Phoenix Mercury vs New York Liberty Prediction, 7/5/2023 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Mercury vs New York Liberty
Date: Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
TV: WNBA League Pass
The Phoenix Mercury (3-12) are headed to Barclays Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the New York Liberty (11-4).
The Phoenix Mercury took the court against the Minnesota Lynx and took a loss by a score of 86-76 in their last contest. Phoenix wrapped up the contest having earned a 50.8% FG percentage (30 out of 59) and converted 6 out of their 19 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Mercury converted 10 of their 18 attempts for a percentage of 55.6%. In the matter of pulling down boards, they compiled 35 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 19 assists in the matchup in addition to forcing 12 turnovers and earning 4 steals. When it comes to defense, Phoenix allowed their opponent to shoot 45.6% from the field on 31 of 68 shooting. Minnesota earned 7 assists and had 13 steals for this contest. On top of that, Minnesota snagged 30 boards (7 offensive, 23 defensive) and earned 1 block. Minnesota walked away from this one shooting 81.8% at the free throw line by making 18 of their 22 attempts. They converted 6 of 18 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Moriah Jefferson is a player who came through in the game. She walked away with 14 points on 6 of 11 shooting. She played 27 mins and also pulled down 4 boards. Jefferson finished the contest at 54.5% from the floor and also earned 7 assists.
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Phoenix comes into this contest with a record of 3-12 this year. They turn it over 16.2 times per game and as a group they are committing 20.2 fouls per contest. As a unit, Phoenix is grabbing 29.4 boards per game and is sitting with 298 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 7th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Mercury are shooting 30.4% on 3-point shots (96 of 316) and 78.8% from the free throw line. They are averaging 76.6 points per contest (12th in the WNBA) while connecting on 44.9% from the field. On the defensive end, the Mercury are able to force 12.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.6 fouls. They relinquish 33.9% on 3-point shots and they are 10th in the league in PPG allowed (85.8). The Mercury defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 43.9% (187 of 279) and they surrender 34.9 boards per contest as a basketball team. They rank 5th in basketball in giving up assists with 308 surrendered this season.
When they last stepped on the court, the New York Liberty took home the win by a final score of 81-66 when they faced the Seattle Storm. The Liberty were able to pull down 29 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 37 in the game. They also turned the ball over 14 times, while recording 16 steals in the game. The Storm were called for 15 fouls in the matchup which got the Liberty to the charity stripe for a total of 8 attempts. They were able to bury 7 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 87.5%. When discussing 3-pointers, New York converted 8 of their 25 attempts (32.0%). When the game finished, the Liberty ended up shooting 33 for 71 from the floor which gave them a rate of 46.5%. The Liberty permitted the Storm to convert 23 out of 65 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 35.4% for this contest. They went 36.0% from downtown by shooting 9 of 25 and ended up going 11 of 14 at the free throw line (78.6%). With respect to cleaning the glass, New York allowed Seattle to snag 33 in all (8 on the offensive glass).
Courtney Vandersloot ended up being important for the Liberty for the contest. She made 7 out of 13 in this game for a field goal rate of 53.8%, and had 5 rebounds. Vandersloot scored 18 points in her 33 mins on the hardwood and accumulated 13 assists in the matchup.
New York has a record of 11-4 so far this year. New York has totaled 1,306 pts on the campaign (87.1 per contest) and they pull in 37.1 rebounds per contest. The Liberty commit 17.8 fouls per game and they hit 82.0% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Liberty are connecting on 45.8% from the field, which ranks 2nd in the league. They are dishing out assists 24.2 times per game (1st in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.0 times per contest. The Liberty are ranked 4th in the league in points per game surrendered with 80.3. They have forced 12.3 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 42.0% from the floor (3rd in the WNBA). The New York defense allows 36.1% on shots from 3-point land (113 of 313) and their opponents are converting on 78.3% of their free throw shots. They give up 18.0 dimes and 33.8 boards per contest, which is ranked 1st and 4th in the league.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix
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