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Draftkings Best WNBA Showdown Picks: Lynx vs. Sparks 7/9/24

Draftkings picks and predictions for this evening's Lynx vs. Sparks matchup.

Minnesota Lynx vs. Los Angeles Sparks
July 9, 2024 8:00 pm EDT

The WNBA presents a matchup between the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks. Let’s take a look at this game from a Draftkings perspective.

Before we dive into the Minnesota Lynx vs. Los Angeles Sparks game let’s review the rules for the Draftkings single game showdown contest.

Draftkings Single Game Showdown Contest Rules

You have $50,000 to utilize on five players from either team. However, one of those players will be designated as your team captain. The captain accumulates 1.5 times the standard fantasy points. Additionally, the captain is 1.5 times the standard cost of the flex position.

The remaining four players in your lineup will receive the standard fantasy points. Having stated that, it is highly important for you to identify the correct player for your captain position if you hope to win a large field DFS GPP (guaranteed prize pool) showdown contest.

If you have additional questions regarding the rules for the single game showdown contest, I recommend that you check out the Draftkings website for more details.

*I recommend that all readers review the starting lineups for both teams prior to setting your DFS lineup for this one game slate

Here are my Draftkings picks for tonight’s Minnesota Lynx vs. Los Angeles Sparks matchup.

Draftkings Picks

Captain-Dearica Hamby, Forward, Los Angeles Sparks $11,000

In my opinion, Los Angeles forward Dearica Hamby has been the most valuable player on the Los Angeles Sparks roster this season. Having stated that, how has Hamby been playing from a statistical perspective?

In the 21 games that forward Dearica Hamby has played for the Los Angeles Sparks in the 2024 WNBA regular season, Hamby has averaged a robust 19.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.4 blocks a game.

It is noteworthy that these two teams faced off earlier this season in Minnesota. In that matchup, Los Angeles forward Dearica Hamby played at a high level. In the Minnesota Lynx’s 81-76 win over the Los Angeles Sparks just mentioned, Sparks forward Dearica Hamby accumulated 16 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 1 block.

Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier has been officially listed as doubtful for tonight’s game. The loss of Collier’s presence on the basketball court should allow Dearica Hamby’s game to flourish in the paint.

In summary, I am rolling with Los Angeles Sparks forward Dearica Hamby as my captain for this one game WNBA DFS showdown slate.

Flex Plays

Allana Smith, Forward, Minnesota Lynx $9,600

Minnesota Lynx Alanna Smith has been an important part of this Minnesota Lynx team in 2024. In 20 games played for the Minnesota Lynx this season, Smith is averaging 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2 blocks a game.

I mentioned earlier in this article that talented Lynx forward Napheesa Collier will likely miss this evening’s contest with the Sparks due to injury. Collier’s absence should allow Minnesota forward Allana Smith an opportunity to be more involved within the Minnesota offense tonight.

I certainly like Alanna Smith’s matchup in this game. Why? Minnesota forward Allana Smith draws a Los Angeles Sparks defense that has struggled on the defensive side of the basketball all season. Through 21 games played in the 2024 WNBA regular season, the Los Angeles Sparks are currently ranked an abysmal ninth in total points allowed in the paint a game (36.1), eighth in defensive rebound percentage (25.5), and tenth in total opponent points allowed off turnovers (17.6). Clearly, the data just presented tells us that the Los Angeles Sparks are currently not a good defensive team.

Additional players I like to play well this evening (Draftkings price noted): Courtney Williams, Guard (Minnesota) $8,800: Dorka Juhasz, Forward, (Minnesota) $6,000.

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Hans Geevers

I have been an avid fan of sports since I was a kid. Additionally, I have been betting on sports for the better part of the last two decades! I have been married to my wife Dawn for over 21 years. I am also the proud father of Hannah! These ladies provide me the inspiration to live each day to it's fullest.

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