New York Liberty vs Minnesota Lynx Prediction, 8/15/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Liberty vs Minnesota Lynx
Date: Sunday, August 15, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
The Minnesota Lynx (12-7) play the New York Liberty (10-11) at Target Center on Sunday.
The New York Liberty faced the Connecticut Sun and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 71-54 in their last contest. New York wrapped up the contest having earned a 30.4% FG percentage (17 of 56) and converted 9 out of their 29 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Liberty converted 11 of their 17 attempts for a rate of 64.7%. When talking about pulling down boards, they earned 34 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 15 assists while forcing the opposition into 10 turnovers, but couldn't earn a steal. Pertaining to defending, New York allowed the other team to go 37.9% from the field on 25 of 66 shooting. Connecticut doled out 7 dimes and had 11 steals for the game. In addition, Connecticut snagged 42 boards (7 offensive, 35 defensive) and got 1 block. Connecticut shot 90.9% at the free throw line by knocking down 10 of 11 attempts. They also made 11 out of their 30 shots from 3-point land.
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Kylee Shook is a player who was a major contributor in the matchup. She walked away with 16 points on 6 out of 8 shooting. She was on the hardwood for 32:50 minutes and also collected 1 board. Shook finished the contest at 75.0% from the field and recorded 2 assists. An additional player that had an impact in the game for the Liberty was Michaela Onyenwere. She snagged 4 rebounds in 30:48 min played. She finished 33.3% from the field in the game by shooting 3-of-9 (12 points). When the final whistle was blown, Onyenwere accounted for 1 assist.
New York will enter this contest with a mark of 10-11 this year. They are averaging 79.2 pts per contest (10th in the league) while connecting on 42.9% from the field. The Liberty are hitting 35.9% on shots from downtown (212 of 590) and 79.3% from the free throw line. As a team, New York is pulling down 34.2 rebounds per game and has accumulated 409 dimes for the campaign, which is 4th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 16.7 times per game and as a group they are committing 17.6 personal fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Liberty are able to force 12.4 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.7 personal fouls. They relinquish 31.8% on three-point shots and they are ranked 11th in the WNBA in points per game allowed (85.0). The Liberty defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 43.3% (260 of 371) and they relinquish 37.4 rebounds per game as a team. They are 11th in the WNBA in giving up assists with 411 surrendered on the season.
For their last game, the Minnesota Lynx went home victorious with a score of 86-61 against the Los Angeles Sparks. The Lynx were able to collect 29 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 in this contest. They gave up possession of the ball 18 times, while getting 6 steals for the game. The Sparks had 16 personal fouls for this game which got the Lynx to the free throw line for 15 shots. They were able to bury 11 of the free throw tries for a rate of 73.3%. Regarding shots from beyond the arc, Minnesota made 9 of their 19 attempts (47.4%). Overall, the Lynx went 33 out of 59 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 55.9%. The Lynx allowed the Sparks to bury 22 of their 60 tries from the field which had them at 36.7% in this game. They finished 26.7% from downtown by shooting 4 out of 15 and ended up shooting 13 out of 17 at the free throw line (76.5%). In relation to how they attacked the glass, Minnesota permitted Los Angeles to get 24 in all (6 offensive).
Napheesa Collier was important for the Lynx for this contest. She made 11 of 17 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 64.7%, and totaled 7 rebounds. Collier scored 27 points in her 36:40 mins on the court and had 2 dimes in the game. Another player who came through for Minnesota was Kayla McBride. She ended up walking away with 3 dimes in her 32:41 minutes played, and she knocked down 3 out of 9 from the floor. McBride walked away from this one going 33.3% from the floor as well as collecting 9 points and 3 boards.
Minnesota has a win-loss record of 12-7 for the campaign. The Lynx have committed 18.3 fouls per game while shooting 81.7% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 21.1 times per game (3rd in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 15.0 times per game. Minnesota has accumulated 1,583 pts for the campaign (83.3 per game) and they collect 35.3 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Lynx are connecting on 46.1% from the field, which is 2nd in the league. The Lynx defensively are ranked 5th in the league in PPG surrendered with 80.0. The Minnesota defense allows 36.7% on 3-point shots (152 of 414) and their opponents are connecting on 81.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 18.4 assists and 32.8 total rebounds per game, which is 5th and 2nd in the league. They are forcing 13.3 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.2% from the floor (4th in the league).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take New York
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