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Los Angeles Sparks vs. Minnesota Lynx - 9/22/15 West Semifinals Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Lynx (1-1) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (1-1)

WNBA Basketball: Tuesday September 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Target Center)

The Line: Minnesota Lynx -5.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx meet Tuesday in game three at the Target Center.

The Los Angeles Sparks look to advance after splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 73.6 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 74.2 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds while Ana Dabovic is averaging 13 points and 4.5 assists. Jantel Lavender is grabbing 7.5 rebounds and Nneka Ogwumike is the fourth double-digit scorer. The Los Angeles Sparks have scored under 70 points in five of their last eight games and have lost six of their last seven when that’s the case. The Sparks shot 44.8 percent from the field in their game two victory. The Sparks are 5-13 SU on the road and have lost four straight.

Los Angeles Sparks vs. Minnesota Lynx - 9/22/15 West Semifinals Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Lynx look to advance after splitting their last 10 games. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 75.1 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 71.8 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Maya Moore is averaging 30 points and 5.5 rebounds while Seimone Augustus is averaging 15.5 points and 3.5 assists. Sylvia Fowles is grabbing eight rebounds and Lindsay Whalen is dishing three assists. The Minnesota Lynx have scored under 70 points in four of their last nine games and have lost five of their last six when that’s the case. The Lynx are coming off a game two loss in which they shot 42.4 percent from the field. The Lynx are 14-4 SU on their home court and have won five of their last seven.

The Sparks are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lynx are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and  0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. The Sparks are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Minnesota. 

I'm siding with the Sparks here, as they seem a little deeper on the offensive end. The Lynx are relying a little too much on Moore to takeover games, and that could be dangerous despite how good she is. I like the points here. 

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Los Angeles Sparks +5.5

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