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WNBA Playoffs: Sparks Host Lynx

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Sparks and Lynx Battle in Single-Elimination 1st Round Game

The Minnesota Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks will meet in the WNBA Playoffs on Tuesday night. They will battle at STAPLES Center in a winner take all first round matchup. They will be the late game on ESPN2, starting at 10:30 pm EST.

The Mercury hosts the Wings at 8:30 to start the action in another single-elimination contest.

Oddsmakers opened the Sparks as -7-point favorites versus the Lynx, while the game’s total opened at 152.5. The line now has the Sparks as 5.5-point favorites. The total is down to 149.

Sparks and Lynx are Familiar Playoff Foes

The top rivalry in the WNBA will write another Playoff chapter. This is a saga that has produced two of the best WNBA Finals in league history. Only this time, the teams won’t square off with the championship on the line. That shouldn’t affect the intensity.

This is the fourth straight postseason that the Sparks and Lynx have met. In 2015 the Lynx defeated the Sparks 2-1 in the opening round in the Western Conference. This was en route to their third WNBA title.

This was also the last year of the Eastern and Western Conferences being used in playoff seeding.

In each of the past two seasons the Lynx and Sparks have finished 1-2 in the standings. This was under the new playoff format.  Each team earned byes to the semifinals. They eventually met in the WNBA Finals.

Past History Says this Game will be Good

In 2016, the Sparks stunned the Lynx on their home floor with a Game 5 victory. This was courtesy of a Nneka Ogwumike game-winner with 3.1 seconds left to win the title for the first time in 14 years.

The next season the teams faced a similar predicament. A winner-take-all Game 5 in Minnesota for the championship. After watching the Sparks celebrate the year before, the Lynx got their revenge behind a huge game from MVP Sylvia Fowles.

A clutch jumper by Maya Moore to thwart a late Sparks run. The Lynx captured their fourth title to join the Houston Comets for the most in league history. It also preventing the Sparks from being the first team to win back-to-back titles since 2002.

Lynx Looking for Title #5

The Lynx look for title No. 5 as the postseason opens. They face a much tougher road than they have in the past. Both teams are experiencing the do-or-die opening two rounds of the playoffs for the first time.

The Lynx they will have to win two road games before having a chance to host a playoff game in the semifinals.

Considering this is a one-game series between these bitter rivals, it should be noted that the Sparks won Game 1 in each of the past two WNBA Finals. And did so in dramatic fashion.

In 2016, Chelsea Gray found Alana Beard in the corner for a game-winning jumper at the buzzer. A year later, Gray called her own number.

The Sparks squandered a 26-point lead and saw the Lynx go up one with 6.5 seconds to play. Gray delivered a game-winning jumper with two seconds left.

Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Minnesota 18-16 12-21-1 78.94 78.26 0.67999999999999 5-12 7-9-1 12-22 9-8 3-14
Los Angeles 19-15 15-17-2 78.91 77.00 1.91 7-9-1 8-8-1 14-20 3-14 11-6

Power Stats

Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
MIN 19.56 13.62 1.44
LOS 18.35 10.94 1.68
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
MIN 8.94 26.32 35.26
LOS 7.24 24.09 31.33
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
MIN 45.10 44.53 0.57
LOS 45.24 45.01 0.23

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Minnesota 4-6 3-7 3-7 73.50 36.30 45.94 36.40 43/124 6.50
Los Angeles 6-4 7-3 3-7 75.60 36.00 44.56 29.20 46/174 9.50

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Aug 2, 2018 MIN 57 LOS 79 -3 LOS 153.5 U LOS MIN LOS 29 40 41 49.2 35 30 1/10 8/16 5 7
Jul 5, 2018 LOS 72 MIN 83 -3.5 MIN 154 O MIN MIN MIN 35 38 42.4 51.8 27 33 6/20 8/13 7 3
Jun 3, 2018 MIN 69 LOS 77 -6 LOS 158 U LOS MIN MIN 38 40 47.3 51.6 31 25 5/14 3/13 5 6
May 20, 2018 LOS 77 MIN 76 -7 LOS 154.5 U MIN MIN Push 32 38 40.3 49.1 25 41 3/18 3/7 14 4
Oct 4, 2017 LOS 76 MIN 85 -4.5 MIN 153.5 O LOS MIN Push 35 41 45.3 44.9 29 46 2/18 2/10 14 9
Oct 1, 2017 MIN 80 LOS 69 -2.5 MIN 152 U MIN MIN Push 43 31 42.4 40.6 48 28 5/12 5/22 8 13
Sep 29, 2017 MIN 64 LOS 75 -3 LOS 154.5 U LOS LOS MIN 26 32 40.3 42.9 27 34 7/20 5/17 11 11
Sep 26, 2017 LOS 68 MIN 70 -6.5 LOS 158.5 U MIN MIN LOS 26 45 38.7 44.4 29 36 3/12 1/6 6 9
Sep 24, 2017 LOS 85 MIN 84 -5.5 LOS 157 O MIN MIN LOS 43 33 47.8 50 34 35 7/20 5/14 6 6
Aug 27, 2017 MIN 67 LOS 78 -2.5 LOS 155.5 U MIN MIN MIN 32 46 49.2 47 32 31 6/18 4/18 5 11

WNBA Betting Odds and Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Minn Lynx

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Aug 19, 2018 WAS 88-83 W 1.5 158 W/O 57.38 92.31 6 H
Aug 17, 2018 CON 79-96 L 5.5 161 L/O 49.30 100.00 3 A
Aug 14, 2018 CHI 88-91 L -9.5 163.5 L/O 46.48 63.16 10 H
Aug 12, 2018 SEA 72-81 L 3 163.5 L/U 41.33 100.00 6 H
Aug 9, 2018 LAV 89-73 W 1.5 168 W/U 50.00 69.23 8 A

Los Angeles Sparks

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Aug 19, 2018 CON 86-89 L 5 161 W/O 39.47 86.36 7 A
Ag 17, 2018 WAS 67-69 L 4 158.5 W/U 37.31 100.00 6 A
Aug 14, 2018 NY 74-66 W -13.5 154 L/U 36.71 85.71 4 H
Ag 12, 2018 PHO 78-86 L -3 162 L/O 42.03 73.33 9 A
Aug 9, 2018 ATL 73-79 L -1.5 155 L/U 42.03 64.29 6 A

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