Minnesota Lynx at Seattle Storm
|Date & Time||Wednesday September 11, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
Angel of the Winds Arena
The Line: Seattle Storm -3.5 -- Over/Under: 147
The Minnesota Lynx and Seattle Storm meet Wednesday in the first round of the WNBA playoffs at the Angel of the Winds Arena.
The Minnesota Lynx enter the playoffs winning five of their last six games. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 78.4 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 75.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Odyssey Sims is averaging 14.6 points and 5.5 assists while Sylvia Fowles is averaging 13.7 points and 8.9 rebounds. Napheesa Collier is the third double-digit scorer and Danielle Robinson is dishing 3.8 assists. The Minnesota Lynx are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Lynx are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Lynx have lost seven of their last 10 road games.
The Seattle Storm enter the playoffs splitting their last 12 games. The Seattle Storm are averaging 74.8 points on 42 percent shooting and allowing 75.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Natasha Howard is averaging 17.9 points and 8.2 rebounds while Jewell Loyd is averaging 12.2 points and two assists. Jordin Canada is dishing 5.2 assists and Alysha Clark is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Seattle Storm are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Seattle Storm are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game. The Seattle Storm have won six of their last nine home games.
The Lynx are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss. The Storm are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 2 days rest. The Lynx are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Seattle and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Storm last 7 Wednesday games. The under is 32-12 in Lynx last 44 road games.
The Minnesota Lynx finished the season strong, and that includes winning their last five games by an average of 8.4 points while shooting 48 percent from the field. However, the home team has won seven of the last nine meetings between the Lynx and Storm, and four of those seven wins were won by double digits. The Lynx still lose by an average of 1.9 points on the road, and the Storm play their best ball by far at home where they win by 2.7 points and average 76.1 points as a team. Two teams filled with champions and experience, I'm giving the edge to the Storm at home.