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NYL vs PHO Dream11 Prediction WNBA Live Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for New York Liberty vs Phoenix Mercury

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NYL vs PHO Dream11: The WNBA has reached the midway point and we have seen another incredible season that has lived up to its footing. In a couple of days, we will be heading to the WNBA All-Star game which will feature the best of the best in the league. Before that, the New York Liberty will host the Phoenix Mercury.

The New York Liberty had a start-stop campaign or rather a stop-start one. They began the season with just 1 win and seven losses, then had a strong recovery but then lost their way again. However, they will come into the game after registering a statement 116:107 win against the Las Vegas Aces as Sabrina Ionescu popped off for 31 points. In fact, the same goes for the Phoenix Mercury, another team that had a terrible season so far if we consider that they were the Finalists last season. They have registered 14 losses and just 9 wins. They will come into this game after losing to the Sparks 75-78 despite a 22 points outing by Skylar Diggins-Smith. Can the Mercury figure out their way here?

Home: Phoenix Mercury
Visitors: New York Liberty

Match Timing: 8 July, @ 07:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Footprint Center

WNBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Liberty needs Ionescu to click

The theme is simple; Ionescu has a big night, and Liberty has a better chance of winning. During their losses, Sabrina has been unable to deal with the double/triple teams thrown at her at the perimeter, which has gotten her out of the rhythm. The team has been certainly better since the inclusion of Marine Johannes, who has fixed the long-range woes and Natasha Howard has been a decent option as well. Xu Han has given a boost off the bench but the Liberty needs more cohesion and a winning streak desperately.

Mercury’s defense is off and the offense lacks the edge

Without Britney Griner, Mercury’s offense and defense both have been exposed. They miss her stellar help defense, rebounding, inside scoring, and just the overall impact. This is why the Mercury has become from a championship-level team to a low-tier Playoffs team. After a hot start to the season, Diana Taurasi’s offense has kissed goodbye but Skylar Diggins-Smith has done her job. Sophie Cunningham has been on fire but the team lacks a big player that can score inside and the departure of Tina Charles has exacerbated that problem.

Performance Predictions

Highest scorer: Sabrina Ionescu: 26
Highest rebounder: Sabrina Ionescu: 11
Top assists maker: Sabrina Ionescu: 9
Score Prediction: Liberty: 87 Mercury: 82

New York Liberty vs Phoenix Mercury Dream11 WNBA Live, Team News, and Lineups

New York Liberty Team News:

  • Betnijah Laney, Rebecca Allen, Jocelyn Willoughby, Nayara Sabally are OUT for the game.

Liberty Expected Starting Five
Athletic Forward: PF: Natasha Howard
Physical 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.

Phoenix Mercury Teams News:

  • Brittney Griner, Kia Nurse are OUT.

Mercury Expected Starting Five
Post Forward: F: Brianna Turner
Defensive Threat and Off-Ball Shooter: F: Sophie Cunningham
Two-Way Energy Bunny: G: Shey Peddy
Isolation Scorer: PG: Skylar Diggins-Smith
Playmaking and Long-Range Guard: PG: Diana Taurasi

BENCH: Megan Gustafson, Karlie Samuelson, Diamond DeShields, Sam Thomas, Kristine Anigwe.

WNBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Skylar Diggins-Smith(PHO)
Points: 22
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 05
Steals: 01
Blocks: 01
Skylar continues having a stellar scoring season and she has come alive time and time again, only for her team to fall short. I believe she will be in 21-25 points, 4-6 assists, and 4-6 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-41

Sabrina Ionescu(NYL)
Points: 31
Rebounds: 13
Assists: 10
Guard Sabrina has been in a brilliant touch but she will help her team out more if she developed a more consistent offensive game. I believe she will be in 20+ points, 9-12 assists, and 8-11 rebounds range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 Prediction scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-52

Diana Taurasi(PHO)
Points: 13
Rebounds: 00
Assists: 06
Diana has been doing a woeful job of shooting the ball recently after she had started on a hot note to begin the season. I believe she will be in 14-19 points and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-30

Natasha Howard(NYL)
Points: 18
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 03
Blocks: 01

Howard has been incredible in terms of scoring the ball, and grabbing rebounds and she has been a big factor for the Liberty. I believe she will be in 14-19 points and 5-9 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-33

Shey Peddy(PHO)
Points: 10
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 03
Steals: 04
Guard Shey has been electric this season but perhaps will need to do more on the offensive end as her team is lacking a bit. I believe she will be in 12-17 points range here
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31

Marine Johannes(NYL)
Points: 11
Rebounds: 01
Assists: 09
Steals: 01
Guard Marine has been nailing her long-ball and her playmaking has been on point too thus far. I believe she will be in 12-18 points and 4-7 assists range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-33

NYL vs PHO DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

  • Sophie Cunningham(PHO) had 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal in the last game. Cunningham has done her bit on both ends at this point. I believe she will be in 11-16 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 16-26
  • Xu Han(NYL) had 24 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists in her last game. Center Xu uses her size well and she can give Liberty a further boost if given more minutes. I believe she will be in 10-15 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-30
  • Stefanie Dolson(NYL) had 11 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound in the last game. Dolson plays a vital role in the middle but her offense is mostly limited. I believe she will be in 8-12 points and 3-6 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 13-23
  • Brianna Turner(PHO) had 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals in the last game. Turner is a solid rebounder and defender but her offense has been not high-yielding. I believe she will be in 5-9 points and 6-9 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 11-21
  • Sam Whitcomb(NYL) had 6 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound in the last game. Sam can knock down the long ball but since the arrival of Marine, her minutes have fallen below 20. I believe she will be in 5-9 points range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 8-15
  • Diamond DeShields(PHO) had 7 points, 5 rebounds in the last game. Diamond has had a strong season so far but has been relegated to a bench role again. I believe she will bounce back and be in 12-17 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 15-30
  • Reshanda Gray(PHO) had 7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block in the last game. Reshanda has been decent in terms of finishing inside. I believe she will be in 4-8 points and 3-5 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 7-15
  • Crystal Dangerfield(NYL) had 6 points in the last game. Crystal hasn’t played minutes but can do a decent job of handling the ball.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 4-10
  • Didi Richards(NYL) had 3 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound, 1 block, 1 steal in the last game. Didi is a tough defender but her offense has been limited.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 9-17
  • Michaela Onyenwere(NYL) had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block in the last game. Onyenwere has some strong offensive moves but her impact has been limited. I believe she will be in 4-8 points and 2-4 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 6-12

NYL vs PHO Dream11 Team

(Recommended)
PG: S Diggins-Smith(PP), S Whitcomb, S Ionescu(SP)
SG:  M Johannes, D Richards
SF: D DeShields
PF: S Cunningham
C:    H Xu

(Alternate)
PG: S Peddy, S Ionescu(SP)
SG: M Johannes
SF : R Gray
PF: S Cunningham, N Howard(PP)
C:    B Turner, H Xu

Where to watch WNBA Live Score?

How will it be when veteran Skylar Diggins-Smith takes on the blooming Sabrina Ionescu? You can watch 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 learn the scores, news, and stats, go to the official website of the WNBA.

Shubham Singh

Basketball is an intense sport and NBA has the most varied talents in the world. I like analysing basketball and uncover the nuances that dictate the game.