Phoenix (4-2) at New York (3-3)
When: Sunday, June 4th 2017
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Time: 3:05 ET | TV: League Pass
The Phoenix Mercury will look for their third straight victory when they visit Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon to take on the New York Liberty in WNBA action. The Mercury have the league’s all-time leading three-point shooter now after Diana Taurasi broke Katie Smith’s record of 906 made 3’s. She matched Smith in a 107-65 win over Dallas on May 27th and surpassed her less than five minutes into a 99-91 win at Chicago on Thursday. It was the fourth win in six games to start the season for Phoenix, who are tied with Seattle for second place in the Western Conference. Taurasi scored 37 points in Thursday’s win at Chicago as the Mercury kicked-off their three-game road trip in style. Brittney Griner, who leads the Mercury in scoring (21.5), added 28 points and 13 rebounds as she and Taurasi were the only two to score over 14 points. Leilani Mitchell was the only other double-digit scorer with 14 off the bench. Phoenix will end their road swing at Indiana on Wednesday.
The Liberty are in the midst of a five-game homestand and broke a two-game losing streak on Friday with a 93-89 win over Dallas. Tina Charles scored a career-high 36 points, including 22 in the second half as the Liberty held off the Wings after taking a nine-point lead with 2:47 left. It was the first of several games the Liberty will play without Epiphanny Prince and Kia Vaughn. Both players are fulfilling overseas obligations which will run through the end of June, and with Brittany Boyd out because of an injury, the Liberty are playing without three of their top seven scorers. Shavonte Zellous broke out of a major slump with a season-high 27 points, while Kiah Stokes recorded 13 points and 15 boards. It was the first time this season that the Liberty have outscored their opponent in the second half of a game, but they did allow a 9-2 run to end the game. New York still has Atlanta and Seattle left on the homestand.
New York has been struggling to cover the spread against everyone recently and are still short-handed. Phoenix has the top defense in the league with a couple of big time scorers. I’ll lay the points.
Pick: Mercury -5
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