Minnesota Lynx vs Connecticut Sun Prediction, 9/17/2023 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Lynx vs Connecticut Sun
Date: Sunday, September 17, 2023
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+9)
Mohegan Sun Arena is the venue where and the Connecticut Sun (27-13) will take on the Minnesota Lynx (19-21) on Sunday in Game 2 of their series. The Sun lead 1-0. The line on this contest has Connecticut as 9 point favorites. The over/under opens at 158.5.
The Minnesota Lynx went home with a loss by a final score of 90-60 in Game 1. Minnesota finished the contest having earned a 35.0% FG percentage (21 out of 60) and converted 5 of 25 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Lynx made 13 of 16 shots for a percentage of 81.3%. When discussing pulling down rebounds, they compiled 32 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 13 dimes for the contest as well as forcing 11 turnovers and having 5 steals. In reference to defense, Minnesota allowed 47.1% from the field on 33 of 70 shooting. Connecticut doled out 7 assists and had 13 steals in the matchup. On top of that, Connecticut grabbed 36 rebounds (7 offensive, 29 defensive) and got 2 rejections. Connecticut finished the game at 66.7% from the free throw line by burying 8 of their 12 shots. They also buried 16 of 30 attempts from beyond the arc.
Kayla McBride is a player who was a contributor in the matchup. She was able to score 16 points on 6 of 14 shooting. She was on the hardwood for 38 minutes played and collected 3 boards. McBride finished the contest at 42.9% from the field and also distributed 3 dimes.
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Minnesota heads into this game with a mark of 19-21 on the season. They turn the ball over 13.4 times per game and as a squad they commit 16.9 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Minnesota is collecting 34.3 rebounds per contest and has totaled 776 dimes this year, which has them ranked 6th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Lynx are connecting on 32.5% from downtown (270 of 832) and 80.1% from the free throw line. They have an average of 80.2 pts per contest (9th in the league) while going 43.5% from the field. On defense, the Lynx are able to force 12.7 turnovers per game while drawing 17.9 personal fouls. The Lynx defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 44.6% (507 of 715) and they surrender 35.2 boards per contest as a group. They currently rank 10th in the WNBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 819 conceded on the campaign. They are conceding 35.7% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 11th in the league in PPG allowed (85.0).
In Game 1, the Sun earned 29 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 36 in this matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while getting 13 steals for the contest. The Lynx earned 13 personal fouls for the contest which got the Sun to the charity stripe for 12 shots. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 66.7%. When talking about 3-point shots, Connecticut made 16 of 30 tries (53.3%). At the conclusion of this game, the Sun finished 33 out of 70 from the field which gave them a rate of 47.1%. The Sun allowed the Lynx to make 21 of their 60 tries from the field which had them shooting 35.0% for the matchup. They went 20.0% from 3-point land by shooting 5 of 25 and ended up going 13 out of 16 at the charity stripe (81.3%). When discussing how they rebounded, Connecticut allowed Minnesota to collect 32 in all (7 offensive).
DeWanna Bonner ended up being a factor for the Sun in the matchup. She buried 6 of 17 in this contest giving her a field goal percentage of 35.3%, and tallied 15 rebounds. Bonner accumulated 17 points in her 33 minutes on the court and earned 6 assists in the matchup.
Connecticut has a win-loss record of 27-13 on the campaign. The Sun are responsible for committing 18.4 personal fouls per game and they shoot 76.6% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 20.7 times per game (3rd in the WNBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.4 times per game. Connecticut has accounted for 3,307 pts for the season (82.7 per game) and they grab 33.6 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Sun are shooting 44.5% from the floor, which ranks 3rd in the league. The Sun are ranked 1st in the league in PPG given up with 79.0. They have forced 14.8 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 43.5% from the field (4th in the league). The Connecticut defense allows 32.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter (268 of 836) and opponents are connecting on 78.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 19.0 dimes and 33.9 boards on a nightly basis, which is 3rd and 4th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (+9)
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