Two teams from opposing conferences that are already qualified in the upcoming playoffs are clashing today, when the defending champions Minnesota Lynx (17-16), looking to end a losing streak and close the season with a victory, are hosting the Washington Mystics (21-11), who are red-hot having won their last seven games.
Date/Time: 08-19-2018 19:00 EDT
Spread: Minnesota Lynx +1
Minnesota Lynx have a 17-16 record (12-21 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in third to last place of the West. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Connecticut Sun with a 79-96 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Maya Moore with 18.1 ppg, adding 5.2 boards per game. She is followed by Sylvia Fowles with 17.5 ppg and a team high 11.8 boards per game, while Seimone Augustus adds 10.8 ppg.
Washington Mystics have a 21-11 record (18-13-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the second place of the Eastern Conference. They have won eight of their last nine matches and in their last game they won at home against the Los Angeles Sparks with a 69-67 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Elena Delle Donne with 21 ppg, adding a team high 7.3 boards per game. She is followed by Kristi Toliver with 13.8 ppg and a team high 4.4 dimes per game, while Ariel Atkins adds 11.4 ppg.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team has won once (Washington at home by 12 points and Minnesota on the road by 8). Minnesota are 8-8 at home this season, while Washington are 10-6 on the road. Washington are better offensively, scoring 84.6 ppg to Minnesota’s third-worse of 78.7, while Minnesota have the second-best defense, allowing 78.1 ppg to Washington’s 81.2. Both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (44.7% and 44.6%), while Washington have a better 3-point percentage (35.9% to 34.3%). Minnesota are better both in rebounding (35.5 to 32.8) and in assists made (19.5 to 17.8), while Washington are better in turnovers committed (12.3 to 14.2). Washington are coming in this game hot and need this win in order to reach Atlanta in the first place of the East. Vegas odds give them a -1 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road victory.
Washington Mystics vs Minnesota Lynx Prediction: Washington Mystics -1 (-111)
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