Los Angeles Sparks vs New York Liberty Prediction, 8/3/2022 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Sparks vs New York Liberty
Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
TV: CBS Sports Network
The New York Liberty (11-18) play the Los Angeles Sparks (12-17) at Barclays Center on Wednesday.
The Los Angeles Sparks played the Minnesota Lynx and went home with a loss by a final score of 84-77 in their last contest. Los Angeles wrapped up the contest with a 36.1% field goal percentage (30 out of 83) and knocked down 6 of their 25 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Sparks made 11 of 12 attempts for a rate of 91.7%. When discussing hauling in boards, they earned a total of 29 with 8 of them being offensive. They also distributed 20 dimes in this game in addition to forcing the opposition into 19 turnovers and having 11 steals. Concerning defense, Los Angeles allowed 54.4% from the floor on 31 out of 57 shooting. Minnesota earned 5 assists and had 7 steals for the contest. Furthermore, Minnesota totaled 38 rebounds (5 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Minnesota finished the game at 76.2% at the free throw line by making 16 of their 21 attempts. They also knocked down 6 out of their 11 attempts from beyond the arc.
Nneka Ogwumike is one player who was a factor for this contest. She ended up finishing with 23 points on 9 of 18 shooting. She saw the court for 30 minutes played and pulled down 5 rebounds. Ogwumike finished 50.0% from the field and also recorded 4 assists.
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Los Angeles will enter this game with a record of 12-17 so far this season. They are giving up possession 14.2 times per game and as a unit are committing 18.0 fouls per game. As a unit, Los Angeles is grabbing 31.2 boards per game and has tallied 558 assists for the year, which ranks 10th in basketball in terms of passing. The Sparks are hitting 33.1% from downtown (162 of 489) and 77.6% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 80.4 points per game (7th in the WNBA) while connecting on 44.9% from the field. Defensively, the Sparks are forcing their opponents into 15.6 turnovers per game while drawing 18.8 fouls. The Sparks are giving up a FG percentage of 46.2% (452 of 545) and they concede 34.5 boards per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 6th in the league in giving up assists with 608 surrendered this season. They are giving up 38.0% on shots from downtown and they rank 11th in the league in PPG allowed (85.5).
When they last stepped on the court, the New York Liberty walked away with a victory by a final of 89-69 against the Phoenix Mercury. The Liberty were able to corral 32 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards for a total of 42 for this game. They also coughed up the ball 16 times, while earning 5 steals for this game. The Mercury committed 14 personal fouls in this contest which got the Liberty to the charity stripe for 9 shots. They were able to bury 7 of them for a percentage of 77.8%. When talking about shots from distance, New York buried 12 out of their 26 attempts (46.2%). Overall, the Liberty ended up going 35 out of 71 from the field which gave them a percentage of 49.3%. The Liberty permitted the Mercury to make 24 of their 64 attempts from the floor 0 37.5% in the game. They shot 24.0% from downtown via 6 out of 25 and walked away from this one shooting 15 out of 16 from the free throw line (93.8%). When talking about rebounding, New York permitted Phoenix to pull down 26 in all (5 offensive).
Natasha Howard was important for the Liberty for this contest. She converted 10 of 13 for this contest giving her a field goal percentage of 76.9%, and added 12 rebounds. Howard accumulated 23 points in her 31 mins of playing time and added 6 assists for this contest.
New York has a record of 11-18 on the season. New York has accounted for 2,303 pts for the campaign (79.4 per game) and they pull in 34.1 boards per contest. The Liberty are responsible for committing 18.4 personal fouls per game and they shoot 81.6% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the court, the Liberty are connecting on 42.9% from the floor, which is 9th in the league. Their rate of earning assists is at 20.9 times per contest (3rd in the league) and they turn it over 14.9 times per contest. The Liberty on the defensive side of the court are 8th in the WNBA in PPG given up with 83.8. The New York defense concedes 34.8% on shots from beyond the arc (212 of 610) and their opponents are converting on 82.8% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 18.8 dimes and 36.1 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 2nd and 8th in the WNBA. They are forcing 11.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 42.4% from the field (1st in the WNBA).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New York
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