Minnesota Lynx vs. Los Angeles Sparks - 9/29/17 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Sparks vs. Lynx
WNBA Basketball: Friday September 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Sparks -3.5 -- Over/Under: 156 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks meet in game two of the WNBA Finals Friday at the Staples Center on ESPN2.
The Minnesota Lynx hope to take a 2-1 series lead while stealing back home court advantage with a victory. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 85.8 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 74.8 points on 42.5 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 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Lynx are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.1 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Lynx have split their last eight road games.
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The Los Angeles Sparks will put themselves one victory away from back-to-back WNBA titles with a victory here. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 83.7 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 75.4 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 18.8 points and 7.7 rebounds while Candace Parker is averaging 16.9 points and 4.3 assists. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Odyssey Sims is dishing 3.5 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 82.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won nine straight home games.
The Lynx are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 Friday games. The Sparks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference, 12-2 ATS in their last 14 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest. The Lynx are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 22-7 in Sparks last 29 overall and the under is 6-1 in Lynx last 7 road games.
The Sparks have beaten the Lynx in four of the last six meetings and could easily have a 2-0 series lead. Despite Minnesota having a 19-point halftime lead in game 2 and looking to earn an easy cover, the game came down to the final minute where the Sparks turned the ball over multiple times and blew a chance to steal another one. Either way, the Sparks have shown they're probably the better team in this series and have more than enough firepower to get the job done. At home, where the Sparks are outscoring teams by 12 points, you have to eat this small line.