The Minnesota Lynx return to the postseason once again after missing it last season, and their reward is a first-round meeting with last year’s runner-up in the Connecticut Sun. The two will kick off their postseasons with a clash Wednesday, and though both will be wanting to open the series strong, WNBA odds have the Sun as a heavy favorite at home.
Lynx Stumble to Finish
Minnesota enters the postseason after falling its way to the end of the regular-season, losing four of its last six games and allowing an average of 86.1 points during that span.
Minnesota’s two wins in that time were because of it finding ways to score, as it averaged 88.5 points in that time behind Napheesa Collier’s 24.5 points per game.
Sun Ready to Bounce Back
Although Connecticut lost its final regular-season game as well, its offense remained strong to close out the season.
The Sun won four of its final six games, averaging 80.3 points in that time, with their 58 in their loss to the Liberty dragging the number down.
Connecticut has been led by DeWanna Bonner, who has averaged 17.4 points this season. Alyssa Thomas has been key as well, averaging 15.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and 7.9 assists.
Alyssa Thomas just had one of the best WNBA regular seasons of all time 🔥 @ConnecticutSun
◽️ WNBA record 6 triple-doubles
◽️ WNBA record 28 double-doubles
◽️ WNBA record 317 assists
◽️ 1st player to lead league in AST & REB
◽️ 1st player with a 20-20-10 game
◽️ 1st player with… pic.twitter.com/dYxNpc9sng
— The Sporting News (@sportingnews) September 11, 2023
The Sun are fourth in the WNBA with 82.7 points a game on 44.5% shooting, and they should be a solid WNBA pick to have another strong game to kick off the postseason.
Lynx vs Sun Best Bet
With the sportsbook favoring Connecticut so heavily at home, where it is 13-7 this season, betting on the money line isn’t a worthy pick. Instead, bettors should take a look at the total from WNBA lines, which is set at 159.5.
The Sun’s strong offense should have no trouble scoring on a Lynx defense that has struggled to close out the regular season. Despite Minnesota falling in their latest games, in a higher-stakes game, its offense will aim to keep it closer and should be able score some as well behind the WNBA’s fourth-leading scorer in Collier.
Pick: Over 159.5 points (-110)
Lynx vs Sun Game Information
- Game: Lynx (19-21) vs Sun (27-13)
- Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.
- Day/Time: Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET
- Lynx vs Sun Live Stream: WNBA.com