Chicago Sky vs Minnesota Lynx Prediction, 9/26/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Sky vs Minnesota Lynx
Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+4.5)
The Chicago Sky (16-16) head to Target Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Minnesota Lynx (22-10). Chicago opens this game as 4.5 point dogs. The O/U opens at 165.5.
The Chicago Sky faced the Indiana Fever and took home the win by a score of 98-87 in their last contest. Chicago finished the game with a 49.3% field goal percentage (35 of 71) and converted 9 of their 23 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Sky converted 19 of their 24 tries for a percentage of 79.2%. In terms of getting rebounds, they earned 35 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 27 assists in the matchup while forcing 15 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In reference to defending, Chicago allowed their opponent to shoot 47.8% from the field on 33 out of 69 shooting. Indiana doled out 9 assists and had 6 steals for the matchup. In addition, Indiana pulled down 31 rebounds (9 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 3 rejections. Indiana shot 83.3% from the charity stripe by burying 15 of 18 attempts. They knocked down 6 out of their 16 attempts from 3-point land.
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Allie Quigley is one player who was a major contributor for this contest. She ended up walking away with 15 points on 6 of 14 shooting. She was on the hardwood for 33:53 minutes and also collected 2 rebounds. Quigley finished the contest at 42.9% from the field and earned 3 dimes. Another player that had an impact in this contest for the Sky was Courtney Vandersloot. She collected 8 rebounds in her 33:01 minutes played on the night. She finished the game shooting 54.5% from the field in this contest by connecting on 6-of-11 (17 points). When all was said and done, Vandersloot tallied 6 assists.
Chicago will play this contest with a win-loss record of 16-16 this year. They are turning it over 13.8 times per game and as a group they commit 19.0 fouls per contest. As a unit, Chicago is pulling down 34.9 rebounds per game and has earned 697 assists so far this year, which is 1st in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Sky are hitting 34.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (233 of 679) and 84.5% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 83.3 points per outing (3rd in the WNBA) while connecting on 44.1% from the field. When they are on defense, the Sky have forced 14.8 turnovers per game while drawing 16.6 personal fouls. The Sky defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 43.3% (474 of 532) and they relinquish 35.9 rebounds per contest as a group. They currently rank 5th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 604 relinquished this season. They are relinquishing 35.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 8th in the league in points per game allowed (81.9).
In their last game, the Minnesota Lynx walked away with a victory by a final of 83-77 when they played the Washington Mystics. The Lynx were able to pull down 28 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 38 for the game. They also coughed it up 12 times, while getting 10 steals in the game. The Mystics were called for 20 fouls in this matchup which took the Lynx to the free throw line for a total of 23 attempts. They were able to knock down 20 of the free throw tries for a rate of 87.0%. When discussing shots from beyond the arc, Minnesota buried 5 out of their 16 attempts (31.3%). When the final whistle was blown, the Lynx shot 29 for 66 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 43.9%. The Lynx allowed the Mystics to convert 29 of 64 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 45.3% in this contest. They went 31.8% from three-point range by going 7 out of 22 and ended up shooting 12 out of 14 from the charity stripe (85.7%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Minnesota allowed Washington to snag 29 overall (7 on the offensive side).
Napheesa Collier was important for the Lynx in this contest. She converted 4 out of 15 in this game for a field goal percentage of 26.7%, and accumulated 10 rebounds. Collier racked up 14 points in her 35:52 minutes on the hardwood and totaled 4 assists in the matchup. Someone else that was pivotal for Minnesota was Aerial Powers. She wrapped the game up with 2 assists in 32:52 mins played, and she knocked down 10 out of 20 from the floor. Powers finished going 50.0% from the field while also earning 27 points and 2 boards.
Minnesota has a record of 22-10 this year. Minnesota has scored 2,647 points for the campaign (82.7 per game) and they pull in 34.9 boards per game. The Lynx commit 17.5 fouls per contest and they hit 83.7% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Lynx are connecting on 45.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 2nd in the WNBA. They are earning an assist 20.4 times per game (4th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 14.0 times per game. The Lynx on the defensive end are ranked 3rd in basketball in points allowed per game with 78.7. They surrender 18.1 dimes and 32.5 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 4th and 2nd in basketball. The Minnesota defense allows 34.6% on shots from behind the 3-point line (231 of 667) and opponents are converting on 83.0% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 12.9 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 42.4% from the field (5th in the league).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota (-4.5)
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