Chicago Sky vs. Minnesota Lynx
May 14, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Lynx +9.5
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The Minnesota Lynx and Chicago Sky face off on Saturday in a WNBA showdown at the Target Center. When these two teams faced off in September 2021 it was the Sky that secured the 89-76 victory.
The Minnesota Lynx have gotten out to a terrible start to the season, and now they are releasing key players. The Lynx currently sit with an 0-3 record, and they have bought out Angel McCoughtry, who was averaging 6.0 points per game. The Lynx also released Odyssey Sims, who was averaging 9.5 points per game. The Lynx have lost to the Seattle Storm, Washington Mystics, and Indiana Fever. In each of the three games, the Lynx gave up at least 78 points. The Lynx are averaging 72 points, while their defense is giving up 85.7 points per game. The offensive rating is 89 while their defense is rating is 105.9 The top player for the Lynx has been Sylvia Fowles, and she is averaging 18.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.0 steals.
On the other side of this matchup is the Chicago Sky, which currently sits with a 1-1 record overall, but they have high expectations for this season. In the first game against the Los Angeles Sparks, the Sky played well, but they were defeated 98-91 in overtime. In the last game against the New York Liberty, the defense was lights out, giving up only 50 points, and that led to the 33 victory. Chicago is averaging 87 points, while their defense is giving up 74 points per game. The offense is ranked 3rd in the WNBA, while their defense is ranked 4th. Dana Evans has been the top player for this team, averaging 19.5 points while shooting 50 percent from the field and 50 percent from deep.
The Lynx defense is an issue, and they are really shorthanded without Sims and McCoughtry. The Lynx gave up 97 points to the Storm in Game 1 and with how good the Sky’s offense is, they will get close to that number here. The Lynx won’t score enough to keep this game close, and Chicago will cover the spread.