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Minnesota Lynx vs. Los Angeles Sparks - 7/5/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Sparks (12-6) vs. Minnesota Lynx (10-7)
Date & Time Thursday July 5, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Lynx -5 -- Over/Under: 155
TV Channel
ESPN 2
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WNBA | Los Angeles Sparks (12-6) vs. Minnesota Lynx (10-7)
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The Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx meet Thursday in WNBA action at the Target Center.

The Los Angeles Sparks look for a bounce back victory after losing three of their last four games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 79.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 76.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 16.5 points and 6.7 rebounds while Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 16.2 points and 1.9 assists. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Odyssey Sims is dishing 3.2 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.9 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.1 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have lost three straight road games.

The Minnesota Lynx look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 79.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 77.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Maya Moore is averaging 19.8 points and 2.5 assists while Sylvia Fowles is averaging 17.2 points and 12 rebounds. Seimone Augustus is the third double-digit scorer and Rebekkah Brunson is grabbing seven rebounds. The Minnesota Lynx are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Lynx are allowing 30 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.2 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Lynx have won five of their last seven home games.

The Sparks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference, 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lynx are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. The Sparks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota, 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the under is 25-10 in the last 35 meetings.

The Los Angeles Sparks have been shaky at best on the road this season and have failed to cover four of their last five games. The Minnesota Lynx have all the motivation in the world for this game, as they lost a heartbreaker to the Sparks earlier in the season and are coming off a brutal, brutal loss to the Indiana Fever. I expect to see the best from the Lynx at home here, as they produce a comfortable win against their rival.

Pick:
Minnesota Lynx -5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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