Indiana Fever vs New York Liberty Prediction, 5/14/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Fever vs New York Liberty
Date: Friday, May 14, 2021
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (-3.5)
The Indiana Fever (6-16 last year) go to Barclays Center on Friday where they'll meet the New York Liberty (2-20 last season). Indiana opens this matchup as 3.5 point favorites. The total is set at 165.
The Indiana Fever faced off with the Minnesota Lynx and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 98-86 in their last contest. Indiana ended the contest with a 45.6% field goal percentage (31 out of 68) and converted 9 of their 26 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Fever converted 15 of 17 shots for a percentage of 88.2%. When talking about grabbing boards, they earned 32 with 13 of them being offensive. They also recorded 27 assists for the game in addition to forcing 9 turnovers and earning 5 steals. With regard to defense, Indiana allowed their opponent to shoot 55.1% from the floor on 38 of 69 shooting. Minnesota recorded 10 dimes and had 5 steals for the contest. In addition, Minnesota collected 31 rebounds (10 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Minnesota finished the contest at 75.0% at the charity stripe by making 9 of 12 shots. They buried 13 of 22 shots from 3-point land.
Kelsey Mitchell is a player who was a contributor in the matchup. She scored 20 points on 6 out of 12 shooting. She saw the court for 27:03 mins but ended the game without a board. Mitchell finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor and also dished out 2 dimes. One more player that was a major contributor in this contest for the Fever was Tiffany Mitchell. She finished without a board in her 18:17 minutes played. She walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the field in this game by shooting 4-of-8 (14 points). When the final whistle blew, Mitchell totaled 3 assists.
Indiana will take the court after finishing with a mark of 6-16 last year. The Fever shot 34.5% on shots from downtown (152 of 440) and 81.9% from the free throw line. They averaged 81.7 points per contest (8th in the WNBA) while connecting on 44.1% from the field. They turned it over 15.0 times per game and as a group committed 17.7 fouls on a nightly basis. As a group, Indiana grabbed 33.7 boards per contest and totaled 422 assists last year, which ranked 8th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the Fever forced their opponents into 10.5 turnovers per game while drawing 18.6 fouls. They relinquished 37.0% from 3-point land and they were ranked 12th in the WNBA in points per game allowed (89.5). The Fever defense gave up a shooting percentage of 47.2% (718 of 1,521) and they surrendered 32.7 boards per contest as a squad. They were ranked 6th in the WNBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 423 surrendered over the course of last season.
The last time they took the hardwood, the New York Liberty took a loss by a final score of 82-79 against the Dallas Wings. The Liberty were able to corral 28 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 34 in the matchup. They gave up possession 14 times, while earning 4 steals in this game. The Wings committed 16 fouls for the matchup which got the Liberty to the free throw line for 17 tries. They were able to convert 12 of those for a rate of 70.6%. With regard to shots from downtown, New York made 3 out of their 19 tries (15.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Liberty shot 32 for 67 from the field which had them at 47.8%. The Liberty permitted the Wings to make 27 out of 70 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 38.6% in the game. They finished 25.0% from beyond the perimeter by hitting 9 out of 36 and finished the contest at 19 of 22 from the free throw line (86.4%). In regard to rebounds, New York permitted Dallas to collect 35 overall (8 offensive).
Jazmine Jones pitched in for the Liberty in this contest. She converted 8 of 14 for the matchup giving her a rate of 57.1%, and had 7 rebounds. Jones tallied 21 points in her 31:04 minutes on the hardwood and accumulated 4 dimes in this matchup. One more player who was a determining factor for New York was Leaonna Odom. She ended up walking away with 1 assist in 30:51 minutes on the hardwood, and she knocked down 10 of 12 from the floor. Odom wrapped this one up going 83.3% from the floor as well as earning 20 points and 1 rebound.
New York had a win-loss record of 2-20 last year. New York tallied 1,581 pts throughout last season (71.9 per game) and they averaged 35.8 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Liberty hit 37.2% from the field, which ranked 12th in the league. The Liberty committed 19.1 personal fouls every game and they hit 82.3% from the free throw line. They assisted teammates 14.9 times per game (12th in the league) and they turned it over 16.8 times per game. The Liberty on the defensive side of the court were 9th in the WNBA in points allowed per contest with 85.9. They forced their opponents into 11.9 TO's per game and allowed teams to shoot 44.4% from the floor (5th in the league). The New York defense allowed 34.4% on shots from behind the 3-point line (151 of 439) and their opponents made 82.9% of their free throw attempts. They conceded 18.5 assists and 37.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, which had them ranked 5th and 12th in those categories on the defensive end.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Indiana (-3.5)
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