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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 is just a couple of weeks away from the Playoffs window and we have entered a tricky phase of the season as the stakes and places for the last few places get ever-so-high. In this game of the WNBA, the New York Liberty will face off Phoenix Mercury in an important game.

The New York Liberty has had another tough season, and they have just won 10 games and lost 18 matches. They have lost eight of the last ten games and their season hasn’t been up-to-the-mark. In their last game, the Liberty lost to the Sky 81-89 in another disappointing performance.

Meanwhile, the Mercury has had a whirlwind of a season. They began slow but recovered from a 2 wins and 8 losses start to be with 13 wins and 16 losses, meaning they have won 11 and lost eight games since then. In their last game, the Mercury defeated the Sparks 90-80 as Diana Taurasi posted 30 points.

In the only game between the two teams, the Mercury defeated the Liberty 84-81.

Home: New York Liberty
Visitors: Phoenix Mercury

Match Timing: 31 July, @ 11:30 PM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Barclays Center

WNBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Liberty has not found their groove

The Liberty has been unable to cope with the intensity of oppositions, their offense has been strangely off the mark. It is a mystery because they are loaded with shooters like Ionescu, Rebecca, Johannes, and Whircomb. The team has been unable to figure out the rotations as the starters keep shuffling.

This is a rather disappoint tale for a team that has been horrendous with the shot-selection and it seems like that Sabrina Ionescu is still finding her feet in the league despite being one of the best all-around players. Natasha Howard has been inspiring but overall, the team has been unable to identify combinations that can pull them through.

Mercury has improved

Seems like the sepeartiaon of Tina Charles and Mercury has benefited both the parties. The Mercury has gone small-ball since then and inserting Cunningham and Peddy alongside Taurasi and Diggins-Smith have made it a four-guard rotation whereas Brianna Turner acts as the defensvie achor as the inside defender.

Diana Taurasi has been in sweet rhythm these days, having found her stroke whereas Skylar Diggins-Smith continues to be her dominating self on both ends. Sophie Cunningham is having the best season of her life but the team has been playing without vital bench player Diamond DeShields as Peddy has been given bigger duties in a shortened rotation.

Performance Predictions

Highest scorer: Skylar Diggins-Smith: 30
Highest rebounder: Natasha Howard: 9
Top assists maker: Sabrina Ionescu: 8
Score Prediction: Mercury  88      Liberty 82

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

New York Liberty Team News:

  • Betnijah Laney is OUT for the game.

Liberty Expected Starting Five
Athletic Forward: PF: Natasha Howard
Physical Presence: C: Stefanie Dolson
Expert Ball-Handler: G: Crystal Dangerfield
Off-The-Ball Guard: SG: Rebecca Allen
Leading All-Around Ball-Handler: PG: Sabrina Ionescu

BENCH: Sam Whitcomb, Marine Johannes, Jocelyn Willoughoby, Michaela Onyenwera, Xu Han.

Phoenix Mercury Teams News:

  • Brittney Griner, Kia Nurse, Diamond DeShields 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, Reshanda Gray, Jennie Simms, Kaela Davis, Sam Thomas.

WNBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Skylar Diggins-Smith(PHO)
Points: 27
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 06
Steals: 01
Blocks: 01
Diggins-Smith continues to be one of the best players in the league and can contribute on both ends of the floor. I believe she will be in 23-31 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-41

Sabrina Ionescu(NYL)
Points: 16
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 06
Guard Ionescu has had a profound impact as an all-around player but her overall shooting has suffered a lot at times. I believe she will be in 17-23 points, 6-9 assists,a nd 5-8 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: 30
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 02
Steals: 02
Guard Taurasi has done a great job at shooting the ball lately and continues to showcase her best even at this game. I believe she will be in 20-26 points and 3-6 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-30

Natasha Howard(NYL)
Points: 15
Rebounds: 10
Assists: 04
Steals: 03
Blocks: 02

Forward Natasha has been a huge factor both as a scorer and rebounder, also providing more than serviceable defense. I believe she will be in 13-19 points, 8-12 rebounds, and 1-3 steals/blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-33

Sophie Cunningham(PHO)
Points: 08
Rebounds: 01
Assists: 02
Steals: 03
Cunningham has been doing an amazing job at shooting the ball lately and is having the best season of her life. I believe she will be in 13-19 points and 1-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31

Marine Johannes(NYL)
Points: 13
Rebounds: 01
Assists: 05

Guard Johannes has a sweet shooting stroke and has shuffled between starting and bench roles. I believe the sharpshooter and strong playmaker will be in 11-17 points and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-33

NYL vs PHO DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

  • Shey Peddy(PHO) had 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals in the last game. Guard Shey has been getting it done on both ends. I believe she will be in 9-14 points range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 16-26
  • Xu Han(NYL) had 9 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block in her last game. Center Han has had a strong impact in limited minutes, using her size well.I believe she will be in 7-11 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-30
  • Stefanie Dolson(NYL) had 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal in the last game. Center Stefanie has provided toughness in the middle. I believe she will be in 8-12 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 13-23
  • Brianna Turner(PHO) had 2 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, 2 steals in the last game. Brianna is an elite defender and a strong defender. I believe she will be in 2-6 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 1-3 steals/blocks range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 11-21
  • Rebecca Allen(NYL) had 6 points, 2 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks in the last game. Guard Allen has been doing a decent job of shooting the ball. I believe she will be in 6-9 points range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 8-15
  • Megan Gustafson(PHO) had 5 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block in the last game. Megan has gotten around 10 minutes mostly.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 15-30
  • Jenna Simms(PHO) had 6 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game. Jenna has gotten decent minutes these days because of Diamond’s injury.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 7-15
  • Sam Whitcomb(NYL) had 5 points, 3 assists, 1 steal in the last game. Sam is on-and-off shooting-wise many times. I believe she will be in 5-9 points range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 4-10
  • Crystal Dangerfield(NYL) had 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block in the last game. Guard Crystal has been starting but has had limited impact. I believe she will be in 4-7 points range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 9-17
  • Michaela Onyenwere(NYL) had 3 points, 1 rebound in the last game. Michaela doesn’t play many minutes.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 6-12

NYL vs PHO Dream11 Team

(Recommended)
PG: S Diggins-Smith(PP), S Peddy, S Ionescu(SP)
SG: R Allen
SF : S Whitcomb
PF: S Cunningham
C:    H Xu, M Gustafson

(Alternate)
PG: S Ionescu(SP), S Peddy
SG: M Johannes, D Taurasi(PP)
SF : S Whitcomb
PF: S Cunningham, M Onyenwere
C:    S Dolson

Where to watch WNBA Live Score?

Skylar Diggins-Smith taking on Sabrina Ionescu, who will come on top here? 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.