New York Liberty vs Indiana Fever Prediction, 5/16/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Liberty vs Indiana Fever
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Indiana Fever (6-16 last season) play the New York Liberty (2-20 last year) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday.
The New York Liberty played the Dallas Wings and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 82-79 in their last contest. New York walked away from the contest with a 47.8% FG percentage (32 of 67) and made 3 out of their 19 three-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Liberty made 12 of their 17 attempts for a rate of 70.6%. In regard to grabbing boards, they compiled 34 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 18 assists in the game in addition to forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and getting 4 steals. When discussing defense, New York allowed the other team to shoot 38.6% from the floor on 27 of 70 shooting. Dallas doled out 8 assists and had 10 steals in this contest. On top of that, Dallas pulled down 35 rebounds (8 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 5 blocks. Dallas finished the contest at 86.4% from the free throw line by converting 19 of 22 attempts. They made 9 of their 36 attempts from beyond the arc.
Jazmine Jones is one player who was important for the matchup. She ended up scoring 21 points on 8 of 14 shooting. She was on the court for 31:04 minutes and totaled 7 boards. Jones ended up shooting 57.1% from the floor and also dished out 4 assists. One more player that had an impact in the game for the Liberty was Leaonna Odom. She snagged 1 rebound in her 30:51 minutes on the basketball court. She finished the game at 83.3% from the floor in this game by going 10-of-12 (20 points). When the game finished, Odom totaled 1 assist.
New York will enter this contest after finishing with a win-loss record of 2-20 last season. They gave up possession 16.8 times per game and as a squad committed 19.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, New York snagged 35.8 boards per game and totaled 327 assists throughout last year, which ranked 12th in the WNBA in terms of passing the ball. The Liberty shot 27.7% on three-point shots (167 of 602) and 82.3% from the free throw line. They averaged 71.9 points per outing (12th in the WNBA) while hitting 37.2% from the floor. When they were on defense, the Liberty forced their opponents into 11.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.2 fouls. They were 5th in the WNBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 406 conceded last year. The Liberty defense gave up a shooting percentage of 44.4% (704 of 1,587) and they conceded 37.0 boards per contest as a group. They gave up 34.4% on 3-point attempts and they were 9th in basketball in PPG from their opponents (85.9).
When they last played, the Indiana Fever went home defeated by a final of 98-86 when they faced the Minnesota Lynx. The Fever were able to collect 19 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 32 for this contest. They also coughed up the ball 12 times, while getting 5 steals in this game. The Lynx committed 12 fouls in this contest which got the Fever to the charity stripe for 17 shots. They were able to knock down 15 of them for a clip of 88.2%. When discussing shooting from beyond the arc, Indiana buried 9 out of 26 attempts (34.6%). Overall, the Fever finished shooting 31 for 68 from the field which gave them a rate of 45.6%. The Fever permitted the Lynx to convert 38 of 69 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 55.1% for this contest. They finished 59.1% from downtown by going 13 of 22 and finished the game at 9 out of 12 from the charity stripe (75.0%). Regarding cleaning up the glass, Indiana permitted Minnesota to snag 31 in total (10 offensive).
Kelsey Mitchell ended up being a major contributor for the Fever for the matchup. She made 6 of 12 for this game for a rate of 50.0%, but couldn't coral a rebound. Mitchell tallied 20 points in her 27:03 minutes on the hardwood and earned 2 dimes for this game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Indiana was Tiffany Mitchell. She ended up finishing with 3 assists in 18:17 mins on the court, and she shot 4 out of 8 from the floor. Mitchell finished going 50.0% from the field while also totaling 14 points but didn't pull down a board.
Indiana had a win-loss record of 6-16 last year. The Fever were responsible for committing 17.7 fouls per game and they went 81.9% from the free throw line. They earned an assist 19.2 times per contest (8th in the WNBA) and they lost possession via turnover 15.0 times per game. Indiana accounted for 1,797 pts throughout last season (81.7 per game) and they pulled down 33.7 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Fever connected on 44.1% from the field, which was ranked 8th in the WNBA. The Fever on defense were ranked 12th in the league in points given up per game with 89.5. They allowed 19.2 dimes and 32.7 total boards per game, which was ranked 6th and 3rd in those defensive categories. The Indiana defense allowed 37.0% on 3-point shots (150 of 405) and opponents made 82.1% of their foul shots. They forced 10.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and let teams shoot 47.2% from the floor (12th in the league).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New York
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