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New York Liberty vs. Chicago Sky Pick & Prediction JULY 29th 2022

WNBA | BASKETBALL
TV:
Logo New York Liberty
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Logo Chicago Sky
164.5
OPENNER
-10

165o -110
CURRENT
-8 -104

+245
MONEYLINE
-285

81
SCORE
89

The New York Liberty will travel to Chicago to play the Sky on Friday for the second half of the home-and-home regular-season series between the teams.

The Liberty (10-17), who have been off since their 83-80 home win over the Sky (21-7) last Saturday, are hoping to make it two in a row against the reigning WNBA champions.

New York's win over Chicago last week snapped a brutal five-game losing streak, and Natasha Howard talked after that game about how the team took a big step forward with the victory.

 


Howard came through with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday against the Sky, and Sabrina Ionescu put together an all-around game of 17 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.

Howard said she and Ionescu have been trying to provide leadership as the Liberty attempt to stay in the playoff hunt.

"It takes hard work," Howard said. "We're both really not vocal. We show everyone our game, but lately, we've both been very vocal, on the bench, in the huddle, and even on the court as well. That's one thing we've both grown in this season, and that has really been helping us."

For the Sky, they are looking to bounce back after a tough 93-83 loss to the Las Vegas Aces in the championship game of the Commissioner's Cup on Tuesday.


The league-leading Sky are facing the Liberty for the fourth time this season and hold a 2-1 record against their Eastern Conference foe in those matchups.

Chicago trailed 33-14 after one quarter against the Aces before staying close over the remaining three quarters.

But it's consistency that the Sky are hoping to find as they push ahead over the final few weeks of the regular season.


"I'm not worried about our team when we face adversity. I'm worried about us getting into adversity," said star Candace Parker, who scored a team-high 20 points in the Commissioner's Cup game.

"It's more not facing adversity. I think we're built for that. But it's not getting ourselves into it."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
New York Liberty
79
87
Chicago Sky

New York Liberty vs. Chicago Sky

Amanda Zahui B. scored 22 points and Layshia Clarendon made two tie-breaking free throws with 0.3 seconds left as the New York Liberty broke their seven-game WNBA losing streak, knocking off the Chicago Sun 101-99 on Tuesday night at Bradenton, Fla.

With the score tied 99-99, Clarendon drove the lane and was fouled on her follow-through by Stefanie Dolson. Clarendon finished with 17 points.

Zahui B. also had game highs in rebounds (12), steals (three) and blocks (three), while also dishing three assists.

Allie Quigley led Chicago (10-5) with a game-high 29 points, including 22 in the second half. The 29 points tied her career high.

New York (2-12), which has the worst record in the league and a roster loaded with seven rookies, won without star point guard Sabrina Ionescu, the No. 1 pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft. Ionescu has been out since this year's third game due to an ankle injury.

But, even without their leader, the Liberty put together a 16-3 second-quarter run and then shot 68 percent from the floor in the third.

New York, which won its first game since August 7, shot a season-best 55.9 percent from the floor. The Liberty also shot 46.7 percent on three-pointers (14-for-30).
Chicago, which started Tuesday one game out of first place in the WNBA, had its four-game win streak snapped.

Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot had 15 points and a game-high nine assists. Teammate Kahleah Copper, a 6-1 wing who is considered a top candidate for the WNBA Most Improved Player award, also had 15 points, shaking off a fourth-quarter injury to her right ankle.

The Sky played without 6-6 starting center Azura Stevens, who was seen on the sidelines on crutches.

Sky guard Diamond DeShields is also out, but her return appears imminent.

Chicago's biggest lead was 16 points, in the second quarter. But New York closed the quarter on that big run and went into halftime trailing 49-46.
New York kept rolling in the third, grabbing its first second-half lead on Zahui B.'s 3-pointer with 1:51 left in the third.

The Liberty, which entered the fourth with a 78-75 lead, stretched its advantage to eight points and held on for the win.

--Field Level Media
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