Minnesota Lynx vs Las Vegas Aces Prediction, 9/8/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Lynx vs Las Vegas Aces
Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Location: Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas, NV
The Las Vegas Aces (20-8) play the Minnesota Lynx (18-9) at Michelob ULTRA Arena on Wednesday.
The Minnesota Lynx faced the Washington Mystics and went home with a win by a final score of 93-75 in their last game. Minnesota ended having earned a 52.9% field goal percentage (36 out of 68) and converted 11 of 25 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Lynx knocked down 10 of 11 attempts for a percentage of 90.9%. In regard to getting rebounds, they compiled 37 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 24 dimes for this contest in addition to forcing 10 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In regard to defending, Minnesota allowed their opponent to shoot 38.7% from the field on 29 of 75 shooting. Washington distributed 11 dimes and had 7 steals in this game. Additionally, Washington had 36 boards (11 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Washington finished the game at 76.5% from the free throw line by making 13 of their 17 attempts. They converted 4 of 16 attempts from 3-point range.
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Napheesa Collier is a player who was a major factor in the game. She had 21 points on 9 out of 16 shooting. She played for 34:58 minutes and also pulled down 9 rebounds. Collier finished shooting 56.3% from the field and earned 2 dimes. Another player that was a major contributor in the game for the Lynx was Kayla McBride. She collected 3 rebounds in her 31:49 min on the hardwood. She finished the contest at 54.5% from the field in this matchup by shooting 6-of-11 (15 points). Overall, McBride had 4 assists.
Minnesota heads into this one with a record of 18-9 on the season. They are turning it over 14.4 times per contest and as a team they are committing 18.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Minnesota is grabbing 34.9 rebounds per game and has accumulated 549 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 6th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Lynx are hitting 34.5% on shots from beyond the arc (186 of 539) and 83.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 81.9 points per outing (6th in basketball) while going 45.5% from the field. When they are on defense, the Lynx are able to force 12.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.7 personal fouls. The Lynx defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 41.7% (349 of 479) and they concede 32.7 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 4th in the WNBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 485 relinquished for the season. They give up 35.1% on shots from distance while they are 3rd in the league in points per game allowed (78.3).
In their last game, the Las Vegas Aces took a defeat with a final score of 92-84 against the Chicago Sky. The Aces recorded 28 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 37 for the matchup. They also gave up possession 6 times, while getting 6 steals for this contest. The Sky earned 18 fouls for this contest which took the Aces to the charity stripe for a total of 22 tries. They were able to make 19 of them for a rate of 86.4%. Concerning 3-point attempts, Las Vegas made 5 of 13 attempts (38.5%). Overall, the Aces went 30 for 73 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.1%. The Aces allowed the Sky to bury 34 of 67 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.7% in this contest. They went 36.8% from distance by shooting 7 of 19 and finished the contest at 17 of 23 from the free throw line (73.9%). Regarding rebounding, Las Vegas allowed Chicago to collect 38 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
Chelsea Gray was important for the Aces for this game. She buried 4 out of 10 in the game for a field goal rate of 40.0%, and totaled 2 rebounds. Gray tallied 10 points in her 36:03 minutes on the hardwood and had 5 dimes in this game. An additional player who came through for Las Vegas was A'ja Wilson. She ended up finishing with 2 assists in 34:55 mins on the hardwood, and she put in 7 of 21 from the field. Wilson wrapped this one up going 33.3% from the field while also contributing 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Las Vegas has a mark of 20-8 for the year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Aces are shooting 46.5% from the field, which is 1st in the WNBA. Las Vegas has accounted for 2,482 points this year (88.6 per game) and they snag 38.8 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 20.7 times per contest (3rd in the WNBA) and they are turning it over 11.9 times per contest. The Aces are committing 15.0 fouls per contest and they shoot 81.6% from the free throw line. The Aces on the defensive end are ranked 6th in basketball in PPG allowed with 80.6. They are forcing 11.4 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 41.3% from the floor (3rd in basketball). The Las Vegas defense surrenders 30.1% on 3-point shots (196 of 651) and their opponents are converting on 81.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 19.3 dimes and 35.3 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 6th and 6th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Las Vegas
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