LAS vs MIN Dream11: The WNBA has been steadily heading towards the Playoffs and we have seen some intense battles throughout the Regular Season. We still don’t know whether some of the teams will make it to the Postseason and two of those teams Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx will clash here.
The Sparks have had a wild ride this season. They revamped the roster in the offseason but still are not sure of making the Playoffs, currently with 12 wins and 16 losses. They are still in the Playoffs hunt but an 80:90 loss to the Mercury hurt their chances.
On the other hand, the Minnesota Lynx have been boosted since the third week of June but they have once again lost the plot. They somehow kept their hopes alive defeating the Dream 92:85 as Aerial Powers banked in 25 points.
These two have met twice and both were close battles and in the last match-up between the two, the Sparks defeated the Lynx 85-83.
Home: Los Angeles Sparks
Visitors: Minnesota Lynx
Match Timing: 1 August, @ 04:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: crypto.com Arena
The Sparks need a big run to end the season
The Sparks are in need for a big push to cap the season off so that their chances of entering the Playoffs improve on a big rate. LA Sparks have had a wild rise. The exit of Liz Cambage punctuates the type of season they have had and things may not be alright in the locker. A below 50% win season can create such problems.
Nneka Ogwumike has been the major source on the offensive end and the Sparks have received huge help from her scoring-wise. But that’s it, the team has no other reliable scorer and even Nneka’s production has been off as of late. Chennedy Carter has made a case for bigger role but the three ball is off unless Katie Lou-Samuelson makes something happen. The defense can be flat out awful at times.
The Lynx has had a big struggle this season. They did a great job in the middle to recover from a 3 wins and 13 losses start but then they have fallen into same old habits. Forcing the issue on the offensive end and giving up big offensive runs, like they are one of the worst defenses at times. They have done well to maintain a distance from the Fever that are in the last position but the Playoffs hopes look slim at this point.
Aerial Powers led the recovering in the middle on the scoring end but Sylvia Fowles remains as important as she grabs big boards and supplies inside offense and defense. There are a lot of issues with the Lynx apart from these two and they lack the depth to make a deep Playoffs run. That is why a five-six game winning streak looks unlikely.
Highest scorer: Aerial Powers: 20
Highest rebounder: Sylvia Fowles: 11
Top assists maker: Aerial Powers: 7
Score Prediction: Sparks 89 Lynx 80
Los Angeles Sparks Teams News:
Sparks Expected Starting Five
Isolation Forward: PF: Nneka Ogwumike
Scrapper: C: Chiney Ogwumike
Stretch-Three: SF: Katie Lou-Samuelson
Sharpshooter: SG: Kristi Tolliver
Athletic Guard: G: Brittney Sykes
BENCH: Jordin Canada, Chennedy Carter, Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Lexie Brown.
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, Natalie Achonwa, Rachel Banham , Nikolina Milic, Lindsey Allen.
Power’s scoring has been impressive and she has done her job more often than not, providing great services overall. I believe she will be in 18-25 points and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-42
Forward Nneka can be a huge presence on the scoring end and has been the main option. I believe she will be in 16-22 points and 6-10 rebounds range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Prediction scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-50
Fowles missed the last game and when she plays, she is able to dominate the scene through her fantastic inside scoring, rebounding, and defense. I believe she will be in 14-20 points, 8-12 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-34
Guard Brittney is good at picking lanes and nabbing steals while she has great chops as an all-around player. I believe she will be in 9-13 points and 4-6 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
Ogwumike is a superb inside player who can get strong on boards while also finishing in the paint. I believe she will be in 8-14 points, 7-10 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31
PG: K McBride, C Carter
SG: A Powers(SP)
SF: B Carleton
PF: N Ogwumike(PP)
C: C Ogwumike, S Fowles, O Nelson-Ododa
PG: K McBride, C Carter
SG: A Powers(SP), K Tolliver
SF: N Achonwa
PF: J Shepard
C: C Ogwumike, S Fowles(PP)
Sylvia Fowles taking on Nneka Ogwumike, isn’t that a brilliant 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.