Washington Mystics (22-11) vs. Minnesota Lynx (17-16)
|Date & Time||Sunday August 19, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Lynx -2 -- Over/Under: 160
The Washington Mystics and Minnesota Lynx meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Target Center.
The Washington Mystics look to keep the ball rolling while building on their seven-game winning streak. The Washington Mystics are averaging 85.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 81.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Elena Delle Donne is averaging 21 points and 7.2 rebounds while Kristi Toliver is averaging 13.7 points and 4.5 assists. Ariel Atkins is the third double-digit scorer and LaToya Sanders is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Washington Mystics are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 85.6 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Mystics are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The Washington Mystics have won four straight road games.
The Minnesota Lynx could use a victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 78.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 77.6 points on 44 percent shooting. Maya Moore is averaging 18.3 points and 2.5 assists while Sylvia Fowles is averaging 17.2 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 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Lynx are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Lynx have lost three straight home games.
The Mystics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Lynx are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Mystics are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
We've been burned on the Minnesota Lynx quite a bit this season and the Washington Mystics have been a covering machine as of late. However, the Lynx are too experienced and too talented to head into the playoffs in such poor form. The Lynx know they need a victory here to kind of lift their spirits and create positive vibes for a potential playoff run. The Lynx can't possibly think they can make another title trip losing seven of their last nine. This has a do-or-die feel to it for me. The Lynx have also won eight of the last nine games against the Mystics. I'll lay the bucket.