Lynx vs Sparks Prediction WNBA Picks 7/20
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- Jul 20, 2023, 8:46:51 AM
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Minnesota Lynx vs Los Angeles Sparks: Preview and Prediction
The Minnesota Lynx (9-12) are set to host the Los Angeles Sparks (7-13) in what's expected to be an intriguing encounter. Our WNBA predictions at KingPin.pro are backed by in-depth analytics and expert picks.
Los Angeles Sparks: Offense, Defense, and Injuries
The Sparks have had a challenging season, holding a 6-8 record against Western Conference opponents. The Sparks' offensive performance has been average at best, with a 75.8-point average over the last ten games, struggling with a shooting percentage of just 40.5% from the field.
Defensively, the Sparks are giving up an average of 85.0 points per game, which places them seventh in the WNBA. The team, however, has managed to hold opponents to a shooting percentage of 46.2%, which is a glimmer of hope in their defensive tactics.
Unfortunately, the Sparks are facing significant injury problems. With Chiney Ogwumike (foot), Lexie Brown (illness), Nia Clouden (knee), and Katie Lou Samuelson (personal) all ruled out, the Sparks will undoubtedly face hurdles in their offensive and defensive strategies.
Minnesota Lynx: Offense, Defense, and Injuries
The Lynx, just like their opponents, are facing their own troubles this season, albeit with a slightly better record against Western Conference rivals at 7-6. The team's offensive output over the last ten games is slightly higher, with an average of 81.8 points. The shooting percentage from the field stands at 43.3%, which is not far off from their opponents.
On the defensive side, the Lynx have conceded an average of 86.5 points over their last ten games. They'll need to tighten up their defense to contain the Sparks, even with the Sparks' injury woes.
The Lynx are also hampered by injuries with Aerial Powers (ankle), Jessica Shepard (illness), Tiffany Mitchell (wrist), and Natalie Achonwa (personal) unavailable. These absences could limit their scoring potential significantly.
Given the extensive injury lists of both the Sparks and the Lynx, it's reasonable to expect a lower-scoring affair. The absence of key players will certainly impact both teams' offensive firepower, reducing the overall points in the game.
Furthermore, considering the average points scored by each team over the last ten games (Lynx: 81.8, Sparks: 75.8), the combined average is notably lower than the 162-point line. Therefore, our analysis leads us to believe that the under 162 points is the best bet for this encounter.
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Pick: Under 162 points