Liberty vs Mercury Prediction - WNBA Picks 8/18/23
Phoenix Mercury vs New York Liberty
WNBA: Friday, August 18th at 10:00 PM ET
Betting Odds: Liberty -12.5 -- Over/Under: 164.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury face off on Friday in a WNBA showdown at the Footprint Center. When these two teams faced off on July 5th it was the Liberty that were able to secure the 99-95 victory.
Liberty Betting Preview
The Liberty sit with a 24-6 record overall and they had won seven games in a row heading into Thursday night’s game against the Las Vegas Aces. At this point and the way they have dominated the Aces, especially in the first game, this looks like a team that can win the WNBA title. The Liberty are averaging 88.5 points while their defense is giving up 80.7 points per game. The offense is ranked 2nd best while the defense is ranked 3rd. Breanna Stewart has been the top player averaging 23.2 points while shooting 46.6 percent from the field. With the Liberty playing against the Aces on Thursday night, there has to be some concerns about how the tired legs will hurt them.
Mercury Betting Preview
The Mercury sit with a 9-21 record overall and it has been a long season so far for them. In the last game against the Seattle Storm, the Mercury scored 71 points and that led to the 10 point defeat. Sophie Cunningham had a strong game finishing with 25 points, three rebounds, and three assists. The Mercury are averaging 77.8 points while their defense is giving up 83.4 points per game. The offense is ranked 12th while the pitching is ranked 6th. Brittney Griner is averaging 17.9 points while shooting 57 percent from the field. Diana Taurasi is averaging 17.2 points while shooting 42.5 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from behind the three point line.
Shane’s Free Pick
Even on tired legs, the Liberty are going to have little issues again in this game. The Mercury’s offense is averaging 77.8 points and they aren’t going to have good enough offense here. The Liberty are averaging 88.5 points and they are going to have no issue running up the score again. The Mercury won’t have the offense to keep up, and that will be the difference as the Liberty are going to get the job done. Back the Liberty against the spread.