Date/Time: 08-18-2018 18:00 EDT
Spread: Phoenix Mercury -3.5
The second-worse squads of each conference are clashing today, when the 5th in the West Phoenix Mercury (12-13), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the 5th in the East New York Liberty (8-17), who are struggling mightily having won only once in their last eleven games.
Phoenix Mercury have a 12-13 record (13-11-1 ATS) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the Western Conference. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak by winning at home against Atlanta with a 77-68 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Brittney Griner with 19.4 ppg, adding 7 boards per game. She is followed by DeWanna Bonner with 18.3 ppg and a team high 7.6 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersNew York Liberty have an 8-17 record (9-15-1 ATS) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the Eastern Conference. They have lost 10 of their last 11 matches and in their last game they lost on the road against Dallas with a 77-83 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Tina Charles with 17.3 ppg, adding a team high 7.5 boards per game. She is followed by Kia Nurse with 14.2 ppg.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Liberty won on the road with a 76-80 score. Mercury are 8-4 at home so far season, while the Liberty are 4-9 on the road. Liberty are better offensively, scoring 77 ppg to Mercury’s 75.7, while Mercury are better defensively, allowing 75.2 ppg to Liberty’s 84.2. Liberty have better percentages both in field goals (42% to 41.3%) and in 3-pointers (33.5% to 32.4%). Liberty are better both in dimes made (18.8 to 17.5) and in boards grabbed (34.5 to 32.4), while Mercury are better in turnovers committed (12.9 to 16). Bookmakers give the Mercury a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
New York Liberty vs Phoenix Mercury Prediction: Phoenix Mercury -3.5 (-114)