New York Liberty (5-12) vs. Washington Mystics (10-6)
|Date & Time||Thursday July 5, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Mystics -9.5 -- Over/Under: 161.5
ESPN 3, NBCSWA, MSG+
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 eight of their last 10 games. The New York Liberty are averaging 77.4 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 83 points on 44 percent shooting. Tina Charles is averaging 19.4 points and 6.5 rebounds while Kia Nurse is averaging 9.3 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 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The New York Liberty are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.1 rebounds per game. The New York Liberty have lost four of their last five road games.
The Washington Mystics look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Washington Mystics are averaging 84.1 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 81.9 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Elena Delle Donne is averaging 20.5 points and 6.9 rebounds while Kristi Toliver is averaging 14.1 points and 4.1 assists. Ariel Atkins is the third double-digit scorer and Monique Currie is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Washington Mystics are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 83.8 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Mystics are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.9 rebounds per game. The Washington Mystics have split their last six home games.
The Liberty are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. Eastern Conference, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Mystics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference, 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games. The Liberty are 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Washington and the under is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
I'm not big on laying big chalk, but the New York Liberty continue to lose games and fail to cover in the process. The Washington Mystics are playing their best stretch of basketball right now, which includes outscoring teams by 9.8 points in their last five games. The Mystics have also won four of the last six against the Liberty. Give me Washington in a blowout, as more of a fade from New York than anything else.