Chicago Sky vs New York Liberty Predictions, WNBA Picks, Betting Tips 8/20/2020
Game: Chicago Sky vs New York Liberty
Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Location: IMG Academy
TV: CBS Sports
Layshia Clarendon and the New York Liberty (1-10, 6th in the Eastern Conference) host the Chicago Sky (8-4, 1st in the Eastern Conference) at IMG Academy on Thursday.
Courtney Vandersloot comes into this contest averaging 12.2 points per game while playing 30.7 minutes per night so far this season for the Sky. She pulls down 3.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 8.6 assists per game as well. Her field goal percentage is 49% while her free throw percentage is currently at 88%. Azura Stevens averages 10.4 points per game in 26.6 minutes per contest this season. She averages 1.4 assists per contest and 5.8 rebounds per game for Chicago. Her field goal percentage is 49% for the year while her free throw percentage is 83%.
Layshia Clarendon averages 12.4 points per game while playing 27.5 minutes per contest this year for the Liberty. She grabs 2.8 rebounds per game and has 4.3 assists per contest on the year. Her field goal percentage is 48% and her free throw percentage currently is at 85%. Kia Nurse averages 11.0 points per game this season and she sees the court an average of 24.3 minutes per contest. She also averages 2.0 rebounds per contest and 1.6 assists per game. Her field goal percentage is 23% and her free throw percentage is 83%.
Chicago averages 85.9 points per contest this season, which ranks them 5th in the WNBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.7 and their shooting percentage is 50% as a team, which has them ranked 1st. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 4th in the league. They average 34.2 rebounds per game and 21.5 assists per game, which ranks them 6th and 2nd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 2nd with 16.4 per game. The Sky allow 82.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 7th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 5th and 9th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 30.8 rebounds a game which ranks 2nd and they give up 18.4 assists per contest, which puts them in 8th place in the league. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 6th in the league.
New York is 12th in the league with 72.5 points per game this year. They are 12th in the league in shooting at 36%, while their average scoring margin is -16.1. They shoot 29% from 3-point range, which is good for 12th in the WNBA. They are 4th in the league in rebounding with 34.5 boards per game, and 12th in assists per contest with 14.1. The Liberty are 1st in turnovers per game with 17.6. The Liberty surrender 88.5 points per contest, which ranks them 11th in the WNBA. Their defense is allowing a 47% shooting percentage and a 40% average from 3-point range, ranking them 11th and 11th in those defensive statistics. They rank 5th with 17.9 assists allowed per contest and 11th with 36.3 rebounds surrendered per game. The Liberty are 3rd in the WNBA in forcing turnovers with 13.3 per game this season.
The Sky are 5th in the WNBA in offensive rating with 105.5, and their defensive rating of 101 is ranked 8th. In terms of pace they are 4th in the league with 81.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 55% is 2nd. As a team they are 2nd in the WNBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 31% of their shots, ranking 6th in the league. Chicago is 2nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 18.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 15.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%, which is 10th in the league.
New York is 1st in the WNBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 19.0 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 2nd in the league. The Liberty are 12th in the WNBA in offensive rating with 88.5, and their defensive rating of 108.1 is ranked 3rd. In terms of pace they are 1st in the league with 81.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 42% is 12th. As a team they are 12th in the WNBA in true shooting percentage with 48% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shots, ranking 1st in the league.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York
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