Minnesota Lynx vs Connecticut Sun Prediction, 8/17/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Lynx vs Connecticut Sun
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
TV: Amazon Prime
The Connecticut Sun (15-6) play the Minnesota Lynx (13-7) at Mohegan Sun Arena on Tuesday.
The Minnesota Lynx faced off with the New York Liberty and went home with a win by a final score of 88-78 in their last contest. Minnesota walked away from the contest having earned a 48.5% field goal percentage (32 of 66) and made 6 of their 19 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Lynx knocked down 18 of their 21 attempts for a percentage of 85.7%. Concerning rebounding, they earned 36 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 24 dimes for the contest in addition to forcing 8 turnovers and earning 6 steals. With regard to defense, Minnesota allowed their opponent to shoot 45.1% from the floor on 32 out of 71 shooting. New York doled out 16 dimes and had 9 steals for this contest. On top of that, New York grabbed 30 rebounds (7 offensive, 23 defensive) and got 2 blocked shots. New York ended up going 72.7% at the free throw line by knocking down 8 of 11 tries. They also knocked down 6 of 20 attempts from distance.
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Napheesa Collier is a player who was a contributor in the game. She totaled 18 points on 8 of 21 shooting. She played for 38:46 mins played and totaled 10 rebounds. Collier went 38.1% from the field and earned 4 dimes. One more player that was a determining factor in this game for the Lynx was Kayla McBride. She grabbed 4 rebounds in her 32:31 min on the hardwood. She finished the game at 57.1% from the field in this game by shooting 4-of-7 (16 points). Overall, McBride collected 4 assists.
Minnesota enters this game with a mark of 13-7 this season. They are turning it over 14.8 times per game and as a team are committing 18.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Minnesota is grabbing 35.3 boards per contest and has accounted for 424 assists so far this season, which ranks 5th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Lynx are shooting 34.5% from downtown (143 of 414) and 81.9% from the charity stripe. They average 83.6 points per contest (4th in the league) while hitting 46.2% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Lynx are able to force 13.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.8 personal fouls. They are giving up 36.4% from 3-point land while they are 4th in basketball in PPG from their opponents (79.9). The Lynx defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 42.3% (260 of 356) and they surrender 32.7 rebounds per game as a unit. They rank 4th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 366 surrendered this season.
The last time they took the court, the Connecticut Sun walked away with a victory by a final of 80-59 when they played the Dallas Wings. The Sun snagged 25 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 34 in the game. They turned the ball over 11 times, while recording 12 steals for this contest. The Wings had 16 fouls for the game which took the Sun to the charity stripe for a total of 8 attempts. They were able to knock down 7 of the free throws for a rate of 87.5%. In the matter of shots from beyond the perimeter, Connecticut buried 7 out of their 17 tries (41.2%). In all, the Sun finished shooting 33 for 66 from the floor which gave them a rate of 50.0%. The Sun permitted the Wings to convert 24 out of their 52 attempts from the field which had them shooting 46.2% in the matchup. They finished 43.8% from 3-point land by shooting 7 of 16 and finished the contest at 4 of 6 at the charity stripe (66.7%). When talking about cleaning the glass, Connecticut allowed Dallas to pull down 22 overall (1 on the offensive glass).
DeWanna Bonner was important for the Sun for the matchup. She made 6 out of 12 in the matchup giving her a rate of 50.0%, and had 5 rebounds. Bonner earned 14 points in her 35:12 mins of playing time and added 2 dimes in the matchup. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Connecticut was Jonquel Jones. She walked away with 4 dimes in 34:39 mins played, and she put in 9 out of 17 from the floor. Jones finished going 52.9% from the floor while also earning 19 points and 15 rebounds.
Connecticut has a record of 15-6 this year. As an offensive unit, the Sun are shooting 44.1% from the floor, which is 4th in the league. Connecticut has scored 1,668 pts on the year (79.4 per game) and they pull down 37.1 rebounds per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 18.0 times per game (9th in basketball) and they turn it over 13.5 times per game. The Sun have committed 18.5 personal fouls per game while shooting 79.8% from the free throw line. The Sun on the defensive side of the court are 1st in the WNBA in points given up per game with 72.5. They have allowed 17.3 assists and 29.0 total boards per game, which is 2nd and 1st in the league. The Connecticut defense allows 32.4% on 3-point attempts (143 of 442) and their opponents are knocking down 81.8% of their free throw attempts. They have forced 12.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 40.9% from the floor (2nd in the league).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota
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