Minnesota Lynx vs Connecticut Sun Prediction, 8/19/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Lynx vs Connecticut Sun
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
The Minnesota Lynx (13-8) travel to Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday where they'll meet the Connecticut Sun (16-6).
The Minnesota Lynx stepped onto the hardwood against the Connecticut Sun and ended up losing by a score of 72-60 in their last game. Minnesota walked away from the contest having earned a 41.7% field goal percentage (25 out of 60) and buried 5 out of their 16 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Lynx converted 5 of their 7 attempts for a percentage of 71.4%. In reference to rebounding, they collected 22 with 3 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 16 assists in the matchup while forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and having 8 steals. In the matter of defense, Minnesota allowed 43.3% from the field on 26 out of 60 shooting. Connecticut distributed 20 dimes and had 9 steals in this game. In addition, Connecticut collected 30 rebounds (2 offensive, 28 defensive) and earned 1 block. Connecticut went 87.5% at the charity stripe by burying 14 of 16 attempts. They buried 6 of their 17 tries from distance.
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Kayla McBride is one player who was a factor for the game. She ended up with 12 points on 3 of 8 shooting. She played 34:15 minutes played and also grabbed 4 rebounds. McBride finished the game at 37.5% from the field and also recorded 1 assist. Another player that was a major factor in the game for the Lynx was Sylvia Fowles. She had 5 rebounds in 33:00 minutes played on the night. She finished the contest at 70.0% from the field for this game by connecting on 7-of-10 (14 points). Overall, Fowles had 1 assist.
Minnesota enters this one with a record of 13-8 so far this year. They lose possession via turnover 14.9 times per game and as a squad they commit 18.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Minnesota is grabbing 34.7 boards per game and has accounted for 440 assists for the season, which is 4th in the WNBA in terms of passing the ball. The Lynx are shooting 34.4% from downtown (148 of 430) and 81.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 82.4 points per game (5th in the WNBA) while going 46.0% from the field. When they are on defense, the Lynx are forcing 13.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.5 fouls. They rank 4th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 386 conceded this year. The Lynx defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 42.4% (274 of 368) and they relinquish 32.6 rebounds per contest as a unit. They relinquish 36.4% on shots from downtown while they are 3rd in basketball in PPG from their opponents (79.5).
When they last stepped on the court, the Connecticut Sun took home the win by a final score of 72-60 when they faced the Minnesota Lynx. The Sun were able to pull down 28 defensive boards and 2 offensive boards totaling 30 for this game. They turned the ball over 14 times, while earning 9 steals in this contest. The Lynx were called for 18 fouls for the contest which took the Sun to the free throw line for a total of 16 shots. They were able to convert 14 of those for a rate of 87.5%. With respect to 3-point shots, Connecticut knocked down 6 of 17 tries (35.3%). In all, the Sun shot 26 for 60 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.3%. The Sun permitted the Lynx to bury 25 of 60 tries from the field which had them shooting 41.7% for the contest. They went 31.3% from 3-point land by hitting 5 out of 16 and ended up going 5 out of 7 at the free throw line (71.4%). In reference to how they cleaned up the glass, Connecticut permitted Minnesota to get 22 in total (3 on the offensive glass).
DeWanna Bonner ended up being a major contributor for the Sun in this matchup. She made 7 out of 17 for the game for a field goal rate of 41.2%, and earned 6 rebounds. Bonner totaled 18 points in her 38:18 minutes on the hardwood and earned 3 assists in this matchup. Another player that ended being a contributor for Connecticut was Jonquel Jones. She walked away with 4 assists in 35:19 mins on the hardwood, and she shot 6 of 14 from the floor. Jones walked away from this one going 42.9% from the floor and also collecting 17 points and 13 boards.
Connecticut has a win-loss mark of 16-6 for the year. The Sun have committed 18.2 fouls per contest and they hit 80.2% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 18.1 times per game (9th in the WNBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.5 times per game. Connecticut has earned 1,740 pts this year (79.1 per game) and they average 36.8 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Sun are shooting 44.0% from the floor, which is ranked 4th in basketball. The Sun on the defensive end are ranked 1st in the league in points allowed per game with 72.0. The Connecticut defense gives up 32.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter (148 of 458) and their opposition makes 81.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They have surrendered 17.2 dimes and 28.7 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 2nd and 1st in the WNBA. They are forcing 12.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 41.0% from the field (2nd in basketball).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota
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