Liberty vs Mystics Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for WNBA Game (New York's Offseason Additions Make Big Impact)

New York Liberty vs Washington Mystics prediction, odds and betting insights for WNBA game.
New York Liberty vs Washington Mystics prediction, odds and betting insights for WNBA game. / AP Photos/Jessie Alcheh

The 2023 WNBA season kicks off on Friday, May 19, with an exciting matchup between the New York Liberty and Washington Mystics.

Liberty vs Mystics Game Info

  • Date: Friday, May 19, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Entertainment and Sports Arena -- Washington, DC
  • Coverage: NBA TV

Two teams vying to improve following first-round playoff exits last postseason meet head-to-head in WNBA action on Friday night. The New York Liberty and Washington Mystics faced off three times last year and it was the Liberty that emerged victorious twice. Of course, a lot has changed since then.

Liberty vs Mystics Odds & Spread

  • All WNBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: NY: (-150) | WSH: (+122)
  • Spread: NY: -2.5 (-114) | WSH: +2.5 (-106)
  • Total: 162.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Liberty enter this contest as notable road favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 162.5 points with both sides available at -110 odds.

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Liberty vs Mystics Betting Trends

  • New York finished the 2022 WNBA season with a 7-11 road record.
  • Washington finished the 2022 WNBA season with a 12-6 home record.
  • The total hit the under in 19 of New York's 36 games in the 2022 WNBA season.
  • The total hit the under in 23 of Washington's 36 games in the 2022 WNBA season.

Liberty vs Mystics Prediction & Pick

The Liberty made headlines in the offseason when they added a pair of WNBA Champions in Breanna Stewart and Courtney Vandersloot. Stewart was the 2018 WNBA MVP and averaged a league-best 21.8 points per game in 2022. Meanwhile, Vandersloot finished second in assists per game (6.5).

Washington certainly has the talent to slow down New York's offense considering it finished first in opponent points per game last season (75.9). However, the Mystics failed to make any impactful moves during the offseason, even trading away their first-round draft pick. That will show on Friday.

I like the Liberty to lean on its new superstar duo just enough to kick off the season with a road win.

Final Score Prediction: Liberty: 86 | Mystics: 80

Liberty vs Mystics Best Bet

As mentioned above, Breanna Stewart is now playing on a WNBA team other than the Seattle Storm for the first time in her career. She is coming off a season in which she averaged over 20.0 points per game for the third time in four years. The 28-year-old tallied at least 20 points in 11 of her final 12 games in 2022 and is need of a bounce-back showing after she shot 3-of-16 in a preseason loss.

Bet: Breanna Stewart Over 19.5 Points (-114)

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