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New York LibertyPhoenix Mercury
Aug 23, 10:00 PM | US Airways Center

New York Liberty vs Phoenix Mercury Odds

8-13TEAM RECORD4-17

The Mercury will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Liberty tip off at US Airways Center on Thursday in WNBA play.

The Mercury are 4-17 so far on the season, and 6-15 ATS vs. the number. The Liberty, meanwhile, are 8-13 and 9-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Phoenix go 8-12-1 and the Liberty go 9-12 on the totals.

View New York vs Phoenix Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Mercury installed as 8.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks at 151.5.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Phoenix's No. 8-ranked offense (74.6 PPG) against a Liberty defense that ranks No. 10 at 78.4 PPG. The Mercury have averaged 38.1% from the field per game, less than the Liberty have managed so far this season (41.9% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Liberty own the league's No. 10-rated mark, allowing 82.5 points per game when on the road. Phoenix, on the other hand, rates No. 8 in home scoring.

The Liberty were a 77-67 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Sky. They covered the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (144) made winners of UNDER bettors. Cappie Pondexter scored 25 points for New York on Tuesday, leading the Liberty to a 77-67 victory over Chicago at Allstate Arena.

In their last action, Phoenix was an 89-47 loser at home against the Silver Stars. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (136) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Phoenix was crushed on Sunday, getting run out of the gym by San Antonio and falling 89-47 at US Airways Center.

New York Liberty Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Los Angeles are 5-5
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

Phoenix Mercury Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Indiana are 5-5
After playing San Antonio are 7-3
After a loss are 2-8

A few Liberty at Mercury trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of New York's last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 6 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
New York is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing New York
Phoenix is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing New York
Phoenix is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against New York

Next up:
New York at Los Angeles, Saturday, August 25
Phoenix home to Indiana, Saturday, August 25

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