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Basketball | Thursday, May 16, 2024 11:43 AM

Liberty Spoil Clark’s Home Debut: Indiana Fever vs New York Liberty Prediction, Picks, Odds, News, Injury Report 5/16/24

Liberty Spoil Clark’s Home Debut: Indiana Fever vs New York Liberty Prediction, Picks, Odds, News, Injury Report 5/16/24
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Caitlin Clark’s home debut is going to attract audiences from all over the world on Thursday night. The Fever are coming into their first home game as underdogs at 3.20 odds, while the Libery are priced at 1.37 odds on the road. The handicap is 7 points and the Over/Under line is 170.0 total points. Our Fever vs Liberty prediction and betting pick at 1.91 odds is available below!

The New York Liberty are 1-0 after seeing off the Washington Mystics a couple of days ago. Indiana lost to the Connecticut Sun to open their season and will be hoping they can get on track in front of a fearsome home crowd on Thursday.

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Fever vs Liberty Prediction and Picks: Backing Liberty For Road Win

  • Selection: New York Liberty -7
  • Best Odds: 1.91
  • Bookmaker: bet365
  • Stakes: 5/10

Odds as of May 16th 2024. Odds may now differ. 

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Indiana struggled at both ends against the Connecticut Sun. The Liberty are an even better team than the Sun – New York was second in net rating last season, and represented the Eastern Conference in the Finals.

The Liberty might not have made any All-Star additions this offseason, but they look to have addressed their weaknesses when it comes to perimeter defense.

New York is simply the superior team here, particularly while Indiana works some stuff out over the first few games. After winning 11 of their last 12 road regular season games in 2023, my Fever vs Liberty prediction is for the Liberty to cover the -7.0 point spread. 


Fever vs Liberty Game Info: Fever Season Home Opener

  • Stadium: Gainbridge Fieldhouse
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Start time: 00:00 UK time

Indiana Fever News, Injury Report, Schedule: Relishing Homecourt Advantage

Even though Caitlin Clark drained four threes, the Fever were blown out by the Sun on Tuesday. Playing on their homecourt, Indiana will hope they can take full advantage of what should be some impressive support at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Concerns about Indiana’s defense came to fruition against Connecticut. It gets even harder against a diverse, highly skilled Liberty offense.

The Fever were also short of rhythm on offense, with Clark held to 33.3% from the field and only one other player getting into double digits.


New York Liberty News, Injury Report, Schedule: Stacked With Talent

With no injury concerns, the Liberty are raring to go. They beat the Washington Mystics by five points in their first game of the season despite Sabrina Ionescu going just four-for-12 from the field and making only one of her seven three-point attempts.

Breanna Stewart and Courtney Vandersloot also struggled from the field in the capital. The fact the Liberty can still win games with key players underperforming shows how talented they are.

Top three in offensive and defensive ratings last season, the Liberty are hoping to go one step better in 2024 after losing to the Aces in the Finals.


Fever vs Liberty H2H: Liberty Chasing Seventh Consecutive Win Over Fever

The Fever have a 49-38 advantage over the Liberty in the all-time regular season series. Indiana has also won eight of their 14 postseason matchups.

New York has won the last six regular-season contests, however, and won all four of their games against the Fever in 2023. Indiana has lost by seven or more points in each of those six losses.


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