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| On Sep 23, 2021 5:22 PM IST

PHO vs NYL Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Basketball Tips, Starting Five, Team Details, 24 September


This marks the beginning of the WNBA Playoffs and in this elimination game two teams with contrasting journeys will face off. Here, Phoenix Mercury will have to go up against New York Liberty in a “win or go home” scenario.  More information about the PHO vs NYL Dream11 scenario will be given here.

PHO vs NYL Dream11 Prediction

The two teams clashing here have contrasting approaches. Mercury is second-slowest at pace in 76.4, but they can afford it since Griner, Nurse, Diggins-Smith, and Turner can undertake patient execution. Meanwhile, Liberty likes to play up-tempo, getting shots early in the shot-clock, being second in pace at 80.6. However, It doesn’t translate much due to poor efficiency, as the team is eleventh in offensive rating at 97.0.

Mercury has a more experienced lineup and could have done more if not constant injuries to Taurasi while Liberty has exceeded expectations. The Natasha Howard-Griner battle up-front sounds the most intriguing one in this game. But one can’t discount the presence of Betnijah Laney, all-around Sabrina Ionescu, Diggins-Smith, and the in-form Shey Peddy.

PHO vs NYL Dream Match Details

Host: Phoenix Mercury
Visitors: New York Liberty
Match Timing: 24 September, @ 07:30 AM
Venue: GCU Arena

PHO vs NYL Dream Court Details

GCU Arena is located in Grand Canyon University, Phoenix and is the home floor of Mercury. It has a seating capacity of 7000.

PHO vs NYL Dream11 Team Prediction:

Phoenix Mercury| New York Liberty
Games: 32| 32
Wins: 19| 12
Defeats: 13 | 20

PHO vs NYL Dream11 fantasy basketball lineup:

PG: R Allen, S Peddy
SG: S Whitcomb, S Ionescu(PP)
SF: K Nurse
PF: B Turner
C:  B Griner(SP), M Onyenwere

Phoenix Mercury 2021 Captain

Team Leaders:
Points per GameBrittney Griner: 20.5
Rebounds per Game- Brittney Griner: 9.5
Assists Per Game- Skylar Diggins-Smith: 5.3

New York Liberty 2021 Captain

Team Leaders:
Points per Game- Betnijah Laney: 16.8
Rebounds per Game- Natasha Howard: 7.2
Assists Per Game- Sabrina Ionescu: 6.1

PHO vs NYL Top Picks

*stats from last game*

Sabrina Ionescu
Points: 22
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 09
Steals: 01
PPG: 11.7     APG: 6.1       RPG: 5.7
Ionescu is a multi-talented PG who can score, rebound, and also act as a playmaker. She can break down defenses with her dribbles, can pull the trigger from deep, and also finish against contact. She has struggled to shoot at 38% but she is a threat in many ways, and can even get triple-doubles. Her numbers make her a fantasy option and a choice for the Super/Pro Player in the Dream11 Fantasy Line-up.

Brittney Griner
Points: 06
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 02
PPG: 20.5      RPG: 9.5      BPG: 1.9
Griner has had an MVP-type season and it comes as no surprise. The veteran big knows how to score both in low-post situations and the face-up ones. Brittney can use drop-steps, step-through, switch hand layups, post-fadeaways, post hooks, jump hooks, and the list goes on and on. Her rebounding and defense make her a constant double-double threat.

Natasha Howard
Points: 24
Rebounds: 10
Assists: 00
Steals: 03
PPG: 16.2     RPG: 7.2       SPG: 1.3
Natasha is a big who likes to establish low-post positions and hit tough shots inside. She can also shoot from distance. Her relentless rebounding and the energy on the floor will make a difference. Howard has hit form just at the right time and it is fair to say the Liberty couldn’t have made the postseason without her. Now, she will be huge in this elimination game.

Skylar Diggins-Smith
Points: 17
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 07
PPG: 17.7      APG: 5.3     RPG: 3.2       SPG: 1.1
Skylar is an effective guard and has got a huge chance with Mercury to advance her post-season ambitions. Diggins-Smith has a loopy jumper and her ability to dribble can give her access to paint. She also has a terrific hangtime and can use her nifty moves to finish inside. Skylar is also a terrific passer and an amazing guard overall.

Betnijah Laney
Points: 10
Rebounds: 03
Assists: 11
PPG: 16.8       APG: 5.2       RPG: 4.1      
Laney is a quick-footed Forward who has guard-like handles. Her ability to penetrate and also hit jumpers from outside make her one of the most difficult players to guard in the league. Betnijah is also a terrific playmaker and can snatch up boards with authority.

Brianna Turner
Points: 02
Rebounds: 08
Assists: 01
PPG: 7.8      RPG: 9.4        BPG: 1.3
Brianna likes to do most of her damage from inside and supply top-notch rebounding. Her wide frame along with her knack to read the trajectory of balls make her a terrific option. She can also cause disruptions in the lane through her defense and may bother Natasha Howard inside.

Sami Whitcomb
Points: 13
Rebounds: 07
Assists: 01
PPG: 11.7     RPG: 5.0

Shey Peddy
Points: 10
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 06
Steals: 02
PPG: 5.4

Rebecca Allen
Points: 09
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 02
Blocks: 01
PPG: 9.2     RPG: 3.7      SPG: 1.6       BPG: 1.2

Kia Nurse
Points: 14
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 00
PPG: 9.5    RPG: 3.5

Michaela Onyenwere 
Points: 04
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 01
PPG: 8.6

Sophie Cunningham
Points: 12
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 01
Steals: 02
PPG: 5.6

PHO Top Picks | Phoenix Mercury Starting Five

PF: Brianna Turner
SF: Kia Nurse
C: Brittney Griner
SG: Shey Peddy
PG: Skylar Diggins-Smith

BENCH: Diana Taurasi, Alanna Smith, Kia Vaughn, Megan Walker, Sophie Cunningham, Bria Hartley.

Phoenix Mercury Team News

  • Diana Taurasi is probable due to an ankle issue.
  • Alanna Smith is out indefinitely because of an illness.

Phoenix Mercury Squad: Kia Nurse, Shey Peddy, Alanna Smith, Diana Taurasi, Brianna Turner, Kia Vaughn, Megan Walker, Sophie Cunningham, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Brittney Griner, Bria Hartley.

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NYL Top Picks | New York Liberty Starting Five

PF: Betnijah Laney
SF: Sami Whitecomb
C: Natasha Howard
SG: Rebecca Allen
PG: Sabrina Ionescu

Bench: Reshanda Gray, Kylee Shook, Jocelyn Willoughby, Jazmine Jones, Leaonna Odom, Michaela Onyenwere, DiDi Richards.

New York Liberty Team News

  • Jocelyn Willoughby is a season-long absentee for Liberty with an Achilles tendon injury.

New York Liberty Squad: Leaonna Odom, Rebecca Allen, Reshanda Gray, Natasha Howard, Sabrina Ionescu, Jazmine Jones, Betnijah Laney, Michaela Onyenwere, DiDi Richards, Kylee Shook, Sami Whitcomb, Jocelyn Willoughby.

Watch Phoenix Mercury vs New York Liberty Live Score And Streaming

Thi game can be enjoyed on WNBA League Pass. The post-match highlights are available on WNBA’s official YouTube channel.

List of Channels to watch Phoenix Mercury vs New York Liberty Match

None. No official streaming on Indian television.

Shubham Singh

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