Washington Mystics vs Minnesota Lynx Prediction, 9/4/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Mystics vs Minnesota Lynx
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
The Minnesota Lynx (16-9) play the Washington Mystics (10-16) at Target Center on Saturday.
The Washington Mystics took the court against the Connecticut Sun and took a loss by a final of 85-75 in their last game. Washington walked away from the contest having earned a 45.5% FG percentage (25 out of 55) and converted 9 of 26 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Mystics converted 16 of 18 attempts for a percentage of 88.9%. When talking about grabbing boards, they compiled 20 with 3 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 19 assists for the contest while forcing the other team into 15 turnovers and having 9 steals. Regarding defense, Washington let their opponent shoot 49.3% from the field on 34 out of 69 shooting. Connecticut distributed 16 assists and had 7 steals in this contest. Additionally, Connecticut had 38 rebounds (16 offensive, 22 defensive) and got 4 blocked shots. Connecticut walked away from this one shooting 75.0% at the free throw line by burying 9 of their 12 tries. They buried 8 of their 20 attempts from beyond the arc.
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Myisha Hines-Allen is one player who had an impact for this game. She ended up walking away with 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting. She was on the court for 31:12 minutes and also totaled 5 rebounds. Hines-Allen ended up going 58.3% from the floor and totaled 5 assists. Someone else that had an impact in the matchup for the Mystics was Ariel Atkins. She pulled down 1 rebound in 30:26 min on the basketball court. She finished the game shooting 75.0% from the field for this game by going 6-of-8 (16 points). When the time ran out, Atkins wasn't able to get a dime.
Washington comes into this matchup with a mark of 10-16 this year. The Mystics are connecting on 32.9% on 3-point shots (238 of 723) and 81.3% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 80.3 pts per game (8th in basketball) while hitting 40.8% from the field. They lose possession via turnover 12.1 times per game and as a squad they are committing 17.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Washington is collecting 33.3 boards per game and has earned 488 assists on the year, which has them ranked 7th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Mystics have forced 13.8 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.4 personal fouls. They are ranked 7th in the WNBA in giving up assists with 497 conceded on the year. The Mystics defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 45.8% (358 of 453) and they relinquish 36.9 boards per game as a team. They are relinquishing 37.6% on shots from downtown and they are 9th in basketball in PPG from their opponents (83.0).
In their last game, the Minnesota Lynx walked away with a victory by a final of 74-66 against the New York Liberty. The Lynx snagged 33 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 43 for this game. They turned the ball over 14 times, while getting 5 steals for the matchup. The Liberty had 21 fouls for this game which took the Lynx to the charity stripe for 24 tries. They were able to knock down 21 of them for a percentage of 87.5%. In the matter of three-point shots, Minnesota made 5 of their 26 attempts (19.2%). When this game wrapped up, the Lynx finished 24 for 69 from the field which gave them a rate of 34.8%. The Lynx allowed the Liberty to make 23 of 71 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 32.4% for the contest. They wrapped up this game 20.8% from 3-point land by going 5 of 24 and ended up shooting 15 out of 17 from the charity stripe (88.2%). In regard to rebounding, Minnesota permitted New York to collect 38 in total (8 on the offensive side).
Napheesa Collier was important for the Lynx in this game. She buried 8 of 19 for this game for a rate of 42.1%, and totaled 14 rebounds. Collier recorded 21 points in her 38:01 mins of playing time, but finished this game without an assist. An additional player who came through for Minnesota was Kayla McBride. She ended up finishing with 1 assist in 31:57 minutes on the hardwood, and she put in 8 out of 18 from the floor. McBride ended the game having shot 44.4% from the floor in addition to totaling 25 points and 9 boards.
Minnesota has a record of 16-9 for the campaign. As an offensive team, the Lynx are connecting on 45.5% from the field, which ranks them 2nd in basketball. Minnesota has accumulated 2,053 pts on the season (82.1 per game) and they collect 34.5 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 20.3 times per game (4th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 14.5 times per game. The Lynx commit 18.2 fouls per contest and they go 83.1% from the charity stripe. The Lynx are ranked 3rd in the league in points given up per game with 79.3. They have forced 13.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 42.2% from the field (4th in the league). The Minnesota defense surrenders 35.6% on shots from beyond the arc (191 of 537) and opponents are connecting on 82.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 18.4 dimes and 32.7 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 4th and 2nd in the WNBA.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota
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