Seattle Storm vs Minnesota Lynx Prediction, 9/27/2020 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Seattle Storm vs Minnesota Lynx
Date: Sunday, September 27, 2020
Location: IMG Academy
Odds/Point Spread: Lynx (+8)
IMG Academy is the site where Crystal Dangerfield and the Minnesota Lynx (14-8, 4th in the Western Conference) will take on the Seattle Storm (18-4, 2nd in the Western Conference) on Sunday in Game 3 of their series. Minnesota opens this contest as 8 point underdogs. The total opens at 164.
Seattle leads the series 2-0 after wining Game 2 by a score of 89-79. The Storm got a balanced effort in the win, getting 20 points from Jewell Loyd, 17 pts from Breanna Stewart, and 13 from Alysha Clark. Damiris Dantas led the Lynx with 23 points, including 5 3-pointers. Seattle will go for the sweep in Game 3 on Sunday.
Jewell Loyd comes into this contest averaging 15.5 points per game while playing 27.9 minutes per night so far this season for the Storm. She pulls down 2.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.2 assists per game as well. Her field goal percentage is 44% while her free throw percentage is currently at 88%. Alysha Clark averages 10.0 points per game in 28.8 minutes per contest this season. She averages 2.7 assists per contest and 4.2 rebounds per game for Seattle. Her field goal percentage is 56% for the year while her free throw percentage is 80%.
Crystal Dangerfield averages 16.2 points per game while playing 30 minutes per contest this year for the Lynx. She grabs 2 rebounds per game and has 3.6 assists per contest on the year. Her field goal percentage is 47% and her free throw percentage currently is at 92%. Odyssey Sims averages 9.4 points per game this season and she sees the court an average of 18.5 minutes per contest. She also averages 2 rebounds per contest and 3.5 assists per game. Her field goal percentage is 40% and her free throw percentage is 91%.
Seattle averages 87.5 points per contest this season, which ranks them 2nd in the WNBA. Their average scoring margin is 11.5 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 4th. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 2nd in the league. They average 34.4 rebounds per game and 21.9 assists per game, which ranks them 5th and 1st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 9th with 13.2 per game. The Storm allow 76.0 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 1st in the league. They also allow a 40% shooting percentage and a 31% average from behind the arc, ranking them 1st and 1st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 34.3 rebounds a game which ranks 7th and they give up 17.9 assists per contest, which puts them in 2nd place in the league. They force 15.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 11th in the league.
Minnesota is 6th in the league with 84.4 points per game this year. They are 5th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 3.8. They shoot 39% from 3-point range, which is good for 3rd in the WNBA. They are 6th in the league in rebounding with 34.4 boards per game, and 6th in assists per contest with 19.8. The Lynx are 5th in turnovers per game with 14.2. The Lynx surrender 80.6 points per contest, which ranks them 5th in the WNBA. Their defense is allowing a 45% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 6th and 4th in those defensive statistics. They rank 9th with 19.7 assists allowed per contest and 1st with 30.9 rebounds surrendered per game. The Lynx are 9th in the WNBA in forcing turnovers with 14.3 per game this season.
The Storm are 1st in the league in defensive rating with 95.9, and their offensive rating of 110.4 is ranked 12th. They are 6th in the WNBA in pace with 79.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 3rd. As a unit they are 2nd in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shot attempts, ranking 7th in the WNBA. Seattle is 8th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 45%, which is 12th in the WNBA.
Minnesota is 4th in the WNBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%, which is 6th in the league. The Lynx are 2nd in the WNBA in offensive rating with 109.6, and their defensive rating of 104.6 is ranked 6th. In terms of pace they are 11th in the league with 77 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 4th. As a team they are 5th in the WNBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shots, ranking 5th in the league.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota (+8)
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