Middle in the West
This will be the first game after the All-Star break for the Los Angeles Sparks, facing the Minnesota Lynx on the road on Thursday. The teams are in the middle of the Western Conference, technically with decent WNBA odds to make the playoffs, despite losing records. Neither team has been playing great recently, so maybe this matchup can send one trending in the right direction.
Sparks Six Game Losing Streak
Before heading into the break, the Sparks had been struggling. They are on a six-game losing streak, most recently falling 97-78 to the Las Vegas Aces. Over those six games, Los Angeles has the lowest offensive rating and the second-highest defensive rating.
The following is the @LASparks Game Status Report for tomorrow’s matchup versus the Las Vegas Aces:
Karlie Samuelson – AVAILABLE
Dearica Hamby – PROBABLE
Chiney Ogwumike – OUT (foot)
Lexie Brown – OUT (non-covid illness)
Nia Clouden – OUT (knee)
Layshia Clarendon –…
— LA Sparks PR (@LASparksPR) July 12, 2023
However, part of the team’s struggles is out of their control. Injuries have hit the Sparks hard this season. While it is not the only reason that Los Angeles has become a bad team for WNBA picks, it surely has played a factor. Hopefully, the break was enough time to get some players back on the court.
The team’s struggles have not affected Nneka Ogwumike, who is trying to carry them. She was named an All-Star for the eighth time in her career, having a great season, averaging career highs in points and rebounds, 19.8 and 9.6.
Lynx Lose First Game After Break
Overall the Lynx have not been that great this season. They have lost three straight and have a net rating of -7.6, the 10th worst in the league. However, Minnesota still finds itself in third place in the West.
Napheesa Collier 🔥
30+ points in 4 of her last 9 games
35 Points (Career High)
3 Blocks pic.twitter.com/YvHQ0S9Bns
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) July 19, 2023
A big reason that the Lynx are in this position within the West is because of Napheesa Collier. She has been great, averaging 21.9 points per game, the third-highest in the league. That was only increased by her last game, scoring a career-high 35 points against the Atlanta Dream, headlining WNBA news.
Despite the performance from Collier, the Lynx still lost the game to the Dream, 82-73. Besides Kayla McBride, who had 12 points, no one scored more than 10. On top of that, Collier made 13 of the Lynx’s 25 field goals, while no other player had more than five. There needs to be at least some support for Collier if the Lynx wants to shift WNBA lines.
Sparks vs Lynx Game Information
- Game: Sparks (7-13) vs Lynx (9-12)
- Location: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
- Day/Time: Thursday, July 20, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Sparks vs Lynx Live Stream: WNBA.com
Sparks vs Lynx Betting Lines
Sparks vs Lynx Picks and Prediction
The Lynx have already won the first three games against the Sparks this season. All three were played quickly after each other in June, spanning nine days. Each game was relatively close, with margins of less than 10 points, with Collier putting up 26, 25, and 24 points. Based on her last game and how Collier has played against the Sparks, she could be in for another big night, leading to a Lynx win.
The Lynxare listed at -160 in our Vegas WNBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Lynx, you have a chance to win $63. The Sparksare +140, offering a chance to win $140 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Lynxa 61.54% chance to win, with Sparks at 41.67%.