In a rematch of last 2 seasons’ WNBA Finals, the defending champions Minnesota Lynx, are hosting their rivals Los Angeles Sparks after winning the championship last season in an exciting 5-game series that they won with 3-2 wins. Those two teams had almost identical records last season and sat on the first and second place of the Western Conference and of the whole WNBA. WNBA Los Angeles Sparks vs Minnesota Lynx Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 05-20-2017 17:00 EDT
Spread: Minnesota Lynx -5.5
Minnesota Lynx finished last season with the best record in the league, 27-7 (18-14-2 against the spread). In the playoff they eliminated the Mystics in the semifinals by a 3-0 series margin. The Lynx then won the Finals series 3-2 after being down 2-1. They were led in scoring by Sylvia Fowles with 18.9 ppg. Fowles added a team high in both rebounds with 10.4 per game and in blocked shots with 67 total. She was followed by Maya Moore with 17.3 ppg, 5 rebounds and 119 total assists. Teammate Seimone Augustus added 10.9 ppg and a team high 127 total assists.
Los Angeles Sparks finished the regular season with a 26-8 record. LA closed last year with the second best mark in the West. As well, with the second best record in the league overall. In the playoffs they eliminated Phoenix Mercury in the semifinals with 3-0 wins and then they got defeated in the Finals 3-2 wins by the Lynx. They were led in scoring by Nneka Ogwumike with 18.8 ppg, adding 7.7 rebounds per game. She was followed by Candace Parker with 16.9 ppg, a total of 141 assists and team highs in rebounds with 8.4 and blocked shots (55). Chelsea Gray added 14.8 ppg.
Both teams were tied 4-4 wins last season and Lynx were 3-2 wins in Minnesota. Minnesota had a 19-3 home record last season, while Los Angeles were 12-9 on the road. Minnesota were better both offensively, scoring a third-best of 85.3 ppg to Los Angeles’ 83.5, and defensively, allowing a league-best 74.2 ppg, while Los Angeles followed second with 75.2. Those two teams had the best field goal percentage last season, with Spark leading with 47.9% and Lynx closely second with 47.8%.
Team Lynx had the second-best 3-point percentage, shooting with 37% to Sparks’ 34.1%. Lynx were second-best in assists made, with 20.5 ppg to Sparks’ 18.6, and were better in rebounding, grabbing 35.2 to Sparks’ third-worse of 31.4, while Sparks committed fewer turnovers (13.3 to 14.2). Lynx are looking to start where they left off last season and Vegas odds give them a -5.5 spread and expect them to beat those odds for the home victory.
Los Angeles Sparks vs Minnesota Lynx Prediction: Minnesota Lynx -5.5 (-110)
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