New York Liberty vs Chicago Sky Prediction, 5/23/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Liberty vs Chicago Sky
Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021
Location: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL
Wintrust Arena is the site where and the Chicago Sky (2-0) will play the New York Liberty (3-0) on Sunday.
The New York Liberty stepped onto the hardwood against the Minnesota Lynx and took home the win by a score of 86-75 in their last contest. New York wrapped up the contest with a 44.8% FG percentage (30 of 67) and converted 12 out of their 27 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Liberty converted 14 of their 16 shots for a percentage of 87.5%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they earned 40 with 3 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 24 assists for the game in addition to forcing the other team into 10 turnovers and getting 4 steals. In relation to defending, New York allowed their opponent to shoot 37.8% from the field on 28 of 74 shooting. Minnesota earned 8 assists and had 8 steals for this game. Moreover, Minnesota pulled down 36 rebounds (8 offensive, 28 defensive) and got 4 blocked shots. Minnesota finished shooting 80.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 16 of 20 tries. They also knocked down 3 out of their 23 tries from 3-point range.
Sabrina Ionescu is someone who played a role in this matchup. She left the arena with 26 points on 7 out of 16 shooting. She was on the hardwood for 37:28 minutes and also collected 10 rebounds. Ionescu finished the game shooting 43.8% from the field and also dished out 12 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Liberty was Sami Whitcomb. She pulled down 8 rebounds in her 35:26 minutes on the hardwood. She ended up shooting 45.5% from the floor for the game by shooting 5-of-11 (13 points). Overall, Whitcomb finished the game without a dime.
New York heads into this game with a win-loss record of 3-0 so far this season. They average 83.0 pts per contest (5th in the WNBA) while hitting 43.9% from the field. The Liberty are shooting 43.6% on shots from beyond the arc (34 of 78) and 83.7% from the free throw line. As a unit, New York is grabbing 35.3 boards per game and has earned 61 assists for the campaign, which is 4th in the WNBA in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 17.3 times per game and as a squad they commit 19.7 personal fouls per contest. On defense, the Liberty are forcing 14.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 21.0 personal fouls. They concede 14.5% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 4th in the league in opponents points per game (75.7). The Liberty defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 37.7% (42 of 63) and they concede 40.3 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are ranked 7th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 47 conceded so far this year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Chicago Sky got the victory with a final of 85-77 against the Atlanta Dream. The Sky were able to snag 33 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 in this game. They also gave up possession 24 times, while getting 8 steals for this game. The Dream were called for 28 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Sky to the free throw line for a total of 36 attempts. They were able to make 28 of those for a percentage of 77.8%. Concerning shooting from beyond the arc, Chicago converted 1 out of their 13 tries (7.7%). Overall, the Sky finished the game shooting 28 out of 70 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.0%. The Sky allowed the Dream to convert 30 of their 77 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 39.0% for this contest. They wrapped up this game 33.3% from distance via 5 of 15 and ended up going 12 of 24 at the free throw line (50.0%). In reference to how they cleaned up the glass, Chicago allowed Atlanta to grab 35 in all (12 on the offensive glass).
Diamond DeShields ended up being a major contributor for the Sky in the game. She converted 3 of 11 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 27.3%, and accumulated 4 rebounds. DeShields tallied 11 points in her 34:52 mins on the court and accounted for 5 assists in the game. An additional player who was a determining factor for Chicago was Ruthy Hebard. She finished this one with 3 assists in 33:40 mins played, and she converted 6 of 14 from the floor. Hebard ended the game having shot 42.9% from the floor in addition to totaling 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Chicago has a record of 2-0 for the year. The Sky commit 20.5 fouls per game while shooting 80.7% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 19.5 times per game (6th in the league) and they turn it over 19.0 times per contest. Chicago has totaled 155 pts on the season (77.5 per game) and they pull down 41.5 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Sky are hitting on 38.5% from the field, which is ranked 8th in the league. The Sky are ranked 1st in basketball in PPG given up with 66.5. They have forced 16.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 32.2% from the floor (1st in the league). The Chicago defense concedes 20.0% on shots from 3-point land (9 of 45) and their opponents are converting on 65.1% of their free throw shots. They allow 13.0 assists and 39.5 total boards per game, which has them ranked 1st and 8th in the league.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago
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