Washington Mystics vs Minnesota Lynx WNBA Game Picks 8/16/2019
Friday, August 16, 2019
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Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics (18-7, 1st in the Eastern Conference) are headed to Target Center on Friday where they'll meet the Minnesota Lynx (13-12, 4th in the Western Conference).
The Mystics have been a very good pick for wagerers, having gone 13-10 ATS. The Lynx are covering 58.3% of the time, going 14-10 against the spread.
Valuable Washington Mystics Betting Trends
The Mystics have been a terrible Under bet for over/under WNBA bettors, having gone 14-10.
The Mystics are covering 50.0% of the time as a visitor, having gone 6-6 ATS.
Important Minnesota Lynx Betting Trends
Minnesota covers the spread 46.2% of the time at Target Center, going 6-7 against the spread.
The Lynx have been a solid Under bet for over/under WNBA bettors, having gone 12-13.
Key Washington Mystics Injuries
08/15/19 G Kristi Toliver Knee is downgraded to out Friday vs Min Lynx
05/30/19 G Kiara Leslie Knee is out indefinitely
Key Minnesota Lynx Injuries
08/11/19 F Kelsey Griffin Foot is out indefinitely
08/09/19 G Karima Christmas-Kelly Knee is out for season
06/10/19 F Jessica Shepard Knee is out for season
02/07/19 F Maya Moore Personal is out for season
Elena Delle Donne comes into this game averaging 18.9 points per contest while being on the court 28.7 minutes per night so far this year for the Mystics. She grabs 8.1 rebounds per contest and hands out 2.1 assists per game as well. Her field goal percentage is 52% while her free throw percentage is currently at 96%. LaToya Sanders averages 5.8 points per game in 24.4 minutes per contest this season. She averages 1.9 assists per contest and 5.3 rebounds per game for Washington. Her field goal percentage is 47% for the year while her free throw percentage is 90%.
Sylvia Fowles averages 13.8 points per game while playing 30.0 minutes per contest this year for the Lynx. She grabs 9.4 rebounds per game and has 1.4 assists per contest on the year. Her field goal percentage is 59% and her free throw percentage currently is at 69%. Odyssey Sims averages 14.5 points per game this season and she sees the court an average of 31.8 minutes per contest. She also averages 3.4 rebounds per contest and 5.5 assists per game. Her field goal percentage is 40% and her free throw percentage is 81%.
Useful Team Statistics
Washington averages 87.9 points per game this season, which ranks them 1st in the league. Their average scoring margin is 10.5 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 1st. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 2nd in the WNBA. They average 32.8 rebounds per contest and 21.4 assists per game, which ranks them 10th and 2nd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 10.8 per game. The Mystics allow 77.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 7th in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 10th and 8th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 33.2 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd and they give up 18.3 assists per contest, which puts them in 5th place in the league. They force 14.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 8th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota is 7th in the league with 77.3 points per game this year. They are 3rd in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is 2.0. They shoot 33% from 3-point range, which is good for 9th in the WNBA. They are 9th in the league in rebounding with 34.5 boards per game, and 4th in assists per contest with 19.9. The Lynx are 1st in turnovers per game with 15.5. The Lynx surrender 75.2 points per contest, which ranks them 3rd in the WNBA. Their defense is allowing a 43% shooting percentage and a 32% average from 3-point range, ranking them 8th and 3rd in those defensive statistics. They rank 2nd with 17.0 assists allowed per contest and 1st with 32.1 rebounds surrendered per game. The Lynx are 12th in the WNBA in forcing turnovers with 15.7 per game this season.
The Mystics are 1st in the WNBA in offensive rating with 114.5, and their defensive rating of 100.9 is ranked 5th. In terms of pace they are 8th in the league with 76.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 1st. As a team they are 1st in the WNBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 1st in the league. Washington is 12th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 15.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 48%, which is 3rd in the league.
Minnesota is 1st in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 17.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 47%, which is 4th in the WNBA. The Lynx are 8th in the league in defensive rating with 96.8, and their offensive rating of 99.4 is ranked 11th. They are 6th in the WNBA in pace with 77.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 3rd. As a unit they are 4th in the league in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 27% of their shot attempts, ranking 10th in the WNBA.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Washington
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