Los Angeles Sparks vs. Minnesota Lynx - 9/18/15 Conference Semifinals Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Lynx (0-0) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (0-0)
WNBA Basketball: Friday September 18, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Lynx -5.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBATV, TWC SN / TWC D
The Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx meet Friday night in game one of the playoffs at Target Center.
The Los Angeles Sparks ended the regular season winning six of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 73.6 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 74.6 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 19.4 points and 10.1 rebounds while Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 16.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. Jantel Lavender is grabbing 8.3 rebounds and Kristi Toliver is dishing 3.7 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks have scored 66 or less points in four of their last six games. The Sparks are 2-14 SU when scoring 70 or less points this season. The Sparks are 5-12 SU on the road and have lost three straight.
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The Minnesota Lynx ended the regular season splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 75.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 71.7 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Maya Moore is averaging 20.6 points and 6.7 rebounds while Sylvia Fowles is averaging 15.3 points and 8.3 rebounds. Anna Cruz is dishing three assists and Rebekkah Brunson is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The Minnesota Lynx have been on cruise control for a while now and have scored under 70 points in five of their last 10 games. The Lynx are 13-4 SU on their home court and have won five of their last seven. Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen are questionable with injuries.
The Sparks are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Lynx are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Sparks are 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Minnesota and 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
I think this series is going to go the distance with the home team winning both of the first two matchups. The Lynx have been really bad on the road this season, while the Lynx are easily the favorites to win the whole thing. Hard not to take Minny and the reasonable number.