Los Angeles Sparks vs Minnesota Lynx Prediction, 9/2/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Sparks vs Minnesota Lynx
Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Target Center is the venue where and the Minnesota Lynx (16-9) will take on the Los Angeles Sparks (10-17) on Thursday.
The Los Angeles Sparks took the court against the Indiana Fever and took a loss by a final of 74-72 in their last game. Los Angeles walked away from the game with a 47.5% field goal percentage (28 of 59) and buried 6 out of their 17 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Sparks knocked down 10 of their 15 attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. Regarding pulling down rebounds, they compiled 20 with 3 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 21 assists in the matchup while forcing 15 turnovers and getting 7 steals. When discussing defense, Los Angeles let their opponent shoot 40.0% from the floor on 24 out of 60 shooting. Indiana totaled 14 dimes and had 6 steals in this game. Furthermore, Indiana snagged 39 rebounds (14 offensive, 25 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Indiana finished the contest at 83.3% at the free throw line by making 20 of 24 shots. They knocked down 6 of 17 shots from three-point range.
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Erica Wheeler is one player who was a major contributor for the game. She ended up scoring 10 points on 3 out of 11 shooting. She was on the court for 35:03 mins played and also snagged 4 boards. Wheeler finished the game shooting 27.3% from the floor and earned 7 assists. Another player that came through in this matchup for the Sparks was Brittney Sykes. She collected 5 rebounds in her 33:06 minutes on the hardwood. She finished the game shooting 25.0% from the field in this matchup by going 2-of-8 (6 points). When the time ran out, Sykes earned 4 assists.
Los Angeles steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 10-17 so far this year. They are averaging 73.1 points per outing (12th in the WNBA) while going 40.7% from the field. The Sparks are connecting on 32.9% on shots from downtown (184 of 559) and 76.0% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Los Angeles is grabbing 29.4 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 421 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 11th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 13.0 times per game and as a unit are committing 19.5 personal fouls per game. When they are on defense, the Sparks are forcing 17.4 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.5 fouls. They are currently ranked 2nd in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 456 surrendered this season. The Sparks defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 42.3% (470 of 499) and they surrender 39.3 boards per contest as a squad. They are conceding 35.1% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 2nd in the WNBA in PPG allowed (78.4).
For their last game, the Minnesota Lynx got the victory with a final of 74-66 when they faced the New York Liberty. The Lynx were able to snag 33 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 43 in the game. They also turned it over 14 times, while recording 5 steals in this matchup. The Liberty committed 21 personal fouls for the game which got the Lynx to the charity stripe for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to make 21 of those for a rate of 87.5%. With respect to shots from beyond the perimeter, Minnesota knocked down 5 out of their 26 tries (19.2%). At the conclusion of this game, the Lynx finished the game shooting 24 for 69 from the field which had them shooting 34.8%. The Lynx permitted the Liberty to bury 23 out of 71 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 32.4% for the game. They finished shooting 20.8% from 3-point land by shooting 5 out of 24 and ended up going 15 of 17 from the free throw line (88.2%). In the matter of cleaning the glass, Minnesota allowed New York to get 38 overall (8 on the offensive side).
Napheesa Collier ended up being a factor for the Lynx in this game. She converted 8 of 19 in the game for a field goal percentage of 42.1%, and accounted for 14 rebounds. Collier had 21 points in her 38:01 minutes on the court, but wasn't able to get an assist. Another player that played a role for Minnesota was Kayla McBride. She ended up walking away with 1 assist in 31:57 minutes played, and she knocked down 8 out of 18 from the floor. McBride finished going 44.4% from the floor and also contributing 25 points and 9 boards.
Minnesota has a mark of 16-9 on the year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Lynx are connecting on 45.5% from the floor, which is ranked 2nd in the league. Minnesota has totaled 2,053 points so far this year (82.1 per game) and they average 34.5 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 20.3 times per game (4th in the league) and they turn the ball over 14.5 times per contest. The Lynx are responsible for committing 18.2 fouls per game and they connect on 83.1% from the charity stripe. The Lynx are ranked 3rd in basketball in PPG given up with 79.3. The Minnesota defense gives up 35.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter (191 of 537) and opponents are connecting on 82.8% of their free throw attempts. They allow 18.4 assists and 32.7 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 4th and 2nd in basketball. They are forcing 13.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 42.2% from the field (4th in the league).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota
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