Last season’s Eastern Conference finalists are in sixth and seventh places: Thursday’s loser lands in the cellar.
The teams are at the bottom of the East in scoring and assists, but they’re the best in the conference in shooting percentage allowed. As a result, the Shock started 0-4 O/U, then needed Indiana and Atlanta — both good at home — to lift them to overs. New York has needed games at Phoenix, at Atlanta, and an overtime to make their three overs.
The Shock got their first win of the Rick Mahorn Era Sunday against Sacramento, the worst defensive team in the league. In the Liberty’s last win, they made 10 more field goals against the Dream than they average.
New York is 1-2 ATS at home. Detroit is 0-3 ATS on the road.