Last Updated: 2017-09-26
WNBA Finals – Los Angeles Sparks at Minnesota Lynx GAME 2
Date/Time: 09-26-2017, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Minnesota Lynx -6
In Game 2 of the 2017 WNBA Finals the top-seeded Minnesota Lynx (27-7) are hosting once again the second-seeded and defending champions Los Angeles Sparks (26-8) in a rematch of a thrilling game that lived up to the hype that both squads built up all season long.
In Game 1 on Sunday, the defending champions blew a huge first quarter lead but eventually managed to win a thrilling game on the road with an 85-84 score, getting the 1-0 lead in the finals. Sparks shocked the team with the best record in the league by opening the game with 12 unanswered points and skyrocketing the lead to 26 later in the first quarter (28-2). Lynx did not look like a team that have been to six finals in the last seven seasons but that changed quickly in the second quarter when they held Sparks into just 11 points, cutting the lead down to 10 by halftime (43-33). Both teams went hand in hand in the third until Lynx pushed back in the fourth and almost stole the game if it wasn’t for Gray’s buzzer beater that gave Sparks the win. Gray had a team high 27 points for Sparks who saw all five starters in double digit scoring. For Lynx, Moore had 27 and Fowles double doubled with 22 and 13 boards.
This will be the 5th meeting between those two teams this season, with Los Angeles leading 3-1 wins, including two wins on the road. Minnesota are 17-3 at home, while Los Angeles are 12-7 on the road. Minnesota are better both offensively, scoring a league third-best 85.4 ppg to Los Angeles’ 83.5, and defensively, allowing a league-best 74.2 ppg to Los Angeles’ second-best of 75.2. Los Angeles have a slightly better field goal percentage, shooting with a league-best 48% to Minnesota’s 47.8% (second-best), while Minnesota have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with a second-best 37% to Los Angeles’ 34.2%. Lynx lead the league in assists made, with 20.4 ppg to Sparks’ 18.6, and are better in rebounding, grabbing 35.4 to Sparks’ third-worse of 31.1. Sparks commit less turnovers (13.3 to 14.3). Expect another extremely close game tonight, so pick Los Angeles in this one.
Prediction: Los Angeles Sparks +6 (-111)
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