Phoenix Mercury vs New York Liberty Prediction, 8/25/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs New York Liberty
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
The Phoenix Mercury (13-10) are headed to Barclays Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the New York Liberty (11-14).
The Phoenix Mercury played the Atlanta Dream and notched a win by a score of 84-69 in their last game. Phoenix wrapped up the game having earned a 52.6% FG percentage (30 out of 57) and buried 9 out of their 19 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Mercury knocked down 15 of their 22 attempts for a percentage of 68.2%. In the matter of hauling in boards, they compiled 47 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 22 assists in the matchup while forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and earning 4 steals. When talking about the defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to shoot 40.3% from the field on 29 of 72 shooting. Atlanta distributed 11 dimes and had 13 steals for this contest. Furthermore, Atlanta collected 24 rebounds (6 offensive, 18 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Atlanta ended up going 75.0% at the free throw line by making 6 of 8 attempts. They also made 5 of their 21 tries from 3-point land.
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Brianna Turner is one player who was a major factor in the matchup. She left the arena with 15 points on 6 out of 9 shooting. She was on the court for 34:27 mins played and pulled down 10 rebounds. Turner went 66.7% from the field and also dished out 1 assist. An additional player that was a determining factor in the game for the Mercury was Skylar Diggins-Smith. She snagged 6 rebounds in her 33:49 min played on the night. She walked away from this one shooting 66.7% from the field in the game by going 8-of-12 (25 points). When the final whistle blew, Diggins-Smith collected 7 assists.
Phoenix will enter this contest with a record of 13-10 on the campaign. They are averaging 80.6 points per game (8th in the league) while connecting on 43.8% from the floor. The Mercury are shooting 32.0% on shots from downtown (156 of 487) and 79.0% from the free throw line. As a unit, Phoenix is collecting 37.0 boards per game and has 441 dimes this season, which ranks 6th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession via turnover 13.5 times per game and as a team they commit 16.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Mercury are forcing 10.0 turnovers per game while drawing 19.7 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 1st in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 393 relinquished for the year. The Mercury defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 41.4% (229 of 453) and they surrender 35.9 boards per game as a basketball team. They are relinquishing 31.5% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 3rd in the league in PPG from their opponents (80.1).
The last time they took the court, the New York Liberty took a loss by a final score of 86-83 against the Los Angeles Sparks. The Liberty were able to collect 29 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards for a total of 34 in the matchup. They also coughed up the ball 22 times, while earning 7 steals in this game. The Sparks were called for 23 personal fouls for the game which took the Liberty to the free throw line for a total of 18 shots. They were able to knock down 15 of the free throws for a percentage of 83.3%. With respect to shooting from beyond the arc, New York knocked down 16 of 35 attempts (45.7%). When all was said and done, the Liberty finished the game shooting 26 for 63 from the floor which had them sitting at 41.3%. The Liberty permitted the Sparks to make 32 of their 68 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 47.1% in the game. They finished the game shooting 34.8% from beyond the perimeter via 8 out of 23 and walked away from this one shooting 14 of 19 at the charity stripe (73.7%). In the matter of rebounding, New York permitted Los Angeles to pull down 27 in total (5 on the offensive side).
Betnijah Laney pitched in for the Liberty for the matchup. She buried 2 of 12 for the matchup giving her a rate of 16.7%, and earned 4 rebounds. Laney had 10 points in her 36:16 mins of playing time and added 9 dimes for the game. One more player that played a role for New York was Sami Whitcomb. She ended up with 2 assists in 34:00 minutes played, and she converted 6 of 15 from the field. Whitcomb finished going 40.0% from the floor while earning 17 points and 4 total rebounds.
New York has a win-loss mark of 11-14 for the year. The Liberty commit 17.7 fouls per game and they connect on 80.1% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 19.4 times per game (5th in the WNBA) and they are giving up possession 16.4 times per contest. New York has 1,991 pts for the campaign (79.6 per game) and they snag 33.7 boards per contest. As an offensive team, the Liberty are connecting on 43.1% from the floor, which ranks them 6th in basketball. The Liberty on the defensive side of the court are 11th in the league in PPG given up with 85.4. They are forcing 12.3 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.8% from the field (8th in basketball). The New York defense allows 33.2% on shots from behind the 3-point line (172 of 518) and their opponents are converting on 81.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They have surrendered 20.0 dimes and 36.6 total boards per game, which is 10th and 9th in the WNBA.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix
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