Last Updated: 2017-09-16
WNBA Semifinals – Minnesota Lynx at Washington Mystics GAME 3
Date/Time: 09-17-2017, 08:00 EDT
Spread: Washington Mystics +5.5
In Game 3 of the first semifinal of the 2017 WNBA Playoffs, the sixth-seeded Washington Mystics (20-16) are hosting the top-seeded Minnesota Lynx (27-7), 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 2 on Thursday, Minnesota bounced back from a weak first quarter in order to achieve a back-to-back home victory with a 83-93 score that gives them a commanding 2-0 lead in the series before it moves to Washington for Game 3. They now need only one win in the next three games in order to advance to the WNBA Finals for a second straight season. Washington got in the game hard and managed to stun the hosts by getting an early 10-point lead in the first (29-19), but Minnesota managed to bounce back fast and almost evened the game by half (47-45). Minnesota continued their dominance in the whole second half and with a 36-48 score in that span, they gave the guests no chance. Fowles led Lynx with 25 points and 9 rebounds, followed by Moore with 22. For the Mystics, Delle Donne and Toliver had 25 points apiece, but no other player scored double digits.
This will be the 6th meeting between those two teams this season, with Minnesota having won all five previous matches. Washington are 12-6 at home, while Minnesota are 12-5 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. This a do-or-die game of the Mystics in order to avoid being swept. Expect a close game so pick Washington in this one.
Prediction: Washington Mystics +5.5 (-101)
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