New York Liberty vs Washington Mystics Prediction, 5/21/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Liberty vs Washington Mystics
Date: Friday, May 21, 2021
Location: Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
The New York Liberty (3-0) travel to Entertainment and Sports Arena on Friday where they'll meet the Washington Mystics (0-2).
The New York Liberty played the Minnesota Lynx and earned the victory with a final 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 of their 27 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Liberty knocked down 14 of their 16 attempts for a percentage of 87.5%. With regard to rebounding, they collected 40 with 3 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 24 dimes in this game in addition to forcing the opposition into 10 turnovers and earning 4 steals. In relation to defending, New York let their opponent shoot 37.8% from the field on 28 of 74 shooting. Minnesota recorded 8 dimes and had 8 steals for this contest. In addition, Minnesota snagged 36 rebounds (8 offensive, 28 defensive) and got 4 rejections. Minnesota finished 80.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 16 of their 20 attempts. They also knocked down 3 of 23 shots from 3-point land.
Sabrina Ionescu is a player who was a factor for the contest. She finished with 26 points on 7 out of 16 shooting. She played for 37:28 mins and collected 10 rebounds. Ionescu walked away from this one shooting 43.8% from the floor and also recorded 12 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Liberty was Sami Whitcomb. She pulled down 8 rebounds in her 35:26 min on the hardwood. She finished 45.5% from the floor for this game by going 5-of-11 (13 points). At the conclusion of this game, Whitcomb wasn't able to notch an assist.
New York heads into this matchup with a mark of 3-0 for the campaign. The Liberty are shooting 43.6% on shots from beyond the arc (34 of 78) and 83.7% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 83.0 pts per contest (5th in basketball) on 43.9% from the floor. They lose possession by turning the ball over 17.3 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 19.7 personal fouls per game. As a unit, New York is pulling down 35.3 rebounds per contest and has racked up 61 assists this year, which has them ranked 3rd in the league in terms of passing. When they are on the defensive end, the Liberty are forcing their opponents into 14.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 21.0 personal fouls. They are giving up 14.5% on 3-pointers and they are 4th in the WNBA in PPG allowed (75.7). The Liberty defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 37.7% (42 of 63) and they relinquish 40.3 rebounds per game as a unit. They are currently ranked 9th in the WNBA in giving up assists with 47 relinquished this season.
When they last played, the Washington Mystics took a defeat with a final score of 91-70 when they played the Phoenix Mercury. The Mystics were able to pull down 19 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive boards totaling 34 for this contest. They also turned the ball over 11 times, while getting 10 steals for the contest. The Mercury had 22 personal fouls for this contest which got the Mystics to the free throw line for a total of 21 attempts. They were able to knock down 19 of those for a percentage of 90.5%. Pertaining to shots from beyond the arc, Washington made 5 out of 28 attempts (17.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Mystics walked away from this one shooting 23 for 75 from the field which gave them a rate of 30.7%. The Mystics permitted the Mercury to knock down 30 of their 66 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 45.5% in the game. They went 39.3% from distance by shooting 11 of 28 and ended up shooting 20 of 25 from the free throw line (80.0%). Regarding team rebounding, Washington allowed Phoenix to collect 50 in total (17 on the offensive glass).
Tina Charles was important for the Mystics for the matchup. She knocked down 7 of 20 in the game giving her a field goal percentage of 35.0%, and had 12 rebounds. Charles racked up 22 points in her 33:07 mins of playing time and had 3 dimes for the game. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Washington was Natasha Cloud. She ended up finishing with 2 assists in 31:11 mins played, and she shot 7 out of 12 from the floor. Cloud finished going 58.3% from the field while also collecting 18 points and 1 rebound.
Washington has a record of 0-2 for the campaign. The Mystics commit 21.0 fouls per game and they go 87.5% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 13.5 times per contest (12th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 12.5 times per game. Washington has totaled 126 pts on the year (63.0 per contest) and they collect 39.0 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Mystics are shooting 27.9% from the field, which is 12th in the WNBA. The Mystics defensively are ranked 6th in the WNBA in points per game surrendered with 80.5. They relinquish 21.5 dimes and 43.0 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 9th and 10th in the WNBA. The Washington defense surrenders 42.2% on 3-point shots (19 of 45) and opponents are knocking down 82.6% of their free throw shots. They are able to force 16.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 41.3% from the field (6th in the league).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington
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