Lynx vs Sun Prediction WNBA Playoffs Picks 9/20

Lynx vs Sun Prediction WNBA Playoffs Picks 9/20

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WNBA First Round - Game 3: Connecticut Sun vs Minnesota Lynx

The Connecticut Sun (27-13, 14-6 away) are facing the Minnesota Lynx (19-21, 9-11 home) in a series currently tied 1-1. The decisive Game 3 is scheduled for September 20, 2023, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. With the Lynx pulling off a 82-75 win in the last matchup, the stage is set for a riveting conclusion. 

 

Minnesota Lynx: Rising Against the Odds

Regular Season Series

The Lynx lost the regular season series to the Sun 3-1, but they have momentum on their side. The Lynx were able to secure a significant win in Game 2, defying the odds and the skeptics. This shows their capability to adapt and make necessary adjustments.

Key Players

Napheesa Collier has been the standout player for the Lynx, averaging 21.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game with a shooting percentage of 48.5%. Her performance is pivotal in balancing both the offensive and defensive ends of the court for the Lynx.

Home Court Advantage

Playing at the Target Center, the Lynx have a home record of 9-11. Although not overwhelmingly dominant, home court plays a significant role in the playoffs. The familiar environment and fan support could prove crucial in such a decisive game.

 

Connecticut Sun: The Favored

Season's Strength

While the Sun have had an impressive regular season, they showed vulnerability in Game 2. The Sun are coming off a loss, which could psychologically give an edge to the Lynx.

Key Players and Injuries

DeWanna Bonner leads the Sun in points with 17.4 per game and is a crucial part of their offense. However, it’s worth noting that Brionna Jones is out for the season with an Achilles injury, which could affect their game plan.

 

Prediction: 

The Lynx have the momentum after a morale-boosting Game 2 victory. Their adaptability and tactical changes have demonstrated that they can counter the Sun’s strategies, thus increasing their chances to cover the spread.

Napheesa Collier has been in excellent form and is expected to have a strong impact on both ends of the floor. Her presence alone could swing the game in favor of the Lynx, making the +5 points spread achievable.

With the home-court advantage, the Lynx could leverage the crowd’s energy to perform better in clutch situations, thereby increasing their chances of not only winning but also covering the +5 points spread.

Considering the Lynx’s recent form, key player performances, and home-court advantage, there is a strong case for them not only winning but also covering the +5 points spread in Game 3.

 

Pick: Lynx +5 -110

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