Minnesota Lynx vs New York Liberty Prediction, 5/18/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Lynx vs New York Liberty
Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+10)
The New York Liberty (2-20 last season) play the Minnesota Lynx (14-8 last year) at Barclays Center on Tuesday. The odds on this game have New York as 10 point favorites. The over/under opens at 160.
The Minnesota Lynx played the Seattle Storm and ended up losing by a score of 92-71 in their last game of last season. Minnesota finished the contest with a 38.2% FG percentage (26 out of 68) and made 7 out of their 22 3-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Lynx converted 12 of their 14 attempts for a rate of 85.7%. Regarding getting rebounds, they collected 40 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 17 dimes in this contest while creating 5 turnovers and getting 3 steals. In the matter of the defense, Minnesota allowed the other team to shoot 47.4% from the floor on 37 of 78 shooting. Seattle doled out 31 dimes and had 10 steals in this game. Furthermore, Seattle snagged 34 rebounds (7 offensive, 27 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Seattle ended up going 84.6% at the free throw line by burying 11 of 13 attempts. They made 7 of their 26 attempts from three-point range.
Napheesa Collier is one player who came through for this game. She scored 22 points on 10 out of 17 shooting. She played for 35:03 mins and also collected 15 rebounds. Collier finished shooting 58.8% from the field and also totaled 2 dimes. An additional player that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Lynx was Crystal Dangerfield. She pulled down 5 rebounds in her 38:12 minutes on the court. She finished shooting 36.8% from the floor in this game by connecting on 7-of-19 (16 points). When this game wrapped up, Dangerfield had 2 assists.
Minnesota steps onto the hardwood after finishing with a mark of 14-8 last year. They had an average of 84.4 pts per game (6th in basketball) while connecting on 45.6% from the field. The Lynx connected on 38.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (182 of 473) and 81.8% from the charity stripe. As a basketball team, Minnesota pulled down 34.4 rebounds per game and tallied 435 assists last year, which had them ranked 6th in the WNBA in terms of passing. They turned it over 14.2 times per contest and as a basketball team committed 16.9 fouls on a nightly basis. When they were on defense, the Lynx were able to force 14.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and they drew 17.5 fouls. The Lynx defensively gave up a shooting percentage of 44.6% (645 of 1,445) and they conceded 30.9 rebounds per game as a squad. They were 9th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 433 conceded throughout last season. They surrendered 33.1% from 3-point land while they were 5th in the WNBA in PPG allowed (80.6).
When they last stepped on the hardwood last year, the New York Liberty took a loss by a score of 82-79 when they played the Dallas Wings. The Liberty corralled 28 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards for a total of 34 for the matchup. They turned it over 14 times, while recording 4 steals for the matchup. The Wings earned 16 fouls for this contest which took the Liberty to the charity stripe for a total of 17 shots. They were able to bury 12 of them for a percentage of 70.6%. With respect to shots from 3-point land, New York converted 3 out of their 19 tries (15.8%). When the game finished, the Liberty ended up going 32 for 67 from the floor which had them sitting at 47.8%. The Liberty allowed the Wings to knock down 27 of their 70 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 38.6% in the game. They went 25.0% from downtown by connecting on 9 out of 36 and ended up shooting 19 of 22 from the free throw line (86.4%). In regard to team rebounding, New York permitted Dallas to collect 35 in total (8 on the offensive side).
Jazmine Jones pitched in for the Liberty for the game. She buried 8 out of 14 in this game for a field goal percentage of 57.1%, and earned 7 rebounds. Jones earned 21 points in her 31:04 minutes of playing time and had 4 assists in the game. An additional player that ended being a contributor for New York was Leaonna Odom. She wrapped the game up with 1 assist in 30:51 mins played, and she knocked down 10 out of 12 from the floor. Odom ended the game having shot 83.3% from the floor while contributing 20 points and 1 rebound.
New York had a record of 2-20 last season. New York totaled 1,581 pts last year (71.9 per contest) and they grabbed 35.8 rebounds per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Liberty connected on 37.2% from the field, which ranked them 12th in basketball. The Liberty committed 19.1 personal fouls per game and they shot 82.3% from the free throw line. They assisted teammates 14.9 times per contest (12th in the WNBA) and they coughed up possession 16.8 times per contest. The Liberty on the defensive side of the court were 9th in basketball in points given up per game with 85.9. They forced 11.9 TO's per game and let teams shoot 44.4% from the field (5th in the WNBA). The New York defense allowed 34.4% on shots from beyond the arc (151 of 439) and their opponents knocked down 82.9% of their free throw attempts. They surrendered 18.5 dimes and 37.0 boards per contest, which ranked them 5th and 12th in those categories on the defensive end.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (+10)
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Get all of Today's Free WNBA Picks
Get all of Today's Guaranteed Expert WNBA Picks