Last Updated: 2017-09-14
WNBA Playoffs – Washington Mystics at Minnesota Lynx GAME 2
Date/Time: 09-14-2017, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Minnesota Lynx -10.5
In Game 2 of the first semifinal of the 2017 WNBA Playoffs, the top-seeded Minnesota Lynx (27-7) are hosting the sixth-seeded Washington Mystics (20-16), in a best of five series that will determine who will advance to the WNBA Finals to face the winner of the Los Angeles Sparks-Phoenix Mercury matchup.
In game 1 on Tuesday, Minnesota showed no signs of slowing down after a strong season and managed to get an easy home victory with a 101-81 score, taking a 1-0 lead in the series. Lynx torched the Mystics from behind the arc, making 12 of their 17 triples for an amazing 70.6%. They also shot with 59.4% from the field to Mystics’ 44.6% and they held Mystics’ leading scorer in the postseason, Kristi Toliver into just 3 points on 1-7 shooting. Lynx got an 8-point lead in the first quarter (26-18) which went as high as 15 by halftime (53-38) and skyrocketed to 28 by the end of the third (84-56). All Washington could do in the fourth is save face and cut the lead down to 20.
This will be the 5th meeting between those two teams this season, with Minnesota having won all four previous matches. Minnesota are 16-2 at home, while Washington are 8-11 on the road. Minnesota are better both offensively, scoring a third-best 85.4 ppg to Washington’s 81.7, and defensively, allowing a league-best 74.2 ppg to Washington’s 81. They have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with a second-best of 47.8% to Washington’s 41.6% (third-worse), and in 3-pointers, shooting with a second-best 37% to Washington’s 31.7% (third-worse). Lynx are also better in assists, with a second-best 20.6 to Mystics’ 16.5 (second-worse), while Mystics are better in rebounding, grabbing a third-best 36.3 to Lynx’s 35.2, and are better in turnovers committed, with a league-best 12 to Lynx’s 14.3. Minnesota are once again the absolute favorite for the win tonight but Washington will not be as bad for a second straight game and expect a closer game than 11 points. Pick Washington in this one.
Prediction: Washington Mystics +10.5 (-108)
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