Phoenix Mercury vs New York Liberty Prediction, 8/27/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs New York Liberty
Date: Friday, August 27, 2021
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Phoenix Mercury (14-10) go to Barclays Center on Friday where they'll meet the New York Liberty (11-15).
The Phoenix Mercury took the court against the New York Liberty and walked away with a win by a score of 106-79 in their last contest. Phoenix finished the contest having earned a 56.6% FG percentage (43 of 76) and knocked down 12 out of their 25 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Mercury knocked down 8 of 9 tries for a rate of 88.9%. With regard to grabbing boards, they earned a total of 40 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 26 assists for this game as well as forcing 8 turnovers and earning 4 steals. Pertaining to the defense, Phoenix let their opponent shoot 37.8% from the field on 28 out of 74 shooting. New York doled out 19 dimes and had 7 steals for the contest. Additionally, New York totaled 33 rebounds (10 offensive, 23 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. New York finished 83.3% when shooting free throws by converting 10 of 12 tries. They also converted 13 of 36 attempts from three-point range.
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Brianna Turner is one player who was a major contributor for the contest. She scored 10 points on 5 out of 6 shooting. She was on the court for 32:54 mins played and also grabbed 15 rebounds. Turner walked away from this one shooting 83.3% from the field but finished the game without an assist. An additional player that came through in the game for the Mercury was Diana Taurasi. She pulled down 4 rebounds in her 31:33 minutes played. She walked away from this one shooting 40.0% from the floor for the matchup by connecting on 8-of-20 (21 points). When this game wrapped up, Taurasi earned 9 assists.
Phoenix comes into this one with a mark of 14-10 this year. They turn it over 13.3 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 16.6 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Phoenix is snagging 37.1 boards per game and has totaled 467 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 6th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Mercury are hitting 32.8% on shots from beyond the arc (168 of 512) and 79.2% from the charity stripe. They average 81.6 points per contest (6th in the league) while hitting 44.4% from the field. On the defensive end, the Mercury are able to force 9.9 turnovers per game while drawing 19.3 fouls. They are conceding 31.8% on 3-pointers while they are 5th in the WNBA in points per game allowed (80.1). The Mercury defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 41.2% (237 of 463) and they relinquish 35.8 boards per contest as a unit. They currently rank 3rd in the league in giving up assists with 412 relinquished on the year.
The last time they took the court, the New York Liberty went home defeated by a final of 106-79 against the Phoenix Mercury. The Liberty were able to pull down 23 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards for a total of 33 for this game. They turned the ball over 8 times, while recording 7 steals for this game. The Mercury were called for 12 personal fouls for this game which took the Liberty to the charity stripe for 12 attempts. They were able to knock down 10 of them for a percentage of 83.3%. With respect to shooting from distance, New York made 13 of 36 tries (36.1%). Overall, the Liberty went 28 for 74 from the floor which had them shooting 37.8%. The Liberty allowed the Mercury to convert 43 out of their 76 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 56.6% for the matchup. They finished 48.0% from distance by shooting 12 of 25 and finished the game at 8 out of 9 at the free throw line (88.9%). In relation to how they cleaned up the glass, New York allowed Phoenix to pull down 40 in total (7 offensive).
Rebecca Allen was important for the Liberty in this matchup. She knocked down 3 out of 11 for the game for a rate of 27.3%, and had 8 rebounds. Allen had 12 points in her 43:23 mins of playing time and added 3 dimes in this game. Someone else that played a role for New York was Sabrina Ionescu. She ended up finishing with 7 assists in 35:04 minutes on the hardwood, and she converted 4 of 15 from the field. Ionescu finished going 26.7% from the floor while also contributing 10 points and 5 rebounds.
New York has a record of 11-15 so far this year. The Liberty are committing 17.4 fouls per contest and they hit 80.2% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 19.4 times per game (6th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 16.1 times per contest. New York has scored 2,070 pts for the season (79.6 per contest) and they average 33.7 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Liberty are hitting on 42.8% from the floor, which ranks 7th in the league. The Liberty defensively are ranked 11th in the league in points per game surrendered with 86.2. They are able to force 12.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 44.4% from the field (8th in the league). The New York defense allows 33.9% on shots from 3-point land (184 of 543) and their opposition knocks down 82.1% of their foul shots. They have allowed 20.2 dimes and 36.7 boards per game, which has them ranked 10th and 9th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix
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