New York Liberty vs Chicago Sky Prediction, 8/17/2022 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Liberty vs Chicago Sky
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Location: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: New York (+6)
The New York Liberty (16-20) travel to Wintrust Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Chicago Sky (26-10) in the 1st round of the WNBA Playoffs. New York opens this matchup as 6 point underdogs. The O/U is set at 163.5.
The New York Liberty stepped onto the hardwood against the Atlanta Dream and went home with a win by a final score of 87-83 in their last game. New York walked away from the game with a 45.0% FG percentage (27 of 60) and made 15 out of their 32 3-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Liberty made 18 of their 22 shots for a percentage of 81.8%. Regarding grabbing boards, they compiled 34 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 23 assists for the game as well as forcing the opposition into 10 turnovers and getting 3 steals. Regarding defense, New York allowed 36.5% from the floor on 27 out of 74 shooting. Atlanta earned 13 dimes and had 9 steals in the game. On top of that, Atlanta had 38 rebounds (13 offensive, 25 defensive) and had 1 block. Atlanta ended up shooting 86.4% at the free throw line by knocking down 19 of 22 tries. They made 10 out of their 31 attempts from distance.
Stefanie Dolson is one player who played a role in this matchup. She ended up walking away with 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting. She saw the court for 31 mins played and grabbed 12 rebounds. Dolson ended up going 54.5% from the field and totaled 5 dimes.
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New York enters this one with a win-loss mark of 16-20 on the year. They turn it over 14.6 times per game and as a unit they commit 18.2 fouls per contest. As a team, New York is pulling in 34.3 boards per game and is sitting with 745 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 5th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Liberty are connecting on 35.1% on shots from distance (349 of 995) and 82.3% from the free throw line. They are averaging 79.6 points per contest (9th in the league) while shooting 43.1% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Liberty are forcing their opponents into 11.7 turnovers per game and they draw 16.1 personal fouls. The Liberty defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 41.8% (420 of 580) and they surrender 35.7 boards per game as a basketball team. They are ranked 1st in the WNBA in giving up assists with 654 surrendered on the campaign. They are giving up 33.6% on 3-point attempts and they rank 6th in basketball in opponents PPG (82.0).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Chicago Sky walked away with a victory by a final of 82-67 when they faced the Phoenix Mercury. The Sky were able to pull down 21 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards for a total of 26 in this matchup. They turned the ball over 12 times, while getting 8 steals in the game. The Mercury committed 13 fouls for the contest which took the Sky to the charity stripe for a total of 7 attempts. They were able to bury 7 of those for a rate of 100.0%. Concerning shots from beyond the arc, Chicago converted 11 of 27 attempts (40.7%). Overall, the Sky finished shooting 32 out of 71 from the floor which had them shooting 45.1%. The Sky allowed the Mercury to knock down 27 out of 59 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 45.8% in this contest. They went 23.1% from beyond the perimeter by going 3 of 13 and finished the game at 10 out of 12 from the free throw line (83.3%). When talking about how they cleaned up the glass, Chicago allowed Phoenix to collect 35 in all (2 on the offensive glass).
Azura Stevens ended up being a factor for the Sky for the game. She knocked down 7 out of 12 in this matchup for a rate of 58.3%, and had 4 rebounds. Stevens totaled 17 points in her 27 minutes on the court and added 3 dimes for the game.
Chicago has a record of 26-10 on the year. Chicago has tallied 3,105 points so far this season (86.3 per game) and they average 34.8 boards per contest. The Sky are responsible for committing 16.2 fouls per game and they connect on 82.3% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Sky are connecting on 48.1% from the field, which ranks 1st in the league. They are dishing out assists 24.3 times per game (1st in the WNBA) and they lose possession via turnover 13.8 times per contest. The Sky are ranked 4th in the WNBA in PPG given up with 81.3. They are forcing 13.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 43.8% from the floor (6th in the league). The Chicago defense gives up 34.0% on shots from behind the 3-point line (233 of 686) and their opponents are making 78.9% of their free throw shots. They give up 20.9 assists and 33.2 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 8th and 5th in the league.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take New York (+6)
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