A few sportsbooks out there have New York still favored by six points, but most have a line of five-and-a-half available. For those eager to make a total play, the current O/U is listed at 139.5 after opening as high as 141.5.
After opening with three straight losses, the Storm finally got that winning feeling by overcoming Washington 73-65 on the road.
The win over the Mystics came after a home loss to the Sparks (69-80) and road defeats in Phoenix (64-81) and Connecticut (59-71).
Defense kept Seattle in the game against Washington, while Sue Bird's experience guided the road team to their first win of the season. Bird finished with 16 points on 5-of-14 shooting and added five assists. Tanisha Wright and Camille Little also scored in double figures, while Crystal Langhorne pulled down 14 rebounds.
As you can see, despite the recent win the Storm are really struggling to find a groove offensively. Sure it's a small sample size, but they rank dead last in the NBA in scoring (66.3 PPG) and it isn't even that close, with the next lowest at 70.0 PPG (Connecticut).
Little leads the team with 11.3 PPG but is the only player averaging in double figures. Bird has been god for 9.3 PPG and 4.0 PPG and Langhorne is at 9.0 PPG and 7.8 RPG, but no one has really taken over as the natural scorer for the Storm.
New York Liberty
It's been the opposite path for the Liberty. They opened the season with a win, beating Connecticut 75-54 on the road, but then have fallen in consecutive games to Chicago (65-79) and Minnesota (82-87).
It was a valiant effort against the defending champion Lynx, but in the end New York fell just short. The Liberty had no answers for Maya Moore, who scored 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting with five threes.
For New York, Tina Charles was the standout, scoring 24 points with 14 rebounds in 33 minutes of action. Cappie Pondexter hit three threes and finished with 18 points, while Essence Carson and DeLisha Milton-Jones also scored in double figures.
Charles is by far the best overall player on the Liberty and is one of the most talented in the entire league. She's averaging 16.0 PPG and 11.7 RPG through the first three games.
Because of Charles, New York has excelled on the glass (36.3 RPG, #3 in WNBA) and that alone should keep them competitive in a number of games. Throw in a veteran Pondexter who still knows how to get buckets and some solid role players and we like the makeup of this Liberty squad.
We're backing New York to get the win and move to an even 2-2 on the season.
The main reason why? Charles. We don't think the Storm will have an answer for the former overall number one pick (2010 WNBA Draft) and 2012 MVP. She was dominant against the Lynx and almost single-handedly carried the Liberty to the win.
The Liberty haven't been too shabby defensively and we simply feel they have more scoring talent with Charles, Pondexter and even Carson, Milton-Jones and Anna Cruz. Side with New York to cover the chalk on their home court.
WNBA Pick: Liberty -5.5