New York and Phoenix are hanging onto playoff hopes by the skin of their teeth. More than ever, every game matters for both teams.
The winner of tonight's matchup tonight will be positioned for the eighth and final playoff spot with only a few games left to play.
With that said, here are our WNBA picks and predictions for Liberty vs. Mercury on Saturday, August 6.
Liberty vs Mercury odds
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The Liberty opened as 1-point favorites early Saturday morning despite being on the road, and that number ticked up to -2.5 by late morning before settling at -2.0 in the afternoon. The total moved even less, opening at 163.5 before falling to 162.5 at most books.
Liberty vs Mercury predictions
Predictions made on 8/06/2022 at 2:00 p.m. ET.
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Liberty vs Mercury info
• Location: Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ
• Date: Saturday, August 6, 2022
• Tip-off: 10:00 p.m. ET
• TV: YES, Bally Sports Arizona Extra
Liberty vs Mercury betting preview
Liberty: Betnijah Laney G (Out).
Mercury: Diana Taurasi G (Questionable), Kia Nurse G (Out).
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Betting trend to know
The Liberty are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games. Find more WNBA betting trends for Liberty vs. Mercury.
Liberty vs Mercury picks and predictions
Our side and total predictions are based upon our analysis of the line and total in this game. Our best bet is our favorite pick across all markets.
There is an instinct to trust the home side in a game with a spread this tight, but that team hasn't shown any reason to be trusted.
Phoenix is 9-5 outright at home and 8-6 ATS, but two of those wins came against Indiana. Otherwise, the Mercury are just 6-6 ATS at home and 7-5 outright.
Meanwhile, New York is found its footing of late, going 6-4-1 ATS in its last 11. It's important to note that three of those losses came against the WNBA’s best five teams. The Liberty have exceeded expectations when they play winnable games, and facing a Phoenix team with a spread of just one bucket qualifies as just that.
New York should get the job done tonight.
Prediction: Liberty -2 (-110 at Caesars)
For plenty of reasons, these two teams are mired in a chase for the final playoff spot. Clearly, that will show itself in any of their underlying statistics.
When looking at their offenses and defenses, however, both New York and Phoenix aren't great defensively compared to how they fare at scoring.
The Liberty have a defensive rating over 100.0, while the Mercury are not all that far from last in the league (104.5 defensive rating to 107.8). These units do not hold up well, while the offenses are vaguely decent.
I'll lean towards a higher-scoring affair tonight at the Footprint Center.
Prediction: Over 162 (-110 at DraftKings)
Looking at the five teams chasing the final two playoff spots, the games amongst them matter even more. Yet, Phoenix is 4-6 outright in the last two months against Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York, and Atlanta. The Liberty, meanwhile, are 5-3 outright.
The Mercury have had their chances to secure a playoff gig but have continued to squander them. The Liberty have made the most of those moments, and a two-point spread also comes with a reduced money line.
The 20 percent cost of betting the New York moneyline should be worth dodging the trouble of a one- or two-point result.
Pick: Liberty moneyline (-130 at DraftKings)
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