4 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Mystics are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game. The Washington Mystics have split their last six home games.
The Liberty are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mystics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference, 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Liberty are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Washington and the under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The New York Liberty are simply a team I'm not trying to get behind right now, as this team isn't the same as last years and the defense has taken a massive drop off. The Liberty are also being outscored by 11.4 points in their last five games, as the offense is shooting just 40.2 percent from the field. The Washington Mystics have been on fire offensively as of late and have been rather kind in terms of covering the number. I'll take Washington and the chalk, but it's more of a fade from New York than anything.