Phoenix Mercury vs. New York Liberty - 8/2/20 WNBA Picks and Prediction
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New York Libert vs. Phoenix Mercury
WNBA Basketball: Sunday, August 2nd at 1:00 PM ET
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The Phoenix Mercury and New York Liberty face off in their fourth WNBA game Sunday inside the WNBA bubble at the IMG Academy.
The Phoenix Mercury won their last game inside the bubble but they have still mostly struggled losing their first two games of the season. To start the season the Mercury’s offense struggled scoring only 76 points while the Los Angeles Sparks scored 99 points. In the second game of the season the Mercury’s offense was better putting up 100 points but the defense gave up 106 points. In the last game the Mercury’s offense was again good putting up 102 points and even though their defense gave up 95 points they were still able to come away with a win. The offense has been good, but it’s pretty clear the defense is going to be an issue all season. On the season the Mercury are averaging 92.7 points per game while their defense is giving up 100 points per game.
On offense the Mercury are led by Bria Hartley comes into this game averaging 17.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.
On the other side of this matchup is the New York Liberty who have struggled to start the season and now there are concerns that Sabrina Ionescu could be out of the rest of the season and that is a big loss after she had such a strong start to the season.
The Liberty come into this game having lost each of their first three games and the offense hasn’t been good enough.They haven’t scored more than 80 points in a game yet this season and even though they gave up only 84 points in the last game, they still couldn’t get the job done scoring only 78 points.
Ionescu being out for the Liberty is a big problem and that is going to let them down in this game. Look for the Phoenix Mercury to run up the score and that will be the difference in this game. The Liberty won’t keep up and that will lead to a win and a cover of the spread for the Mercury.