SEA vs MIN Dream11: WNBA has been heading towards the Playoffs at an electric rate and there is no doubt that we are in a crucial window where teams fight for any Playoff spot available. Five of the teams have booked their place and one of those teams Seattle Storm will take on the Minnesota Lynx.
The Storm has been a bit wayward lately and although they remain one of the premium teams, they should have done better than a 19 wins and 12 losses record. They come into this game after a close loss against the Mystics, losing 75-78 despite a 23 points performance by Breanna Stewart.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Lynx has had a tough season although they have won 12 games and lost 19 games, the record is much better than earlier in the season. In their last game, they defeated the Sparks 84:77 as Moriah Jefferson drilled 22 points .
The Lynx last met the Storm way back in early May during their season opener. They lost that game by 20+ points.
Host: Seattle Storm
Visitors: Minnesota Lynx
Match Timing: 4 August, @ 07:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Climate Pledge Arena
Storm’s defense is incredible
While the Storm has built an incredible defense both in terms of perimeter and paint but their offense has been off for most parts. The Storm has been struggling to push the pace and has been second worst in that regard. Breanna Stewart has carried the major load while Center Tina Charles has had her moments. Jewell Loyd’s shooting can be off at times while Sue Bird continues to have a major impact. The bench play hasn’t helped the offensive case.
Lynx’s improved play may not be enough
While the Lynx have won nine and lost just six games since the third week of June, which means that they have improved a lot but it has been a tricky terrain as they still need a big push to close in towards the Playoffs. They have received immense contributions from Moriah and Powers while Fowles continues to do her thing inside. However, it seems like this is the end of the road for the Lynx that are in need to win all games, will they be able to do it?
Highest scorer: Breanna Stewart: 26
Highest rebounder: Sylvia Fowles: 10
Top assists maker: Sue Bird: 8
Score Prediction: Storm 84 Lynx 74
Seattle Storm News
Storm Expected Starting Five
All-Around Scoring Forward: PF: Breanna Stewart
Defensive Wing: SF: Gabby Williams
Rebounding and Inside Specialist: C: Tina Charles
Scoring Guard: SG: Jewell Loyd
Veteran Playmaker: PG: Sue Bird
BENCH: Ezi Magbebor, Ephiphany Prince, Briann January, Stephenie Talbot, Jantel Lavender.
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.
Aerial has done a great job as a scorer and she has also provided great stability in other major areas. I believe she will be in 15-22 points, 4-6 assists, and 1-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-41
Forward Stewart continues to be a huge scorer and she has continued to be an MVP-level candidate for the Storm. I believe she will be in 20-27 points and 8-11 rebounds range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-50
Guard Moriah is an incredible Guard who has shown the ability to adopt both as a scorer and playmaker. I believe she will be in 16-22 points and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-34
Guard Loyd’s shooting has been off at times but she is an incredible defender and still can do her bit as an offensive threat. I believe she will be in 14-19 points and 3-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-37
Center Fowles has done her job as an inside scorer, rim-protector, and rebounder, a part of her parcel for more than a decade. I believe she will be in 13-18 points, 9-13 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-40
Center Tina has done her bit as the new member of Storm but somehow keeps finding losing situations. I believe she will be in 13-19 points and 6-10 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-28
PG: M Jefferson, S Bird
SG: R Banham
SF: G Williams, B Carleton, N Achonwa
PF: D Dantas, B Stewart(SP)
C: S Fowles(PP)
PG: K McBride, S Bird
SG: R Banham, A Powers(PP)
SF: B Carleton, S Talbot
PF: B Stewart(SP)
C: S Fowles
How will Stewart respond when Aerial Powers try to once again carry Lynx’s hopes? You can catch this brilliant battle on the WNBA League Pass, a place for all the live games and their replays if you can’t catch the game. To view the highlights, go to the official YouTube channel of the WNBA. To know the scores, news, and stats, go to the official website of the WNBA.