CHI vs NYL Dream11: The WNBA is in full throttle and oh, how I love this league! Each day I wait to consume more of this league and have high respect for the athletes that make it so far. It isn’t easy in the league, the pay isn’t handsome as in the NBA and a lot of effort is needed to maintain a roster spot. Anyway, in this game, the Chicago Sky will host the New York Liberty.
The Sky lost the last encounter in Overtime as Sparks took control late and handed them a 91:98 loss to open the season. Meanwhile, the Liberty had a hot start to the season and shut out last season’s table-topper Sun 81:79 as highly talented Sabrina Ionescu loaded up for 25 points. Can the experienced Sky get their first win of the season?
Host: Chicago Sky
Visitors: New York Liberty
Match Timing: 12 May, @ 04:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Wintrust Arena
Liberty can improve, Sky has the title to defend
Sky showed some rust in the first game on the defensive end and as Vandersloot was raided by the Skyy Sparks defense. While the frontcourt of Messeman and Parker excite a ton of excitement as both are all-around players, however, without Copper and Quigley, the team looks a bit off on both ends. Dana Evans had a strong game while Azura Stevens kept on impressing, but the Sky will need their two main players back soon.
The Liberty had a scintillating opening night and their defense surely was impressive. Sabrina Ionescu looked even more dialed in terms of her offense and had a brilliant start to the season with an all-around performance. Howard and Dolson form a physical frontcourt whereas Willoughby and Whitcomb looked great in the opening game. Can Liberty build something special here?
Highest scorer: Sabrina Ionescu: 23
Highest rebounder: Natasha Howard: 8
Top assists maker: Courtney Vandersloot: 9
Score Prediction: Sky 87 Liberty 83
Chicago Sky vs New York Liberty NBA Live, Team News and Lineups
Chicago Sky News
Sky Expected Starting Five
All-Around Forward: F: Candace Parker
All-Around Forward: F: Emma Messeman
Inside Presence: F: Azura Stevens
Leading Playmaker: PG: Courtney Vandersloot
Scoring Guard: G: Dana Evans
BENCH: Kaela Davis, Ruthy Hebard, Anneli Maley, Tina Krajisnik, Sparkle Taylor.
New York Liberty Teams News:
Liberty Expected Starting Five
Athletic Forward: PF: Natasha Forward
Inside Presence: C: Stefanie Dolson
Iso Wing: SF: Betnijah Laney
All-Around Guard: SG: Sam Whitcomb
Leading All-Around Ball-Handler: PG: Sabrina Ionescu
BENCH: Jacques Williougbhy, Lorela Cubaj, Michaela Onyenwera, Ad Durr, Xu Han, Kaila Charles.
NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks
Sabrina is an incredible scorer and showed that in the last game, knocking down 10 of her 18 shots while helping the Liberty as a playmaker too. I believe she will be in 20+ points, 5+ assists, and 4+ rebounds range here. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 29-41
Legendary Parker showed she has still got it and nailed 8 of her 14 shots in the last game but would like to cut down on her six turnovers. I expect a 17-22 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 3-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-41
Howard is an incredible Forward and provides stellar rebounding, defense, and also can help out on the scoring end. I expect a 14-20 points, 6-10 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-40
Emma has lovely footwork and has been a renowned basketball star around the world, bringing a complete game. I expect her to be in 13-17 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 3-5 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-35
Sam had a solid opening night and impacts the game in various ways, forming a great backcourt alliance alongside Sabrina. I expect the Australian to be in 10-15 points, 4-6 rebounds, and 3-5 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-32
Sophomore Dana had an unbelievable night and banged home 9 of her 17 shots while being a nuisance on defense. I expect her to be in 11-16 points range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 13-22
PG: C Vandersloot(PP), S Whitcomb, S Ionescu(SP)
SG: S Taylor
SF: E Messeman
PF: N Howard
C: S Dolson, A Stevens
PG: C Vandersloot, S Ionescu(SP)
SG: S Taylor
SF: B Laney
PF: C Parker(PP), N Howard
C: S Dolson, A Stevens
Sabrina Ionescu can score like a wizard and wouldn’t you also love to see Candace Park giving the youngsters some business? You can watch this exciting game on the WNBA League Pass through which you have all the live games and also the full-game replays. To know the scores, news, and stats, go to the official website of the WNBA.