New York Liberty vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction, 7/7/2022 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Liberty vs Phoenix Mercury
Date: Thursday, July 7, 2022
Location: Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
The Phoenix Mercury (9-14) play the New York Liberty (8-12) at Footprint Center on Thursday.
The New York Liberty faced off with the Los Angeles Sparks and took a loss by a final of 84-74 in their last game. New York ended the contest with a 39.7% field goal percentage (27 of 68) and converted 12 out of their 33 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Liberty buried 8 of 12 shots for a rate of 66.7%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they collected 28 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 22 assists for the matchup as well as creating 14 turnovers and getting 7 steals. When it comes to defense, New York let their opponent shoot 46.9% from the field on 30 of 64 shooting. Los Angeles recorded 8 assists and had 8 steals in the game. On top of that, Los Angeles snagged 37 rebounds (8 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Los Angeles ended up going 81.8% when shooting free throws by making 18 of 22 tries. They knocked down 6 out of their 16 shots from 3-point land.
Marine Johannes is a player who was a major factor for the matchup. She ended up scoring 17 points on 5 out of 11 shooting. She was on the court for 36 mins and totaled 4 rebounds. Johannes finished the game shooting 45.5% from the floor and also totaled 4 assists.
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New York enters this matchup with a mark of 8-12 for the year. They currently have an average of 77.3 pts per game (12th in the league) while connecting on 42.4% from the field. The Liberty are connecting on 33.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (190 of 570) and 78.6% from the free throw line. As a unit, New York is collecting 34.3 boards per game and is sitting with 398 dimes on the year, which is 10th in the league in terms of passing. They turn it over 15.0 times per game and as a unit they are committing 17.9 fouls per contest. Defensively, the Liberty have forced 12.2 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.7 personal fouls. They are giving up 35.3% on 3-point shots and they rank 6th in the league in points per game allowed (81.3). The Liberty are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 41.1% (243 of 333) and they surrender 37.1 boards per game as a team. They are currently ranked 1st in the league in giving up assists with 354 conceded on the campaign.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Phoenix Mercury went home defeated by a final of 78-75 when they played the Los Angeles Sparks. The Mercury were able to collect 24 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 30 in this contest. They also turned the ball over 21 times, while getting 11 steals in this contest. The Sparks earned 16 personal fouls for this contest which took the Mercury to the charity stripe for a total of 16 shots. They were able to make 15 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 93.8%. Regarding 3-point shots, Phoenix knocked down 8 out of 27 tries (29.6%). When the final whistle blew, the Mercury shot 26 out of 57 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 45.6%. The Mercury permitted the Sparks to make 27 of their 60 tries from the field which had them shooting 45.0% for the game. They finished the game shooting 35.7% from beyond the perimeter by hitting 5 of 14 and ended up going 19 out of 25 at the free throw line (76.0%). Regarding how they cleaned up the glass, Phoenix permitted Los Angeles to collect 32 in all (7 on the offensive side).
Skylar Diggins-Smith ended up being a factor for the Mercury for the contest. She buried 7 out of 15 for the game for a field goal rate of 46.7%, and totaled 4 rebounds. Diggins-Smith had 22 points in her 35 mins on the court and added 5 assists for the matchup.
Phoenix has a mark of 9-14 for the campaign. On the offensive side of the ball, the Mercury are shooting 44.1% from the floor, which ranks them 6th in the league. Phoenix has totaled 1,888 pts on the campaign (82.1 per game) and they pull down 30.8 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 19.2 times per contest (9th in the WNBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.4 times per game. The Mercury have committed 20.6 personal fouls per contest and they go 80.7% from the free throw line. The Mercury on defense are ranked 10th in the WNBA in PPG given up with 85.0. The Phoenix defense surrenders 38.3% on shots from 3-point land (195 of 509) and their opponents are converting on 78.7% of their free throw shots. They concede 20.4 assists and 35.6 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 7th and 9th in the WNBA. They are forcing 13.9 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 45.2% from the floor (11th in the league).
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Phoenix
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