Connecticut Sun vs New York Liberty Prediction, 5/7/2022 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Connecticut Sun vs New York Liberty
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
The New York Liberty (12-20 last season) host the Connecticut Sun (26-6 last year) at Barclays Center on Saturday.
The Connecticut Sun stepped onto the hardwood against the Atlanta Dream and earned the victory with a final of 84-64 in their last game. Connecticut wrapped up the game having earned a 38.7% FG percentage (29 out of 75) and knocked down 8 of their 22 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Sun knocked down 18 of 21 tries for a percentage of 85.7%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they collected 50 with 18 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 16 dimes for the game in addition to forcing 7 turnovers and getting 4 steals. When it comes to defending, Connecticut allowed the other team to shoot 38.4% from the field on 28 of 73 shooting. Atlanta doled out 10 assists and had 6 steals for this contest. Additionally, Atlanta pulled down 33 rebounds (10 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Atlanta finished the game at 66.7% from the free throw line by converting 6 of their 9 tries. They knocked down 2 of 20 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Candace Parker is someone who was a contributor in this matchup. She ended up finishing with 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting. She played for 34 minutes and also collected 9 boards. Parker ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor and also distributed 7 assists.
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Connecticut will play this game after finishing with a record of 26-6 last season. They had an average of 79.7 points per game (8th in the WNBA) while hitting 44.4% from the field. The Sun hit on 35.6% on 3-pointers (223 of 626) and 81.6% from the free throw line. As a basketball team, Connecticut collected 36.6 boards per contest and had 577 dimes last season, which had them ranked 8th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They lost possession via turnover 13.9 times per game and as a group committed 17.8 fouls per game. On defense, the Sun forced their opponents into 13.3 turnovers per game and they drew 18.0 fouls. The Sun allowed a FG percentage of 40.9% (817 of 1,998) and they relinquished 27.3 rebounds per game as a group. They were 2nd in the WNBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 537 surrendered last season. They surrendered 31.0% on 3-pointers and they were 1st in the league in points per game allowed (69.9).
The last time they took the hardwood, the New York Liberty took home the win by a final score of 91-80 when they played the Washington Mystics. The Liberty recorded 27 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 34 for the contest. They also coughed up the ball 13 times, while recording 5 steals for the game. The Mystics had 20 personal fouls for this contest which got the Liberty to the free throw line for a total of 18 tries. They were able to make 15 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 83.3%. Regarding shots from downtown, New York converted 10 of their 22 attempts (45.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Liberty ended up going 33 out of 64 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.6%. The Liberty allowed the Mystics to bury 27 of 67 attempts from the floor 0 40.3% in this matchup. They finished shooting 36.4% from distance by going 12 out of 33 and ended up shooting 14 of 18 from the free throw line (77.8%). Regarding attacking the glass, New York allowed Washington to grab 28 in all (6 on the offensive glass).
Brittney Griner was important for the Liberty for this game. She converted 6 of 8 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 75.0%, and had 10 rebounds. Griner earned 16 points in her 40 mins on the court and had 6 dimes for the game.
New York had a record of 12-20 last season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Liberty shot 42.8% from the floor, which ranked 7th in the league. New York accumulated 2,511 pts last season (78.5 per game) and they averaged 33.3 boards per contest. Their rate of earning assists was at 19.2 times per game (6th in the league) and they lost possession by turning the ball over 16.2 times per game. The Liberty were responsible for committing 17.9 fouls per game and they connected on 81.3% from the free throw line. The Liberty defensively were ranked 12th in the WNBA in points given up per game with 85.5. They forced their opponents into 12.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allowed teams to shoot 43.8% from the floor (8th in the league). The New York defense allowed 33.3% on shots from beyond the arc (229 of 687) and opponents made 82.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They allowed 19.8 dimes and 36.6 boards per contest, which ranked them 9th and 9th in those defensive categories.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Connecticut
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