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Liberty vs. Sun 2023 WNBA Playoffs Game 3 Odds and Preview

By Jeff Stinger

New York Liberty strikes back with a home victory in Game 2 of the 2023 WNBA Playoff Semifinals to level the series. The Liberty started slow, but quickly recovered and maintained the second-half lead to win the contest, 84-77. With the series heading out to Connecticut, the Sun will try to bounce back from the defeat and regain momentum in front of their home crowd. With that, let’s go over important points of each side as we prepare for Game 3 of the Liberty vs. Sun series.

New York Liberty vs. Connecticut Sun 2023 WNBA Playoffs Game 3 Match Information

  • When: Friday, September 29, 2023, 7:30 PM ET
  • Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Live Stream: ESPN
  • WNBA Betting Odds: TBA

Why Bet on New York Liberty?

The New York Liberty are back on solid ground after bouncing back from the opening game loss. They prevented the damage and leveled the series before hitting the road. Head coach Sandy Brondello looks forward to playing in a different environment now that they hold momentum coming into Game 3.

New York did well to outscore Connecticut from the second quarter onwards. They shot 44.6% from the field and made 10 of 26 attempts from deep. The hosts also made the most of their trips to the line and made 16 of 16 free throws. Sabrina Ionescu led her side to victory with 21 points, shooting five of 12 from the field and a perfect 10 of 10 from the line. Betnijah Laney finished the night with 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists, while the rest of the starters joined the double-figure range, scoring no less than 11 points each.

The team’s rebounding played well against Connecticut in Game 2. New York collected 37 total boards, including eight offensive and 29 defensive rebounds. Despite recording two assists short of the Sun’s 21 dimes, the Liberty had incredible rim protection that night and blocked nine of their opponent’s shots.

Why Bet on the Connecticut Sun?

Tiffany Hayes’ 30-point game failed to get the Sun ahead of Liberty in Game 2. As a team, Connecticut was a hair under 40% from the field. Only two other players scored double figures, including DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas, who had 19 and 10 points, respectively. Nevertheless, the Sun was on fire from deep. They were nine of 23 from downtown and finished the night ahead of their opponents in three-point percentage at 39.1%.

As for rebounding, last game’s visitors trailed the Liberty by six total rebounds. The Sun showcased quality ball rotation that closed the night with 21 assists while keeping turnovers to ten. Moreover, the Sun capitalized on their opponent’s 14 turnovers and scored 17 points off turnovers. What kept the Sun trailing was difficulty in interior scoring. By the final quarter, Connecticut was held to 24 points in the paint.

The Eastern Conference side gets some pressure off their shoulders as they play in front of the Mohegan Sun Arena crowd. This should boost the team’s confidence as they try to sneak another upset victory over the favorites.

Liberty vs. Sun Betting Trends

  • The New York Liberty are 5-0 in the last five road games.
  • The totals went over in three of the Liberty’s last five road contests.
  • The Liberty are 3-2 against the spread in their last five road games.
  • The Connecticut Sun are 3-2 in the last five playoff home games.
  • The Sun are 3-2 against the spread in their last five playoff home contests.
  • The totals went under in three of the Sun’s last five playoff games at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Liberty vs. Sun Expert Betting Prediction

There are doubts whether the Connecticut Sun can hold off the New York Liberty before the series even started. But, the Sun silenced doubters following their opening game victory. Although it looks like the Liberty starts to gain some pace, we expect back and forth from both sides moving forward.

The visitors headline Game 3 as favorites, but the Sun are not too far behind. Covering the spread should be doable once they take advantage of the local atmosphere. In fact, a win is not off the table for head coach Stephanie White and her crew. Ultimately, we expect to see a tighter Game 3.

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