The Lynx will be searching for their fourth straight win when they travel to the Windy City to do battle with the Sky. Which WNBA picks are we taking to the books tonight?
This should be a great game featuring two strong teams, but it's the Lynx that are considered favorites despite the fact they'll be the road team this evening. Current WNBA odds show Minnesota laying 2.5 points at all of the major sportsbooks, which includes sites like 5Dimes and BetOnline.
We should offense take over in this one, which explains the high total of 156.5 points. These two squads are both ranked in the top five in the WNBA in terms of scoring.
It's been a while since the Sky have taken the court, as they last played eight days ago in a narrow win over Connecticut. That victory helped Chicago avoid a third straight loss and moved the team to 6-5 for the season, good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Sky needed a big fourth quarter to escape with the win over the Sun. They out-scored the hosts 19-9 in the final quarter to win by three, with the team shooting 46.8 percent from the floor overall and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc. Elena Delle Donne didn't have her typically dominant scoring performance, though, as she finished with only 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting. That being sad, she still grabbed 10 rebounds to go with three steals, so she managed to have an impact regardless. Allie Quigley, Courtney Vandersloot and Jessica Breland all scored in double figures in the win too.
It's been an interesting season for Chicago so far; this is a team that's ranked first in the WNBA in terms of offensive production, yet they're dead last defensively. The Sky don't mind getting into shootouts, but they may have found their match in Minnesota here tonight.
So far so good for the Lynx, who have won eight of their first 10 games so far this season. They're riding a three-game winning streak ahead of tonight's visit to Chicago, and they're currently occupying the top spot in the conference, a half game up on the Tulsa Shock.
Minnesota has also had more than enough time to rest up and prepare for this game, as it's been a full week since their last taste of action, which was a dominant 82-57 win over Seattle. The Lynx didn't have the best of first halfs, but really turned on the style after the break, outscoring the Storm 48-24. Maya Moore set the tone once again, scoring 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting while adding 11 rebounds and a couple of assists to boot.
Moore hasn't been the only productive member of Minnesota's team, however. Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson are all averaging in double figures as well, and this is a team that's done its best work on the defensive end; that's the main reason why the Lynx have been so successful this season
We are big fans of this Lynx team, and we know what they're capable of when fully healthy and in their groove. Ranked fifth in points scored per game and first in points allowed per game, there's been a great balance to Minnesota so far this season.
That's why the Lynx are on the hunt for their fourth straight win, a win that would put them at 9-2 for the year and keep them atop the Western Conference standings, a spot they've become very familiar with over the years.
Yes, the Sky are a scrappy bunch and they're going to be competitive in this matchup, with Delle Donne leading the charge, but ultimately we think Moore and company will prove to be too much to handle. As a result, we're adding Minnesota to our collection of WNBA picks for Friday night.
WNBA Pick: Minnesota Lynx -2.5 at 5Dimes