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Washington Mystics vs. Minnesota Lynx - 9/14/17 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Lynx vs. Mystics

WNBA Basketball: Thursday September 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Williams Arena)

The Line: Lynx -10.5 -- Over/Under: 163.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Washington Mystics and Minnesota Lynx meet Thursday in game two of the WNBA playoffs at the Williams Arena on ESPN2.

The Washington Mystics hope to tie up this series before heading back home for game three on Sunday. The Washington Mystics are averaging 81.9 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 80.5 points on 43 percent shooting. Elena Delle Donne is averaging 19.7 points and 6.8 rebounds while Emma Meesseman is averaging 14.1 points and 2.8 assists. Kristi Toliver is the third double-digit scorer and Ivory Latta is dishing 1.7 assists. The Washington Mystics are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 83.7 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Mystics are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.8 rebounds per game. The Washington Mystics have lost six their last 11 road games. 

Washington Mystics vs. Minnesota Lynx - 9/14/17 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Lynx hope to take a comfortable 2-0 series lead and inch closer to another WNBA Final appearance. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 85.4 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 74.2 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Sylvia Fowles is averaging 18.9 points and 10.4 rebounds while Maya Moore is averaging 17.3 points and 3.5 assists. Seimone Augustus is the third double-digit scorer and Rebekkah Brunson is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Minnesota Lynx are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Lynx are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.2 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Lynx have won five straight home games.

The Mystics are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Lynx are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 15-6 ATS in their last 21 Thursday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota.

The spread is getting a little too high for my taste in a playoff game, so I'm going to side with the over on this total. There have been a lot of high scoring games between these two teams and Minnesota is coming off a game in which it made 12 threes and shot nearly 60 percent from the field. These two squads got whatever they want offensively and that's likely to continue as they get more comfortable with one another. I'll take the over in another offensive performance.

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