Seattle Storm vs New York LIberty Prediction WNBA Picks 5/30

Seattle Storm vs New York LIberty Prediction WNBA Picks 5/30

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Introduction

In an intriguing WNBA matchup, the New York Liberty (2-1, 0-1 away) will face off against the Seattle Storm (0-2, 0-2 home) at the Climate Pledge Arena on May 30, 2023. In this preview, we will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each team, assess their offensive capabilities, and explain a final prediction.

 

New York Liberty Offense

The New York Liberty have displayed a solid offensive game, averaging 78.3 points per game (PPG) this season. Forward Breanna Stewart has been a standout performer, averaging 26.0 PPG and shooting an impressive 53.2% from the field. Stewart's scoring ability, combined with her versatility, make her a force to be reckoned with. Guard Courtney Vandersloot has also been a valuable contributor, averaging 8.0 assists per game (APG) and showcasing her playmaking skills.

 

New York Liberty Defense

Defensively, the New York Liberty have been relatively solid, allowing an average of 72.7 points per game. Their defensive efforts have been led by the presence of Breanna Stewart, who averages 1.7 blocks per game (BPG) and provides a strong defensive anchor for the team. The Liberty's defensive cohesion will be tested against the Storm's offensive firepower.

 

Seattle Storm Offense

The Seattle Storm have struggled offensively, averaging 77.5 PPG this season. However, guard Jewell Loyd has been a bright spot, averaging 26.0 PPG and providing consistent scoring for the Storm. Loyd's ability to create her own shot and attack the basket makes her a dangerous offensive weapon. The Storm will need to find offensive contributions from other players to complement Loyd's scoring.

 

Seattle Storm Defense

Defensively, the Seattle Storm have faced challenges, allowing an average of 100.0 points per game. However, the Storm's defense should improve as the season progresses, given their talented roster. Forward Ezi Magbegor has been a strong presence on the boards, averaging 8.5 rebounds per game (RPG) and providing a solid defensive presence in the paint.

 

Prediction

Despite their winless record, the Seattle Storm are predicted to cover the +15.5 points spread against the New York Liberty. While the Liberty have showcased a strong offense led by Breanna Stewart, the Storm's defensive capabilities, combined with their competitive spirit, should allow them to keep the game close. Jewell Loyd's scoring prowess will be key for the Storm, and they will need other players to step up on the offensive end.

Additionally, the Storm's home-court advantage at the Climate Pledge Arena will play a significant role in their ability to compete against the Liberty. The passionate Seattle crowd will provide an extra boost of energy for the Storm.

In conclusion, expect a competitive game between the New York Liberty and the Seattle Storm. While the Liberty may ultimately secure the victory, the Storm are predicted to cover the +15.5 points spread, as they're at home and already lost their last 2 games there so I expect them to have a better performance this time.

 

Pick: Storm +15.5

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