New York Liberty vs. Phoenix Mercury
August 6, 2022 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Liberty -1.5 // Total: 163
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The Phoenix Mercury and New York Liberty face off on Saturday in a WNBA showdown at the Footprint Center. When these two teams faced off on July 31st, it was the Liberty that secured the 89-69 victory.
The Mercury comes into this game with a 13-19 record overall, and in the last game against the Connecticut Sun they looked awful again. The offense only scored 64 points and that led to the 13-point defeat. The Mercury have lost three games in a row, and they haven’t scored more than 69 points in any of the games. Phoenix is averaging 81.7 points, while their defense is giving up 85.1 points per game. The offense is ranked 6th in the league, while their defense is ranked 10th in the league. Skylar Diggins-Smith has been the top player for Phoenix, averaging 19.7 points while shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 29.6 percent from behind the three-point line.
On the other side of this matchup is the Liberty, who sit with a 13-18 record overall, and they have won three games in a row. In the last game against the Los Angeles Sparks, the defense gave up 61 points and that led to the three-point victory. The Liberty are averaging 79.6 points, while their defense is giving up 82.7 points per game. The offense is ranked 9th in the league, while their defense is ranked 7th. Sabrina Ionescu has been the top player for New York, averaging 17.5 points while shooting 41.6 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from behind the three-point line.
The Liberty have looked fantastic the last couple of games, and I think that will continue in this game. The Liberty’s defense really locked down in the last game, and the Mercury’s offense hasn’t scored more than 69 points in any of the last three games. Look for New York to lock down the Mercury offense, and the Liberty will get the job done. This is going to be a really easy cover for the Liberty.