New York Liberty vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction, 6/13/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Liberty vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Sunday, June 13, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
The Phoenix Mercury (5-4) host the New York Liberty (5-4) at Phoenix Suns Arena on Sunday.
The New York Liberty played the Connecticut Sun and went home with a loss by a final score of 85-64 in their last game. New York finished having earned a 43.6% FG percentage (24 of 55) and made 11 of 27 shots from downtown. When they shot from the free throw line, the Liberty converted 5 of their 6 tries for a percentage of 83.3%. Regarding pulling down rebounds, they earned 22 with 3 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 20 dimes for this game as well as forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and getting 5 steals. When talking about the defense, New York allowed their opponent to shoot 43.7% from the field on 31 out of 71 shooting. Connecticut distributed 14 assists and had 8 steals for this contest. In addition, Connecticut snagged 38 boards (14 offensive, 24 defensive) and earned 3 blocks. Connecticut walked away from this one shooting 84.2% from the free throw line by knocking down 16 of 19 tries. They buried 7 of 21 shots from distance.
Betnijah Laney is someone who was important in this matchup. She ended up walking away with 8 points on 4 of 12 shooting. She saw the court for 31:20 minutes played and also grabbed 2 rebounds. Laney went 33.3% from the floor and also dished out 6 dimes. Another player that was a factor in this game for the Liberty was Sabrina Ionescu. She collected 3 rebounds in 28:47 minutes on the basketball court. She finished the contest at 33.3% from the floor for this game by going 2-of-6 (5 points). When the game finished, Ionescu had 5 assists.
New York heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 5-4 for the campaign. They lose possession by turning the ball over 16.7 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 18.1 fouls per contest. As a team, New York is collecting 33.7 rebounds per game and has accounted for 191 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 4th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Liberty are hitting 41.4% on three-point shots (103 of 249) and 82.2% from the free throw line. They have an average of 81.7 points per game (6th in the WNBA) while going 43.8% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Liberty have forced 13.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.4 personal fouls. They are giving up 30.7% on 3-point attempts and they are 9th in basketball in points per game allowed (84.8). The Liberty defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 41.9% (117 of 166) and they concede 39.2 boards per contest as a unit. They currently rank 4th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 170 relinquished so far this year.
When they last played, the Phoenix Mercury went home defeated by a final of 85-81 against the Dallas Wings. The Mercury collected 25 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards totaling 36 in the game. They also gave up possession 7 times, while recording 3 steals in this contest. The Wings committed 22 personal fouls for the contest which got the Mercury to the free throw line for a total of 23 shots. They were able to knock down 18 of them for a rate of 78.3%. Pertaining to shots from beyond the arc, Phoenix buried 5 out of their 25 tries (20.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Mercury ended up going 29 out of 70 from the field which gave them a rate of 41.4%. The Mercury permitted the Wings to make 32 out of 75 tries from the field which had them shooting 42.7% in the matchup. They shot 38.5% from distance by shooting 10 of 26 and ended up going 11 of 13 at the free throw line (84.6%). In regard to cleaning the glass, Phoenix allowed Dallas to collect 41 in total (12 on the offensive glass).
Skylar Diggins-Smith ended up having an impact for the Mercury in this matchup. She knocked down 7 of 18 in this game giving her a field goal percentage of 38.9%, and earned 6 rebounds. Diggins-Smith accumulated 22 points in her 37:35 minutes on the hardwood and had 5 dimes for the matchup. An additional player that ended up playing a role for Phoenix was Brittney Griner. She ended up with 4 assists in 36:10 mins on the court, and she converted 11 of 17 from the floor. Griner finished going 64.7% from the floor in addition to totaling 27 points and 16 boards.
Phoenix has a record of 5-4 for the year. Phoenix has scored 723 pts on the year (80.3 per contest) and they average 36.6 rebounds per game. The Mercury are committing 17.3 fouls per contest and they connect on 75.3% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Mercury are shooting 44.5% from the floor, which ranks 3rd in the WNBA. They are getting an assist 20.1 times per contest (5th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.0 times per game. The Mercury on defense are ranked 6th in basketball in points allowed per contest with 80.8. The Phoenix defense allows 32.0% on shots from distance (63 of 197) and opponents are making 85.9% of their foul shots. They have allowed 17.8 assists and 36.2 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 4th and 7th in the league. They are forcing their opponents into 9.8 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 39.3% from the floor (1st in basketball).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Phoenix
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