Date/Time: 07-24-2018 11:30 EDT
Spread: Connecticut Sun -9
Two teams sitting on opposite sides of the Eastern Conference table are clashing today, when the third-worse New York Liberty, who ended a small losing streak and want to continue on the winning ways, are visiting the team that currently holds the best record in the East, the Connecticut Sun, who have won their last 3.
The Liberty are 8-10 (8-9-1 against the spread) so far in the league and are sitting on the third to last place of the East. In their latest matchup they ended a 3-game defeat streak with a home victory against the Sparks, 83-78. The Sun are 12-6 (9-9 against the spread) so far in the league and are sitting on top of the East. They have won their last 3 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against the Dream at home, 98-69.
Top Basketball BookmakersNew York are led in scoring by Tina Charles with 17.4 ppg. She also leads the team in rebounding with 7.4 per game, while Kia Nurse follows with 16.2 ppg. Asia Durr adds 11.1 ppg. Connecticut are led in scoring by Jonquel Jones with 15.5 ppg. She also leads the team in rebounding with 10.2 per game, while Alyssa Thomas follows with 11.6 ppg, adding 7.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Jasmine Thomas adds 11.4 ppg, 3.1 rebounds and leads the team in assists made with 5.4 per game.
Connecticut led New York 2-1 wins last year with both squads splitting wins in the two Connecticut games. The hosts won with a 92-77 score and New York won 76-79. Connecticut have an 8-1 home record, while New York have a 4-5 road record. Connecticut have both a better offense with 78.7 ppg to NY’s 78.2 and a better defense, allowing 74.9 ppg to NY’s 83.2. The Sun also have a better accuracy both from the field (41.5% to 41.1%) and from behind the arc (35.4% to 32.8%). They also grab more rebounds (37.1 to 34.9) and commit fewer turnovers per game (14.1 to 15.2), while both squads dish almost the same number of assists per game (18.5 to 18.4). Connecticut are the absolute favorite and expect them to get away with an easy win by more than 9 points today.
New York Liberty vs Connecticut Sun Prediction: Connecticut Sun -9 (-114)