Minnesota Lynx vs Los Angeles Sparks Prediction, 7/11/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Lynx vs Los Angeles Sparks
Date: Sunday, July 11, 2021
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
The Los Angeles Sparks (6-12) play the Minnesota Lynx (10-7) at Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday.
The Minnesota Lynx played the Dallas Wings and took home the win by a score of 85-79 in their last game. Minnesota wrapped up the game having earned a 50.8% field goal percentage (33 out of 65) and buried 7 out of their 20 three-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Lynx converted 12 of their 17 tries for a percentage of 70.6%. In the matter of rebounding, they collected 32 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 22 assists for the game in addition to forcing 11 turnovers and having 6 steals. In the matter of defense, Minnesota allowed the other team to shoot 41.9% from the field on 31 out of 74 shooting. Dallas distributed 10 assists and had 7 steals for the game. Furthermore, Dallas grabbed 34 rebounds (10 offensive, 24 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Dallas went 100.0% from the charity stripe by converting 8 of their 8 attempts. They made 9 out of their 28 attempts from downtown.
Napheesa Collier is one player who was a major contributor in this matchup. She left the arena with 10 points on 5 out of 11 shooting. She was on the court for 40:00 mins and snagged 4 boards. Collier walked away from this one shooting 45.5% from the field and also totaled 1 assist. An additional player that was a major factor in this matchup for the Lynx was Kayla McBride. She snagged 5 rebounds in 36:55 min on the basketball court. She finished shooting 69.2% from the field in this contest via 9-of-13 (25 points). Overall, McBride earned 5 assists.
Minnesota comes into this game with a record of 10-7 for the season. The Lynx are shooting 33.6% on shots from downtown (119 of 354) and 82.1% from the charity stripe. They average 83.5 points per game (5th in basketball) while connecting on 45.6% from the field. They lose possession by turning the ball over 15.1 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 18.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Minnesota is pulling in 35.2 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 351 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 6th in the league in terms of passing the rock. When they are on the defensive end, the Lynx are able to force 13.1 turnovers per game and they draw 18.4 fouls. They rank 4th in the WNBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 322 surrendered this season. The Lynx defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 42.8% (222 of 312) and they concede 32.8 boards per game as a team. They are giving up 37.8% on shots from distance and they are 7th in the league in PPG allowed (81.9).
For their last game, the Los Angeles Sparks went home defeated by a final of 71-62 when they played the Seattle Storm. The Sparks were able to collect 21 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 28 in this game. They turned the ball over 17 times, while getting 11 steals for the contest. The Storm earned 19 fouls in the matchup which took the Sparks to the free throw line for a total of 20 tries. They were able to bury 16 of the free throws for a percentage of 80.0%. When it comes to three-point attempts, Los Angeles made 4 of 19 attempts (21.1%). When the game finished, the Sparks ended up shooting 21 out of 59 from the floor which had them shooting 35.6%. The Sparks allowed the Storm to make 23 out of their 61 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 37.7% for this contest. They shot 25.0% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 5 out of 20 and finished the contest at 20 of 21 at the free throw line (95.2%). In regard to rebounding, Los Angeles allowed Seattle to snag 37 in all (14 on the offensive side).
Erica Wheeler was important for the Sparks for the game. She made 8 out of 13 for the game for a field goal percentage of 61.5%, and totaled 1 rebound. Wheeler recorded 22 points in her 32:57 minutes of playing time and added 3 assists in the game. An additional player that was important for Los Angeles was Nia Coffey. She accumulated 1 assist in her 30:39 mins on the court, and she knocked down 2 of 11 from the field. Coffey walked away from this one going 18.2% from the floor in addition to earning 5 points and 7 total rebounds.
Los Angeles has a win-loss record of 6-12 for the season. The Sparks have committed 19.5 personal fouls per game and they shoot 76.2% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 14.4 times per game (12th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.6 times per contest. Los Angeles has accumulated 1,329 points for the year (73.8 per contest) and they collect 29.8 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Sparks are shooting 39.7% from the field, which ranks 12th in the WNBA. The Sparks are ranked 3rd in basketball in points per game surrendered with 79.5. The Los Angeles defense gives up 35.3% on shots from 3-point land (132 of 374) and opponents are making 84.8% of their free throw shots. They have surrendered 16.7 dimes and 40.1 boards per game, which ranks 1st and 12th in the league. They are forcing 17.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.4% from the field (6th in the WNBA).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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