Minnesota Lynx (18-16) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (19-15)
|Date & Time||Tuesday August 21, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Sparks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 152.5
The Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks meet Tuesday in the first round of the WNBA playoffs at the Staples Center.
The Minnesota Lynx enter the playoffs in shaky form, losing six of their last nine games. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 78.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 78.3 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Maya Moore is averaging 18 points and 2.6 assists while Sylvia Fowles is averaging 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds. Seimone Augustus is the third double-digit scorer and Rebekkah Brunson is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Minnesota Lynx are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Lynx are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Lynx have split their last six road games.
The Los Angeles Sparks are also in questionable form, as they’ve losing four of their last five games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 78.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 77 points on 45 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 17.9 points and 4.7 assists while Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 15.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Odyssey Sims is dishing 2.8 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 81 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have split their last six home games.
The Lynx are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Sparks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Lynx are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles, 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the under is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings.
This is a weird game, as you have the two teams that played in the finals the last two years playing in a one game playoff in the first round. The Minnesota Lynx have been awful this season by their standards and nobody can explain it. However, the Lynx have also played in six of the last seven WNBA finals, so this isn't a team you want to write off no matter how poor they have been. And truthfully, the Sparks haven't been great either and are only shooting 39.4 percent in their last five games. We've seen a lot of games between these teams come down to the wire and with playoff experience on both sides, I can't leave points on the table.