New York Liberty vs. Chicago Sky picks, predictions: Who wins Game 1 of WNBA Playoffs?

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Can the New York Liberty upset the Chicago Sky in Game 1 of their WNBA Playoffs series?
Can the New York Liberty upset the Chicago Sky in Game 1 of their WNBA Playoffs series?

The New York Liberty and Chicago Sky play Wednesday in Game 1 of their WNBA Playoffs first round series.

Which team will get the victory?

Check out these WNBA Playoffs picks and predictions for the game, which can be seen at 5 p.m. MST on ESPN2.

The Sky are a 7.5-point favorite in the game.

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Sports Chat Place: Take the Sky to cover vs. Liberty in Game 1

Shane Mickle writes: "The Sky are seven-point favorites coming into this game, but I think they should be closer to 10 or 11-point favorites. The big difference between the two teams is the offense, and the Sky are averaging 86.3 points per game. Chicago will run up the score here, and New York is going to have no answer. Look for Chicago to win by at least 10 points, and they will cover the spread."

ATS.IO: Go with the Liberty with the points in Game 1 vs. Sky

Jay Sanin writes: "Aside from a 30-point win for the Sky in the first matchup between these teams this season, this series has been very competitive this year. The Liberty won one game against the Sky this season, and lost by two points and eight points in the other two meetings. Expect another closely contested game here, as the Liberty have come a long way from that early season blowout loss."

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Odds Shark: Sky 82, Liberty 82

Yes, the site predicts that Game 1 will end in a tie, which of course, couldn't happen. But, it could be a very close game, according to that site.

Covers.com: 72% chance Sky cover vs. Liberty

The site is backing Chicago in Game 1 of its WNBA Playoffs series with New York.

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Odds Jam: Take the Sky to cover against Liberty in Game 1

Griffin Queen writes: "These teams played four times over the regular season, with the Sky going 3-1 in those contests — the lone Liberty win came by just 3 points, although the Sky also won one of their matchups by only 2 points. That said, the Sky had an early season victory by a crushing 33 points (83-50), so when they get out to a hot start, they’ve shown a propensity to not take their feet off the gas.  The Sky have the better talent and coaching on their side, and are currently in win-now mode whereas the Liberty are likely a year away from being a year away. We’ll be taking the Sky in Game 1."

Betting Pros: Go with the Sky to cover in Game 1 vs. Liberty

It writes: "Destroying the Mercury 82-67 in their final regular season game, the Sky are anchored by WNBA veteran Candace Parker, who, along with Allie Quigley and Azura Stevens, has turned into one of the top trios in the league. I like for them to bring the Liberty back to earth in Game 1, getting a runaway victory on their home court."

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