Though the Sky are at home and have yet to lose a game, they're not favored by much on the WNBA betting odds board. The line is either at a PK or at one point, with Chicago the favorite. Meanwhile, the total has gone down from an opening number of 161 to 160.5.
On the shoulders of Maya Moore, the Lynx have gotten off to a tremendous start this season, this coming after a title-winning campaign in 2013 in which the team went 26-8 while not losing a single game in the playoffs.
After opening with a 89-77 road win over Washington, Minnesota has overcome Connecticut (90-87 in overtime), Tulsa (94-93) and the New York Liberty (87-82) in tough games. They've been the WNBA's most efficient offensive team, scoring 90.0 PPG, but they've been shaky defensively, allowing 84.8 PPG.
In the recent win over the Liberty, Moore hit 11-of-19 shots (including 5-of-8 from three) and finished with 30 points. Lindsay Whalen added 21 points and Seimone Augustus went for 18 as the Lynx shot 46.2 percent overall and 50.0 percent (6-of-12) from beyond the arc.
It was another vintage performance from Moore. After averaging career highs in points (18.5 PPG) and rebounding (6.2 RPG), the fourth-year forward has been absolutely dominating the competition so far in 2014. She's averaging a ridiculous 33.8 PPG and 9.3 RPG.
With Moore playing the way she is and Augustus (20.8 PPG), Whalen (14.8 PPG/5.3 APG/3.8 RPG) and Damiris Dantas (6.5 PPG and 8.5 RPG) all contributing, Minnesota appears locked and loaded for another run at the WNBA title.
The Sky turned everything around in 2013. After finishing no higher than fifth in any of their previous seven seasons, they came out and took care of business in 2014, going 24-10 for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Unfortunately, the playoffs weren't as kind, with Chicago falling in a best-of-three against Indiana in the conference semi-finals.
It looks like the Sky have put that disappointment behind them, as they've come out in 2014 and played some great basketball in the early goings. They've beaten Indiana (74-71), Connecticut (78-68) and Atlanta (87-73) at home and the New York Liberty (79-65) on the road.
Elena Delle Donne has been the go-to player, putting up a stellar average of 23.5 points per game. Courtney Vandersloot has run the point well, averaging 12.3 PPG and 7.8 PPG, while Jessica Breland has done the dirty work inside, hauling down 10.5 rebounds per contest to go along with her 11.3 PPG average.
The balance has been there for Chicago. They're playing great effective basketball on both ends of the court and the results have been there as a result. Let's see how they match up with the defending champions.
As solid as the Sky have looked so far, we simply have to back the Lynx at this underdog price.
This is an experienced team that knows how to get wins on the road. Of course it helps that Moore has been out-of-this-world good this season, with Augustus and Whalen more than pulling their weight as well.
That trio should spur Minnesota on to the victory this afternoon. Even without Rebekkah Brunson, who's out with a knee injury, we think the Lynx have the superior talent in this matchup and will therefore take the Lynx with our sports picks.
Pick: Minnesota Lynx +1