CHI vs MIN Dream11: The WNBA is moving into the halfway territory and we have already learned the names of the starters. Regulars like Breanna Stewart, A’ja Wilson, and Nneka Ogwumike have been slated to be in the All-Star Game but the reserves are yet to be announced if we wait for the reserve to be announced. Candace Parker has been also named as an All-Star starter and in this game, her Chicago Sky will take on the Minnesota Lynx.
The Sky has done a wonderful job to begin the season with 12 wins and five losses and has won eight out of their last ten games. In their last match-up, the Sky defeated the Sparks 82:59 as Candace Parker nabbed a 14-rebounds triple-double. On the other hand, the Lynx has won five out of their 18 games, beginning the season on a rather low note. However, contrary to their current season, they won two in a row versus the Mercury. They put on an offensive show in the last game against the Mercury, winning 100:88 as Moriah Jefferson scooped up 21 points. Can the Lynx surprise the Sky?
Host: Chicago Sky
Visitors: Minnesota Lynx
Match Timing: 27 June, @ 03:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Wintrust Arena
Sky is infused with energy
The Sky’s depth looks unmatched at this point. This is a squad full of all-around players that can deal quite a bit of damage in multiple aspects. They are tight-knit on the defensive, knowing when to hedge, when to close out, and when to switch. While on the offensive end, they are blessed with a bunch of awesome passers, probably more than any other team except for the Storm and the Aces.
Messeman, Parker, and Vandersloot are all brilliant all-around presences whereas Kahleah Copper is an isolation threat, Quigley a sharp-shooter in the main five. Rebekah Gardner is one of the most electric players to watch out there whereas Azure Stevens gives further depth to the Forward position.
Lynx’s miserable season but Fowles’ return bolsters squad
The Lynx has been one of the worst offensive teams in the league getting Fowles back surely helps bolsters the screen action, inside scoring, rebounding, and the overall complexion. This is why the Lynx were able to get to 100 points in the last game and this can be a promising sign. However, overall, the depth of the Lynx has been questionable in the absence of Napheesa Collier as she was able to keep the team afloat on both ends.
Highest scorer: Sylvia Fowles: 22
Highest rebounder: Sylvia Fowles: 12
Top assists maker: Candace Parker: 10
Score Prediction: Sky 87 Lynx 78
Chicago Sky News
Sky Expected Starting Five
All-Around Forward: F: Candace Parker
All-Around Forward: F: Emma Messeman
Isolation two-way Guard: SG: Kahleah Copper
Leading Playmaker: PG: Courtney Vandersloot
Sharpshooting Guard: SG: Allie Quigley
BENCH: Azura Stevens, Dana Evans, Rebekah Gardner, Ruthy Hebard, Li Yueru, Jullie Allemand
Minnesota Lynx Teams News:
Lynx Expected Starting Five
Volume-Shooter: SF: Aerial Powers
All-Around Forward: PF: Jessica Shephard
Inside Presence: C: Sylvia Fowles
Isolation Scorer: SG: Kayla McBride
Ball-Handling Guard: PG: Moriah Jefferson
BENCH: Bridget Carleton, Kamiah Smalls, Rachel Banham , Nikolina Milic, Elissa Cunane.
Aerial’s scoring has been a bit off the mark lately but she has done a great job in terms of being an all-around presence. I believe she will be in 12-18 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-42
Forward Candace has been an all-around threat, already having compiled two triple-doubles. I believe she will be in 14-21 points, 10-13 rebounds, and 7-10 assists range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Prediction scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-50
Center Fowles is one of the best inside players to play the game and her ability to set screens, notch rebounds, and play quality defense is amazing. I believe she will be in 14-20 points and 8-12 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-34
Forward Emma has been impeccable throughout the season and her shot-selection is usually on-point. I believe she will be in 14-19 points, 7-11 rebounds, and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-32
Guard Jefferson has been a huge factor both as a scorer and playmaker while also giving great dribbling. I believe she will be in 14-19 points, 4-7 assists and 1-2 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-34
Guard Vandersloot is now less burdened with ball-handling duties but she has done a great job of attempting more shots as a result of open looks. I believe she will be in 13-19 points and 4-8 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31
PG: K McBride
SG: R Banham
SF: N Achonwa, E Messeman
PF: C Parker(SP), D Dantas
C: A Stevens, S Fowles(PP)
PG: M Jefferson, R Gardner
SG: A Powers(PP)
SF: B Carleton, E Messeman
PF: C Parker(SP), D Dantas
C: A Stevens
Sylvia Fowles taking on Candace Parker, isn’t that a fun battle since the beginning of these two’s careers? You can watch this brilliant battle on the WNBA League Pass, an avenue for all the live games and their replays if you miss the game. To view the highlights, go to the official YouTube channel of the WNBA. To learn the scores, news, and stats, go to the official website of the WNBA.