Minnesota Lynx vs Chicago Sky Prediction, 8/21/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Lynx vs Chicago Sky
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021
Location: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL
Wintrust Arena is the venue where and the Chicago Sky (11-11) will play the Minnesota Lynx (13-8) on Saturday.
The Minnesota Lynx played the Connecticut Sun and ended up losing by a score of 72-60 in their last game. Minnesota finished having earned a 41.7% FG percentage (25 out of 60) and made 5 out of their 16 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Lynx converted 5 of 7 tries for a rate of 71.4%. When discussing pulling down boards, they collected 22 with 3 of them being offensive. They also dished out 16 assists in this game while creating 14 turnovers and getting 8 steals. When discussing the defense, Minnesota allowed their opponent to shoot 43.3% from the field on 26 of 60 shooting. Connecticut distributed 2 dimes and had 9 steals in this matchup. Moreover, Connecticut grabbed 30 rebounds (2 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 1 block. Connecticut walked away from this one shooting 87.5% from the free throw line by knocking down 14 of 16 tries. They also converted 6 of their 17 attempts from long range.
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Kayla McBride is a player who played a role for the contest. She accumulated 12 points on 3 out of 8 shooting. She saw the court for 34:15 mins played and grabbed 4 boards. McBride finished 37.5% from the field and also recorded 1 assist. One more player that came through in this contest for the Lynx was Sylvia Fowles. She snagged 5 rebounds in 33:00 minutes on the hardwood. She ended up shooting 70.0% from the floor in the game by hitting 7-of-10 (14 points). When the game finished, Fowles earned 1 assist.
Minnesota will enter this game with a record of 13-8 on the year. The Lynx are connecting on 34.4% on shots from distance (148 of 430) and 81.7% from the free throw line. They are averaging 82.4 points per outing (5th in the league) while hitting 46.0% from the field. They are turning it over 14.9 times per contest and as a group are committing 18.0 fouls per game. As a team, Minnesota is pulling in 34.7 rebounds per game and has totaled 440 assists for the season, which has them ranked 5th in basketball in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Lynx have forced 13.0 turnovers per game while drawing 17.5 personal fouls. They give up 36.4% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 3rd in the WNBA in opponents points per game (79.5). The Lynx defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 42.4% (274 of 368) and they surrender 32.6 boards per contest as a team. They currently rank 4th in the WNBA in giving up assists with 386 surrendered on the year.
In their last game, the Chicago Sky took a defeat with a final score of 80-76 against the Dallas Wings. The Sky were able to collect 22 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 32 for this contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 10 times, while getting 4 steals for this contest. The Wings committed 6 fouls in the matchup which took the Sky to the charity stripe for 8 attempts. They were able to bury 8 of them for a rate of 100.0%. In regard to 3-point attempts, Chicago buried 8 out of their 24 attempts (33.3%). When all was said and done, the Sky ended up going 30 out of 72 from the floor which had them shooting 41.7%. The Sky permitted the Wings to convert 30 of their 78 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 38.5% for the matchup. They shot 50.0% from distance via 7 of 14 and walked away from this one shooting 13 out of 15 at the charity stripe (86.7%). Concerning cleaning the glass, Chicago allowed Dallas to snag 45 in total (15 offensive).
Kahleah Copper ended up having an impact for the Sky for this game. She made 6 out of 13 in this contest for a field goal rate of 46.2%, and had 5 rebounds. Copper tallied 16 points in her 31:45 mins on the court and totaled 1 assist for this contest. Someone else that was important for Chicago was Courtney Vandersloot. She came away with 12 dimes in 30:05 mins on the hardwood, and she knocked down 2 of 7 from the floor. Vandersloot wrapped this one up going 28.6% from the floor and also collecting 4 points and 1 rebound.
Chicago has a mark of 11-11 this season. The Sky commit 19.9 personal fouls per contest and they go 86.0% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 21.5 times per game (1st in the league) and they turn the ball over 14.8 times per contest. Chicago has tallied 1,806 points on the season (82.1 per contest) and they pull down 36.3 boards per game. As an offense, the Sky are connecting on 42.8% from the floor, which ranks them 7th in the league. The Sky on defense are ranked 4th in the WNBA in PPG surrendered with 79.6. The Chicago defense surrenders 33.9% on shots from distance (143 of 422) and their opponents are connecting on 75.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 17.8 dimes and 36.2 boards per contest, which has them ranked 4th and 7th in the WNBA. They are able to force 16.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 41.8% from the floor (3rd in the league).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago
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