Minnesota Lynx (2-5) vs. Washington Mystics (5-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday June 7, 2018, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Mystics +4.5 -- Over/Under: 158.5
LEAGUE PASS, NBCSWA
The Minnesota Lynx and Washington Mystics meet Thursday in WNBA action at the Capital One Arena.
The Minnesota Lynx are getting desperate for a victory that would snap a four-game losing streak. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 76.6 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 79.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Maya Moore is averaging 17.4 points and 1.9 assists while Sylvia Fowles is averaging 16.1 points and 11.9 rebounds. Seimone Augustus is the third double-digit scorer and Rebekkah Brunson is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Minnesota Lynx are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Lynx are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.3 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Lynx have lost three straight road games.
The Washington Mystics could also use a feel good win here after losing three of their last four games. The Washington Mystics are averaging 82.1 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 82 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Kristi Toliver is averaging 14.4 points and 3.3 assists while Elena Delle Donne is averaging 16.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. Ariel Atkins is the third double-digit scorer and Tianna Hawkins is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Washington Mystics are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Mystics are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The Washington Mystics have won three of their last four home games.
The Lynx are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 Thursday games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mystics are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Lynx are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Minnesota Lynx are off to a brutal start to the season and are hard to trust due to a lack of defense. I'm not sure about laying points on the road in their current form. However, the Washington Mystics are banged up, missing three key players, including Delle Donne until further notice. You can't back the Mystics against good teams with them being limited at the moment. This is a spot where the Minnesota Lynx should win rather easily due to the Mystics injuries.