Los Angeles Sparks vs Minnesota Lynx Prediction, 6/12/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Sparks vs Minnesota Lynx
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Target Center is the site where and the Minnesota Lynx (3-5) will play the Los Angeles Sparks (4-4) on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Sparks faced the Washington Mystics and took a loss by a final of 89-71 in their last game. Los Angeles ended with a 32.8% FG percentage (22 out of 67) and knocked down 8 out of their 23 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Sparks buried 19 of 28 shots for a rate of 67.9%. When it comes to hauling in rebounds, they compiled 31 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 13 assists for this contest while forcing 12 turnovers and getting 6 steals. In the matter of the defense, Los Angeles allowed the other team to go 42.3% from the field on 30 of 71 shooting. Washington totaled 12 dimes and had 4 steals in the game. On top of that, Washington snagged 43 rebounds (12 offensive, 31 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Washington finished the game shooting 81.8% when shooting free throws by knocking down 18 of 22 tries. They also buried 11 of 26 attempts from three-point range.
Erica Wheeler is someone who was a major contributor in this matchup. She notched 8 points on 3 out of 10 shooting. She played 25:40 mins and collected 3 rebounds. Wheeler shot 30.0% from the field and also totaled 4 assists. An additional player that was a determining factor in this contest for the Sparks was Kristi Toliver. She collected 2 rebounds in her 24:01 minutes played. She went 25.0% from the field in this game by going 1-of-4 (3 points). When the final whistle was blown, Toliver totaled 3 assists.
Los Angeles comes into this one with a mark of 4-4 so far this year. They are averaging 75.5 pts per game (11th in basketball) while going 39.4% from the field. The Sparks are shooting 35.4% on shots from 3-point land (64 of 181) and 74.5% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Los Angeles is pulling in 29.5 rebounds per contest and has tallied 121 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 12th in basketball in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 13.3 times per game and as a unit are committing 19.3 personal fouls per contest. On the defensive end, the Sparks are forcing 19.3 turnovers per game and they draw 20.0 fouls. The Sparks defense is allowing a FG percentage of 42.1% (154 of 160) and they relinquish 41.0 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 1st in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 132 relinquished on the campaign. They surrender 35.0% on shots from distance and they are ranked 3rd in basketball in points per game allowed (78.1).
In their last game, the Minnesota Lynx took a loss by a final score of 85-81 when they faced the Washington Mystics. The Lynx were able to snag 31 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 36 for this game. They turned the ball over 21 times, while recording 8 steals for this contest. The Mystics committed 19 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Lynx to the charity stripe for a total of 25 shots. They were able to convert 23 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 92.0%. In reference to shots from downtown, Minnesota buried 6 of their 22 attempts (27.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Lynx finished the game shooting 26 out of 64 from the field which gave them a percentage of 40.6%. The Lynx allowed the Mystics to convert 29 of 68 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 42.6% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 30.0% from beyond the arc by connecting on 6 out of 20 and finished the contest at 21 of 22 from the free throw line (95.5%). When discussing rebounding, Minnesota permitted Washington to grab 29 overall (4 offensive).
Napheesa Collier ended up having an impact for the Lynx for the contest. She buried 8 out of 15 in this game for a field goal percentage of 53.3%, and had 9 rebounds. Collier racked up 22 points in her 38:09 minutes on the hardwood, but wasn't able to get an assist. Someone else that was important for Minnesota was Layshia Clarendon. She ended up with 6 assists in her 35:00 mins on the hardwood, and she knocked down 4 out of 8 from the field. Clarendon ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor and also earning 14 points and 7 rebounds.
Minnesota has a record of 3-5 for the year. Minnesota has 646 points so far this year (80.8 per game) and they grab 34.0 boards per game. The Lynx have committed 18.8 fouls per game and they go 80.7% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Lynx are hitting on 42.8% from the floor, which ranks 6th in the league. They are earning an assist 20.5 times per contest (4th in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.8 times per game. The Lynx are ranked 7th in the WNBA in points per game surrendered with 82.3. They are able to force 14.4 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 43.8% from the field (10th in the WNBA). The Minnesota defense surrenders 35.8% on 3-point attempts (67 of 187) and opponents are connecting on 78.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 19.9 dimes and 34.3 boards on a nightly basis, which is 8th and 3rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota
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