On the WNBA parquet floor in the Big Apple, two teams competing for postseason positioning face off in an inter-conference game. The Phoenix Mercury will play the New York Liberty on Friday night to finish a two-game set while they are on the road. Phoenix rolled to a 106-79 victory in the series opener on Wednesday night to guarantee no worse than a split. The Mercury had won nine of the last 11 encounters between the teams. The Liberty, on other hand, won the opening meeting of this season on the road, 85-83. By winning on Wednesday, the Mercury evened the season series.
Head to Head Stats AND Previous Results
Both teams have faced each other 33 times in total. Due to its 21 victories, the Phoenix Mercury enjoys a tiny advantage. In 12 games, New York Liberty was superior. On September 24, 2021, the final head-to-head match was played, and the final score was 83:82. Who has a better probability of winning this match? Let’s see.
Phoenix will be looking to repeat Wednesday Heroics
The Phoenix Mercury team is an underdog in the championship, as shown by its performances. It has 14 losses and only 9 victories on its record after the games it played. Due to the play, the club has a 39.1% victory rate and is ranked 10th overall. We’ll check to see if it can score the crucial points in this game.
Liberty is looking for form after a disappointing couple of matches
According to statistics, the New York Liberty team had a very difficult time getting a good result; they only had a 40 percent win rate against them and were ranked 9 in the standings. It had 12 losses, each one coming after the last, and only 8 times did it experience the taste of victory. We’ll see if the team can improve its point total and advance as far as it can from last place.
Favorites to Win
Since the Olympic break, Phoenix has won all five of its games, as well as seven of its previous eight games dating back before the break. In the WNBA playoff picture, the Mercury are currently four games over.500 and one game away from the fourth seed. New York, meanwhile, entered this game having lost six of their previous seven games and three straight. In addition, the Liberty must contend with a diminished rotation due to Whitcomb and maybe Jones’ absence from this game. Whitcomb’s loss is a major setback for New York because he had really grown into a reliable scorer and playmaker while Howard was out.