The Chicago Sky will play host to the New York Liberty to open the WNBA Playoffs 2022 on Wednesday. After having a strong hold on the No. 1 seed for nearly the entire season, the Sky dropped to the No. 2 seed with a loss to the Las Vegas Aces in the final week of the regular season. The Liberty survived what was a four-way tie with the Lynx, Dream, and Mercury to earn the No. 7 seed. The series begins on Wednesday at Wintrust Arena. Let’s take a look at the Liberty vs Sky series odds.
- Game: New York Liberty (16-20) at Chicago Sky (26-10)
- Location: Wintrust Arena
The Chicago Sky owns the season series 3-1 over the Liberty and are 7.5-point favorites entering Game 1 of this first-round playoff series; and as a result, Las Vegas bookmakers have set the Liberty vs Sky series odds. New York comes into the matchup with a lot of momentum having won six of their last eight games.
Chicago on the other hand had a bit of a tough ending to the season, going 3-3 over their last six. Both teams have nearly the exact same record against the spread with the Liberty having a WNBA betting odds record of 18-17-1 ATS and the Sky going 17-18-1 ATS.
Chicago has been dominant at home all season long with a 14-4 record at Wintrust Arena, including two wins over the Liberty. New York’s sole win over Chicago this season came in their home area. The Sky was coming off a loss to the Las Vegas Aces in the Commissioners Cup and had travel issues getting there.
New York held Chicago to 37% shooting from the field and only 12.5% from three-point land. They also out-rebounded the Sky in that matchup, which is going to need to be a big point of emphasis for New York if they want a chance to win this series.
Chicago leads the league in second-chance points, averaging 42.1 per game, which means players Stephanie Dolson and Natasha Howard will have their work cut out for them guarding Candace Parker and Emma Meessemen down low.
One thing that Liberty will have working in their favor this time around is the presence of Betnijah Laney. Laney was out for the majority of the season with a knee injury but recently made her return to the lineup in August.
She was absent from each of the Liberty’s four games against Chicago this season but since returning has found her place back in the starting lineup. She is averaging 23.8 minutes and just under 10 points per game in the five games since she’s been back, but we expect her minutes to go up in the postseason.
With Laney back in the lineup, we like New York to cover the Liberty vs Sky odds as a 7.5-point underdog against Chicago. She is much more of an offensive weapon than Rebecca Allen who took over her spot for the majority of the season.
That being said, Chicago is a championship team and knows how to turn things up a notch during the playoffs. We like New York to cover game one but Chicago will not only win that game but should have no problem winning the series., and there is a look at your Liberty vs Sky series odds.Follow us on Twitter