New York Liberty vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction: Phoenix Mercury will start as favorites when they take on New York Liberty in tonight’s game.
The WNBA is set for a massive finish as the clock is ticking quicker than ever for the play-off spots to be sealed. On Saturday night, the Phoenix Mercury are desperate to resurrect their campaign when they play New York Liberty in an inter-conference clash.
The match will be played in the Footprint Center tonight. Both Mercury and Liberty have a big chance of playing in the postseason, but a loss here could worsen their chances. On the outlook, it looks like Mercury is the favorite here, with their opponents having a tough nut to crack.
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New York Liberty vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction: Recent form
The Phoenix Mercury who were looking out of contention, have managed to claw their way back but they need a couple of results going their way. Overall, their season has been just about par considering their dismal performance streak in the middle of the season.
They have currently settled in 4th position having played 32 games and won 13 of them in the process. Despite having a strong record at home, their away record of 4-14 needs a massive improvement for them to go deep.
On the other hand, the New York Liberty weren’t lucky enough to be on the right side of the results, as they are battling with Dream for the prestigious playoff berth. They are currently sitting in the fourth position, closing the gap to Mystics.
Their ascent has been furthered by their recent victories against Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks respectively. They have a home record of 8-9 and an away record of 5-9 which needs rapid improvement for them to play post-season games.
New York Liberty vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction: Head-to-head
Matches: 31: Liberty: 5 Mercury: 19 Draws: 7
Last Meeting: Liberty won against Mercury by 89-69 margin on 31st July 2022.
New York Liberty vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction: Players to watch
Shey Peddy is an important forward for the side with the uncanny ability to turn around the game. She amassed 14 points and 4 assists in her last game.
Sophie Cunningham came up with the goods as she pitched in with 10 points and 5 rebounds against Sun.
Skylar Diggins Smith who will be the shooting guard has averaged 19.7 points in every outing and has been a consistent performer for the side this season.
Diamond DeShields who plays as the forward has a field goal percentage of 39.1 and a free-throw percentage of 74.8 besides 1.9 assists.
Stefanie Dolson who has played at the center position has averaged 8.3 points and 4.4 rebounds besides a free throw percentage of 92.5.
Sabrina Ionescu was breathing fire against Sparks as she made 20 points and 6 assists. On the other hand, Marine Johannes has good numbers in terms of turnovers whereas she must do better than 0.7 steals.
Natasha Howard brings power and versatility to the center as the lead forward while providing 12 points and 7 rebounds in her last outing.
New York Liberty vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction: Predicted Winner
The odds and predictions for this encounter between Mercury and Liberty are not the easiest to call as both sides are capable of producing a high-quality performance. That being said, the pundits are bound to take sides before the battle begins and they have clearly picked Mercury to emerge as the winner.
The FiveThirtyEight website has got the back of Mercury in the clash with a 60% winning chance whereas Liberty has a 30% chance. On the other hand, the Phoenix-based side has the best odds of 100/1 while their opponents have similar odds of 100/1 stacked against them to win the championship, according to Oddschecker.