Seattle Storm (23-8) vs. Minnesota Lynx (17-13)
|Date & Time||Sunday August 12, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Lynx -1 -- Over/Under: 163.5
ESPN 3, FOX SPORTS NORTH
The Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Target Center.
The Seattle Storm look for another victory after winning 13 of their last 16 games. The Seattle Storm are averaging 87.6 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 80.4 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Breanna Stewart is averaging 22.2 points and 8.1 rebounds while Jewell Loyd is averaging 16.2 points and 3.6 assists. Natasha Howard is the third double-digit scorer and Sue Bird is dishing 7.3 assists. The Seattle Storm are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.5 percent from the free throw line. The Seattle Storm are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.9 rebounds per game. The Seattle Storm have won six of their last eight road games.
The Minnesota Lynx look for a statement victory here after splitting their last 12 games. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 78.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 77 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Maya Moore is averaging 18.4 points and 2.5 assists while Sylvia Fowles is averaging 16.8 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 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Lynx are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.1 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Lynx have split their last six home games.
The Storm are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games, 12-5-2 ATS in their last 19 Sunday games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Lynx are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Storm are 6-15 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Minnesota.
We've backed the Seattle Storm a ton this season, but they could be taking their foot off the gas a bit with the playoffs around the corner. The Minnesota Lynx are a veteran team that knows it needs to pile up the wins now to better their playoff seeding. Even with the Lynx banged up, they're a dangerous squad capable of beating the breaks off any team in the league. The Lynx have won seven of the last nine meetings against the Storm, and they're coming two of their better performances of the season. I'm siding with the Lynx in this toss-up game.