In this all-Eastern showdown, two squads that had different fates regarding the playoffs last season are clashing, when the Chicago Sky, who will be playing their second game this season and are coming off an 18-point victory, are hosting last season’s Eastern Conference leaders New York Liberty, who participated in the playoffs but got eliminated in the second round. WNBA New York Liberty vs Chicago Sky Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 05-20-2017 19:00 EDT
Spread: Chicago Sky +3
Chicago Sky are 1-0 this season. In their last game they won on the road against the Indiana Fever with an 82-64 score. Last season they had a 12-22 record to end the season. And were tied with the Atlanta Dream for the second worst record in the Eastern Conference. In addition registered the third to last in the entire WNBA. They are led in scoring by Allie Quigley with 19 ppg. Quigley is followed by Diamond DeShields with 18 ppg and has a team high 8 rebounds per game. Stephanie Dolson adds 11 ppg and 7 rebounds per game.
New York Liberty finished last season with a 21-12 record. They earned the top mark in the East and third best record in the league. In the playoffs they got eliminated in the second round by the Washington Mystics with a 68-82 score. They were led in scoring by Tina Charles with 19.7 ppg, adding a team high 9.4 rebounds per game. She as followed by Epiphanny Prince with 12 ppg and a team high 2.9 assists per game, while Shavonte Zellous added 11.7 ppg, 4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
Liberty led the Sky 2-1 wins last season and the last game in Chicago ended with an 82-86 score for Liberty. Sky had the worse home record in the league last season with 4-13, while Liberty were 9-8 on the road. Last season Sky were better offensively, scoring 82.1 ppg to Liberty’s 79.7, while Liberty had the third-best defense in the league, allowing 76.6 ppg to Sky’s second-worse of 87.2.
Team Sky had better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 46.1% to Liberty’s second-worse of 40.9% and in 3-pointers, shooting with a league-best 37.5% to Liberty’s 33.2%. They were also better in assists made (21.1 to 16.7), while Liberty were better in rebounding (38.7 to 33.8) and in turnovers committed (13.1 to 15.9). Sky were atrocious at home last season and they have already played one game this season. Vegas odds give Liberty a -3 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road victory.
New York Liberty vs Chicago Sky Prediction: New York Liberty -3 (-109)
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