Phoenix Mercury vs New York Liberty Prediction, 7/31/2022 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs New York Liberty
Date: Sunday, July 31, 2022
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
TV: CBS Sports Network
The New York Liberty (10-18) host the Phoenix Mercury (13-16) at Barclays Center on Sunday.
The Phoenix Mercury played the Los Angeles Sparks and walked away with a win by a score of 90-80 in their last contest. Phoenix walked away from the game with a 50.0% FG percentage (32 of 64) and converted 9 of their 25 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Mercury made 17 of their 21 attempts for a percentage of 81.0%. In regard to getting rebounds, they earned 32 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 21 assists for the contest as well as creating 17 turnovers and earning 11 steals. In reference to the defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to shoot 40.3% from the floor on 27 of 67 shooting. Los Angeles doled out 6 assists and had 8 steals in the game. On top of that, Los Angeles totaled 31 boards (6 offensive, 25 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Los Angeles ended up shooting 82.1% from the charity stripe by making 23 of 28 tries. They buried 3 of 21 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Skylar Diggins-Smith is someone who came through in this matchup. She finished with 27 points on 12 of 20 shooting. She played for 26 minutes and also pulled down 5 boards. Diggins-Smith walked away from this one shooting 60.0% from the floor and earned 6 dimes.
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Phoenix will take the court with a record of 13-16 on the year. The Mercury are shooting 32.9% on shots from beyond the arc (260 of 790) and 81.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging 83.4 points per outing (4th in the WNBA) on 43.5% from the field. They cough up possession 13.2 times per game and as a unit they commit 20.6 fouls per contest. As a team, Phoenix is grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game and has accounted for 564 dimes this season, which has them ranked 9th in the league in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Mercury are forcing 14.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.0 fouls. They currently rank 9th in the WNBA in allowing assists with 590 surrendered for the year. The Mercury are giving up a shooting percentage of 44.4% (414 of 552) and they relinquish 36.9 boards per contest as a team. They relinquish 36.8% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 10th in the league in points per game allowed (85.2).
For their last game, the New York Liberty took a loss by a final score of 89-81 against the Chicago Sky. The Liberty recorded 24 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 31 for the matchup. They gave up possession of the ball 18 times, while getting 8 steals for this game. The Sky earned 14 fouls in this matchup which took the Liberty to the charity stripe for a total of 20 shots. They were able to convert 18 of them for a percentage of 90.0%. When discussing shots from distance, New York made 7 out of their 26 tries (26.9%). At the conclusion of this game, the Liberty walked away from this one shooting 28 for 65 from the field which had them shooting 43.1%. The Liberty permitted the Sky to make 30 of their 67 attempts from the field which had them at 44.8% for this contest. They shot 38.9% from 3-point land by going 7 of 18 and ended up going 22 out of 27 at the free throw line (81.5%). Regarding cleaning the glass, New York allowed Chicago to grab 33 overall (8 offensive).
Marine Johannes ended up having an impact for the Liberty for this game. She made 4 of 6 in the matchup giving her a field goal percentage of 66.7%, and totaled 1 rebound. Johannes accumulated 13 points in her 28 minutes of playing time and had 5 dimes for this contest.
New York has a mark of 10-18 for the year. The Liberty are responsible for committing 18.5 fouls per contest and they shoot 81.7% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 20.5 times per contest (6th in the WNBA) and they are turning it over 14.9 times per contest. New York has tallied 2,214 points so far this year (79.1 per game) and they pull in 33.8 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Liberty are hitting on 42.7% from the field, which ranks them 9th in the WNBA. The Liberty on the defensive end are ranked 9th in basketball in points given up per game with 84.3. They have surrendered 18.8 dimes and 36.5 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 2nd and 10th in the league. The New York defense gives up 35.2% on three-point shots (206 of 585) and their opponents are connecting on 82.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing 11.7 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 42.5% from the field (3rd in basketball).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New York
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