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Los Angeles Sparks vs. Minnesota Lynx WNBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/8/14

Minnesota Lynx (13-6) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (7-10)

WNBA Basketball: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Target Center)

The Line: Minnesota Lynx -5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx will meet for the third time this season on Tuesday night on ESPN2. The Lynx won the first two meetings.

The Sparks have gotten off to a disappointing start to the season and have lost seven of their last 11 games. The lack of defense has been an issue for the Sparks all year, as they’ve allowed 90 or more points in four of their last nine games. Offensively, Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike do majority of the heavy lifting with a combined 35.5 points per game. Still, that doesn’t help the concerns defensively. Overall, the Sparks average 79.3 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allow 80.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting. The Sparks must do a better job of contesting shots.

Los Angeles Sparks vs. Minnesota Lynx WNBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/8/14

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The Lynx have picked up right back where they finished last season and have won five of their last eight games and are just a game and a half out of first place in the West. Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen all average 15 or more points, making the Lynx one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the league. However, the Lynx also have defensive issues, which has led to three of their last four opponents scoring more than 80 points. Overall, the Lynx average 82 points on 47 percent shooting and allow 78.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting. 

The Sparks are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games. The Lynx are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Sparks are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Minnesota.

I'm going with the over in this matchup. Neither team can play defense and both can score with the best of them. This would should sail over the projected total. 

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