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.

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Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Minnesota18-1612-21-178.9478.260.679999999999995-127-9-112-229-83-14
Los Angeles19-1515-17-278.9177.001.917-9-18-8-114-203-1411-6

Power Stats

Assists Turnovers
NameAssistsTurnoversRatio
MIN19.5613.621.44
LOS18.3510.941.68
Rebounding
NameOffenseDefenseTotal
MIN8.9426.3235.26
LOS7.2424.0931.33
ShootingPercentage
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
MIN45.1044.530.57
LOS45.2445.010.23

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals
Minnesota4-63-73-773.5036.3045.9436.4043/1246.50
Los Angeles6-47-33-775.6036.0044.5629.2046/1749.50

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals
Aug 2, 2018MIN57LOS79-3LOS153.5ULOSMINLOS29404149.235301/108/1657
Jul 5, 2018LOS72MIN83-3.5MIN154OMINMINMIN353842.451.827336/208/1373
Jun 3, 2018MIN69LOS77-6LOS158ULOSMINMIN384047.351.631255/143/1356
May 20, 2018LOS77MIN76-7LOS154.5UMINMINPush323840.349.125413/183/7144
Oct 4, 2017LOS76MIN85-4.5MIN153.5OLOSMINPush354145.344.929462/182/10149
Oct 1, 2017MIN80LOS69-2.5MIN152UMINMINPush433142.440.648285/125/22813
Sep 29, 2017MIN64LOS75-3LOS154.5ULOSLOSMIN263240.342.927347/205/171111
Sep 26, 2017LOS68MIN70-6.5LOS158.5UMINMINLOS264538.744.429363/121/669
Sep 24, 2017LOS85MIN84-5.5LOS157OMINMINLOS433347.85034357/205/1466
Aug 27, 2017MIN67LOS78-2.5LOS155.5UMINMINMIN324649.24732316/184/18511

WNBA Betting Odds and Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Minn Lynx

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Aug 19, 2018WAS88-83W1.5158W/O57.3892.316H
Aug 17, 2018CON79-96L5.5161L/O49.30100.003A
Aug 14, 2018CHI88-91L-9.5163.5L/O46.4863.1610H
Aug 12, 2018SEA72-81L3163.5L/U41.33100.006H
Aug 9, 2018LAV89-73W1.5168W/U50.0069.238A

Los Angeles Sparks

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Aug 19, 2018CON86-89L5161W/O39.4786.367A
Ag 17, 2018WAS67-69L4158.5W/U37.31100.006A
Aug 14, 2018NY74-66W-13.5154L/U36.7185.714H
Ag 12, 2018PHO78-86L-3162L/O42.0373.339A
Aug 9, 2018ATL73-79L-1.5155L/U42.0364.296A

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