WNBA Free Picks: Seattle Storm vs. Minnesota Lynx

Steven Suarez

Friday, July 3, 2015 12:52 PM UTC

Friday, Jul. 3, 2015 12:52 PM UTC

The Lynx have already beaten the Storm twice this season and should have little trouble making it three out of three tonight. We've broken down the WNBA odds further inside.

Odds Overview
The NBA odds are overwhelmingly in Minnesota's favor for tonight. The Lynx are laying 12.5 points at a lot of the top sportsbooks, but some sites, like BetOnline, even have a line of 13 out there for the taking (if you think the Storm are the play and want the best possible number).

The O/U for this evening's game is trading at 145.5 points as of now, which isn't too surprising considering Minnesota has been the league's best defensive team so far this season.


Minnesota Lynx
It looks like a fifth straight dominant season is in the cards for the Lynx. One year after going 25-9 and losing in the conference finals, Minnesota is right back at it again in 2015. They've gone 7-2 through their first nine games of the season and will be searching for a third straight win when they host the Storm tonight.

The Lynx have had almost an entire week to rest up and prepare for this encounter, with their latest win coming last Saturday against the Mercury. Even though Brittney Griner returned for Phoenix, Minnesota played suffocating defense, holding the Mercury to just 56 points on 33.3 percent shooting. Offensively, it was no surprise to see Maya Moore get things going offensively; she finished with 21 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals. Lindsay Whalen had a 21/4/3 line herself, while Rebekkah Brunson had a big double-double (14 points and 13 rebounds to go with three steals and three blocks) in the victory.

It's been no surprise to see Minnesota get off to another fast start, as they've locked in defensively (allowing a league-low 69 points per game) and are getting balanced offensive production; four different members of the Lynx are averaging in double figures this season.

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Seattle Storm
While the Lynx are on top of the Western Conference, the Storm find themselves languishing near the bottom, as they've won just three of their first 10 games in 2015. They've already faced off twice with this Minnesota team and lost both times, with one of those defeats coming by a whopping 24 points.

Nonetheless, Seattle was able to earn a victory in the team's latest game. The Storm overcame Tulsa 74-69 to notch the win at home, with Sue Bird coming through with 17 points, four rebounds and three assists. Crystal Langhorne, Jenne O'Hea, Ramu Tokashiki and Jewell Loyd all scored in double figures as well.

It's been a struggle offensively for the Storm though this season, as they're averaging a mere 69.8 points per contest. Langhorne and Bird are the only members of the squad averaging in double figures through the first 10 games, which is a troubling sign ahead of a third meeting with the dominant Lynx.


With how strong the Lynx have been performing, it's hard not to back them, even in the face of this dauntingly large spread.

Truth is, Minnesota should once again be able to pull away in this one, as the Storm haven't really been excelling in any department this season, ranking 11th in points scored per game and seventh in points allowed. Meanwhile, the Lynx have been terrific defensively and have the likes of Moore, Whalen, Brunson and Seimone Augustus to call on on the other end of the floor.

We simply feel the Lynx are the vastly superior team and that they'll prove it this evening. Some may be a little hesitant to take on so much chalk, but we're expecting another comfortable win for the well-rested Western Conference leaders. Back Minnesota with your WNBA picks.

WNBA Pick: Minnesota Lynx -13 at BetOnline

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