NYL vs LVA Dream11: The WNBA is in its halfway stages and we have seen exhilarating battles throughout the season. The All-Star Teams have been announced but more importantly, this is a juncture for the teams that have been off to make a big run or they lose substantial ground. And in this game, New York Liberty will meet the Las Vegas Aces.
After a poor 1-7 start to the season, the Liberty did recover and posted some incredible wins, but they are back to their old ways, having lost their last two matches. They come into this game after losing to the Sparks 74:84 despite a 17 points night by Marine Johannes. On the other hand, the Las Vegas Aces started hot, winning 13 of their first 15 games, but they have lost four out of their last six games. They came into this game after an embarrassing 71:102 loss in their worst effort of the season. Can the Aces get back to their old ways?
Home: Las Vegas Aces
Visitors: New York Liberty
Match Timing: 7 July, @ 07:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Barclays Center
Liberty’s same old issues
For all the all-around heroics she performs, Sabrina Ionescu hasn’t been getting it done shooting-wise lately. She has dominated the rebounds and assists end but teams are double/triple teaming her and she has been made to waste a lot of energy. The inclusion of Marine Johannes has improved shooting but the overall scoring balance is still missing. The team gets cold for long stretches and is yet to figure out a combination that can result in a long winning streak even this deep into the season. The squad does have a lot of potential.
The Aces have lost their early rhythm
The Aces have not been getting it done lately and that is surprising for a team that was unmatched to begin the season. Their offense hasn’t been the same and their pace hasn’t been the same either. Still, they are one of the top teams and have a roster that can go deep. It can be one of those windows where the team is exhausted after applying a ton of energy earlier. How can the Aces pump the engine a bit?
Highest scorer: Kelsey Plum: 23
Highest rebounder: A’ja Wilson: 9
Top assists maker: Sabrina Ionescu: 9
Score Prediction: Aces 89 Liberty 86
New York Liberty Teams News:
Liberty Expected Starting Five
Athletic Forward: PF: Natasha Howard
Inside Presence: C: Stefanie Dolson
Expert Ball-Handler: G: Crystal Dangerfield
Laser shooter and Playmaker: SG: Marine Johannes
Leading All-Around Ball-Handler: PG: Sabrina Ionescu
BENCH: Sam Whitcomb, Lorela Cubaj, Michaela Onyenwera, Xu Han.
Las Vegas Aces Teams News:
Aces Expected Starting Five
Two-Way Star Forward: PF: A’ja Wilson
Athletic Rebounding Forward: F: Dearica Hamby
Veteran Playmaking Guard: PG: Chelsea Gray
Sharp-Shooting Playmaking Guard: PG: Kelsey Plum
Athletic All-Around Guard: SG: Jackie Young
BENCH: Kiah Stokes, Riquna Williams, Theresa Plaisance, Sydney Colson, Aisha Sheppard, Kierstan Bell.
Guard Plum is having the best season of her life and she has been an incredible scorer and playmaker. I believe she will be in 16-23 points and 6-9 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-38
Guard Ionescu is one of the best all-around players in the league and also has unbelievable range but yes, she has been a bit inconsistent lately. I believe she will be in 15+ points, 8-11 assists, and 7-10 rebounds range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 Prediction scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-52
Forward Wilson is an elite rebounder and defender who can score in many ways, being one of the best players. I believe she will be in 17-24 points, 10-14 rebounds, and 1-2 steals/blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-52
Natasha gives solid minutes at the Forward position and although her offense can be more consistent, she is a big part of the Liberty effort. I expect a 12-16 points and 4-8 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-33
Guard Gray has been on fire throughout the season and has bailed teams out when there is a dry offensive period. I believe she will be in 11-16 points, 5-7 assists, and 3-6 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31
Marine has been capitalizing upon her three-point shooting and she has been a strong playmaker as well. I believe she will be in 13-19 points and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31
PG: K Plum, S Ionescu(SP)
SG: C Gray, R Williams, M Johannes
SF: J Young
PF: T Plaisance
C: S Dolson
PG: K Plum, C Dangerfield, S Ionescu(PP)
SG: M Johannes
SF : K Bell
PF: N Howard
C: A Wilson(SP), Xu Han
Can the Aces rediscover their earlier athletic rhythm against an inconsistent Ionescu and Liberty? You can catch this amazing battle on the WNBA League Pass an avenue to get hold of all the live games and you can also watch the full-game replays. To know the scores, news, and stats, go to the official website of the WNBA.