Minnesota Lynx vs. Seattle Storm
August 3, 2022 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Storm -6
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The Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx face off on Wednesday in a WNBA showdown at Climate Pledge Arena. When these two teams faced off on June 14th it was the Storm that secured the 81-79 victory.
The Storm sits with a 19-12 record overall, but they are coming off a very disappointing loss in the last game. The offense only managed 75 points against the Washington Mystics, and they lost by three points. The Storm are averaging 80.4 points, while their defense is giving up 76.7 points per game. The Storm’s offense is ranked 7th in the league, while their defense is ranked second in the WNBA. This is a team that leans on the defense, but at times the offense has really let them down. Breanna Stewart is having quite the season, averaging 21.1 points while shooting 46 percent from the field and 37.6 percent from behind the three-point line. In this game, the Storm needs the offense to be good.
On the other side of this matchup is the Minnesota Lynx, who sit with a 12-19 record overall, and this is a must-win if they want a chance to make the playoffs. In the last game against the Los Angeles Sparks, the Lynx again struggled in the 4th quarter, but they were still able to win 94-77. The Lynx are averaging 83 points per game, while their defense is giving up 83.8 points per game. The Lynx’s offense is ranked 4th in the league, while their defense is ranked 7th in the league. The top player for the Lynx has been Sylvia Fowles, and she is averaging 14.9 points while shooting 63.6 percent from the field. Aerial Powers is averaging 14.3 points while shooting 38.4 percent from the field.
When these two teams faced off in June, the Lynx only lost by two points, and I expect they are going to keep this game close too. The Storm’s offense has been so inconsistent, and I don’t trust them to run up the score here. Look for the Lynx to get close to their average of 83 points, and that will be enough to keep it close. Back the Lynx against the spread.