Minnesota Lynx vs Los Angeles Sparks Prediction, 5/17/2022 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Lynx vs Los Angeles Sparks
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
The Los Angeles Sparks (2-2) play the Minnesota Lynx (0-4) at Crypto.com Arena on Tuesday.
The Minnesota Lynx faced off with the Chicago Sky and took a loss by a final of 82-78 in their last contest. Minnesota wrapped up the game having earned a 49.2% field goal percentage (29 of 59) and buried 6 of their 16 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Lynx knocked down 14 of their 23 attempts for a rate of 60.9%. When discussing rebounding, they earned a total of 37 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 23 assists in this matchup while forcing the other team into 5 turnovers and getting 2 steals. When discussing defense, Minnesota let their opponent shoot 40.6% from the floor on 28 of 69 shooting. Chicago recorded 8 assists and had 9 steals for this contest. Moreover, Chicago totaled 28 rebounds (8 offensive, 20 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Chicago finished shooting 90.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 18 of 20 shots. They buried 8 out of their 24 attempts from three-point range.
Sylvia Fowles is a player who was a major factor for this contest. She ended up walking away with 16 points on 7 of 9 shooting. She saw the court for 33 minutes played and snagged 11 rebounds. Fowles finished the game at 77.8% from the floor and also earned 1 assist.
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Minnesota enters this matchup with a win-loss record of 0-4 on the campaign. They turn it over 16.3 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 18.0 fouls per game. As a team, Minnesota is pulling down 37.5 boards per contest and has 86 assists on the season, which has them ranked 2nd in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Lynx are hitting 26.8% on shots from 3-point land (19 of 71) and 64.3% from the free throw line. They have an average of 73.5 pts per contest (11th in basketball) while going 40.9% from the field. On the defensive end, the Lynx are forcing 12.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.0 fouls. They are 12th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 93 surrendered for the year. The Lynx defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 44.9% (50 of 72) and they surrender 32.3 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They concede 40.0% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 12th in the WNBA in points per game allowed (84.8).
When they last stepped on the court, the Los Angeles Sparks went home defeated by a final of 77-60 when they faced the Connecticut Sun. The Sparks were able to pull down 13 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards for a total of 21 for the matchup. They also turned it over 19 times, while recording 11 steals in this matchup. The Sun earned 23 fouls in the matchup which took the Sparks to the free throw line for a total of 22 tries. They were able to convert 19 of the free throw tries for a rate of 86.4%. When talking about shots from beyond the perimeter, Los Angeles buried 3 of 12 tries (25.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Sparks shot 19 out of 54 from the field which had them at 35.2%. The Sparks permitted the Sun to convert 28 of 70 attempts from the field 0 40.0% in the game. They finished the game shooting 25.0% from distance by shooting 5 out of 20 and finished the game at 16 of 21 at the charity stripe (76.2%). When it comes to rebounds, Los Angeles permitted Connecticut to snag 45 in total (19 offensive).
Nneka Ogwumike ended up having an impact for the Sparks in this matchup. She buried 4 out of 7 for this contest for a field goal rate of 57.1%, and earned 3 rebounds. Ogwumike racked up 12 points in her 30 mins on the hardwood and had 2 assists in this contest.
Los Angeles has a record of 2-2 for the campaign. As an offensive team, the Sparks are connecting on 42.0% from the field, which ranks 5th in the league. Los Angeles has totaled 320 points so far this season (80.0 per game) and they pull in 33.5 rebounds per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 16.3 times per game (10th in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 16.5 times per contest. The Sparks are committing 18.8 fouls per game and they go 84.7% from the charity stripe. The Sparks on the defensive side of the court are 6th in basketball in PPG given up with 80.5. The Los Angeles defense allows 35.7% on shots from beyond the arc (35 of 98) and opponents are connecting on 76.8% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 19.8 assists and 37.0 total boards per game, which is ranked 10th and 10th in the WNBA. They are able to force 18.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 40.8% from the field (2nd in the league).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota
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