Minnesota Lynx vs Seattle Storm Prediction, 9/20/2020 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Lynx vs Seattle Storm
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2020
Location: IMG Academy
Odds/Point Spread: Storm (-5.5)
IMG Academy is the site where Natasha Howard and the Seattle Storm (18-4, 2nd in the Western Conference) will play the Minnesota Lynx (14-8, 4th in the Western Conference) on Sunday in Game 1 of their series. Seattle opens this game as 5.5 point favorites. The total is set at 162.
Crystal Dangerfield comes into this game averaging 16.2 points per contest while being on the court 30.0 minutes per night so far this year for the Lynx. She grabs 2.0 rebounds per contest and hands out 3.6 assists per game as well. Her field goal percentage is 47% while her free throw percentage is currently at 92%. Odyssey Sims averages 9.4 points per game in 18.5 minutes per contest this season. She averages 3.5 assists per contest and 2.0 rebounds per game for Minnesota. Her field goal percentage is 40% for the year while her free throw percentage is 91%.
Natasha Howard averages 9.5 points per game while playing 21.0 minutes per contest this year for the Storm. She grabs 7.1 rebounds per game and has 1.0 assists per contest on the year. Her field goal percentage is 53% and her free throw percentage currently is at 78%. Alysha Clark averages 10.0 points per game this season and she sees the court an average of 28.8 minutes per contest. She also averages 4.2 rebounds per contest and 2.7 assists per game. Her field goal percentage is 56% and her free throw percentage is 80%.
Minnesota averages 84.4 points per game this season, which ranks them 6th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 3.8 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 5th. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 3rd in the WNBA. They average 34.4 rebounds per contest and 19.8 assists per game, which ranks them 6th and 6th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 5th with 14.2 per game. The Lynx allow 80.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc, ranking them 6th and 4th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 30.9 rebounds a game which ranks 1st and they give up 19.7 assists per contest, which puts them in 9th place in the league. They force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 9th in the league.
Seattle is 2nd in the league with 87.5 points per game this year. They are 4th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 11.5. They shoot 39% from 3-point range, which is good for 2nd in the WNBA. They are 5th in the league in rebounding with 34.4 boards per game, and 1st in assists per contest with 21.9. The Storm are 9th in turnovers per game with 13.2. The Storm surrender 76.0 points per contest, which ranks them 1st in the WNBA. Their defense is allowing a 40% shooting percentage and a 31% average from 3-point range, ranking them 1st and 1st in those defensive statistics. They rank 2nd with 17.9 assists allowed per contest and 7th with 34.3 rebounds surrendered per game. The Storm are 11th in the WNBA in forcing turnovers with 15.2 per game this season.
The Lynx are 2nd in the league in defensive rating with 104.6, and their offensive rating of 109.6 is ranked 6th. They are 11th in the WNBA in pace with 77 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 4th. As a unit they are 5th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shot attempts, ranking 5th in the WNBA. Minnesota is 4th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 6th in the WNBA.
Seattle is 8th in the WNBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 45%, which is 12th in the league. The Storm are 1st in the WNBA in offensive rating with 110.4, and their defensive rating of 95.9 is ranked 12th. In terms of pace they are 6th in the league with 79.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 3rd. As a team they are 2nd in the WNBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shots, ranking 7th in the league.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Minnesota (+5.5)
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