NYL vs MIN Dream11: The early parts of the WNBA season have been gifting us with wonderful battles. Now, we are almost 1/3 into the Regular Season and there is no doubt that some teams have established a great rhythm, and most of them have been the usual ones. Meanwhile, some teams have struggled a lot. And two of those teams the New York Liberty and the Minnesota Lynx will clash here.
The Liberty has had a terrible start to the season, winning just three out of their eight games, and having two wins and four losses record at home. On the other hand, the Minnesota Lynx has an identical record and is struggling without their star player Napheesa Collier. However, in the last game, they bounced back a bit and defeated the Liberty 84:77 as Aerial Powers had her season-high 27 points. Sabrina Ionescu’s 31 points night was in vain and she needs more help. Will she be able to get it as the Liberty look to exact revenge?
Host: New York Liberty
Visitors: Minnesota Lynx
Match Timing: 8 June, @ 05:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Barclays Center
Can Liberty respond?
Liberty has been over-reliant upon Sabrina Ionescu. She did have 31 points in another sensational effort while Natasha Howard backed her up well with a 9/15 shooting night. But the rest of the team only accounted for 26 points with no other player reaching double-figures. Rebecca Allen will need to do much better as she shot just 1/7 and the team had a terrible 4/30 three-point shooting outing, which sums up their season. Liberty may need to change their rotations and perhaps give more minutes to Xu Han.
The Lynx has had a terrible time too in terms of shooting the ball and Aerial Powers has struggled for most parts. However, in the last game, she made it up with a 27 points effort. Fowles continues to be a brilliant rebounder and scorer but the injury to Moriah Jefferson hurts the team. The bench had just 4 points which has been the constant theme. Kayla McBride had 18 points and since her return, the Lynx has had 3 wins and four losses. The Lynx needs more from Jessica Shepard on the offensive end.
Highest scorer: Sabrina Ionescu: 26
Highest rebounder: Sylvia Fowles: 11
Top assists maker: Sabrina Ionescu: 8
Score Prediction: Liberty 82 Lynx 75
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
Sharpshooting Guard: SG: Rachel Banham
BENCH: Bridget Carleton, Kamiah Smalls, Aerial Powers, Nikolina Milic, Elissa Cunane.
New York Liberty Teams News:
Liberty Expected Starting Five
Athletic Forward: PF: Natasha Forward
Inside Presence: C: Stefanie Dolson
Expert Ball-Handler Guard: G: Crystal Dangerfield
Sharpshooting Guard: SG: Rebecca Allen
Leading All-Around Ball-Handler: PG: Sabrina Ionescu
BENCH: Sam Whitcomb, Lorela Cubaj, Michaela Onyenwera, Ad Durr, Xu Han.
Sabrina is one of the best deep-range shooters with the ability to knock them down from as far as 30+ feet, but she has been burdened with too much offensive responsibility. I expect a 20-27 points, 5-8 assists, and 3-5 rebounds range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-52
Even in her last season, Fowles remains an incredible inside scorer, rebounder, and still a serviceable defender. I expect the impressive Center to be in 15-21 points, 8-14 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 29-39
Natasha has been inefficient at times but had a strong 66% night, however, her three-point shot was off. The two-way Forward can be in 13-18 points, 6-9 rebounds, and 1-2 steals/blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-42
McBride made five of her five shots in the lat game and she is one of the best isolation scorers with a ton of experience. I expect her to be in 16-21 points range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-32
Despite some defensive shortcomings, Xu Han has shown she belongs to the league using her long frame and also a decent shooting touch. She can also clamp rebounds and I expect her to be in 10-15 points, 4-8 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks/steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-25
Powers has had troubles this season but made all of her three triples, so her contributions will be vital again. I expect her to be in 13-19 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-36
PG: K McBride, S Ionescu(SP)
SG: R Banham
SF: A Powers
PF: N Howard
C: S Dolson, S Fowles(PP), X Hu
PG: K McBride, S Whitcomb, S Ionescu(PP)
SG: R Allen
SF: A Powers
PF: M Onyenwere
C: S Dolson, S Fowles(SP)
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Can the Liberty get their revenge after losing the plot in the previous, will Ionescu get some help or will Fowles and Powers again rise up? You can watch this game on the WNBA League Pass where both live games and replays are available. To learn the scores, news, and stats, visit the official website of the WNBA.