Minnesota Lynx vs New York Liberty 5/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Minnesota Lynx vs New York Liberty 5/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The New York Liberty are hosting the Minnesota Lynx at the Barclays Center in New York on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 7:00 ET. The Minnesota Lynx had the fourth-best record in the league last year and were qualified straight into the second round, where they eliminated the Phoenix Mercury in an extremely close game with a 79-80 score. They faced the Seattle Storm in the semifinals and they got swept 3-0 wins by the soon-to-be champions. The New York Liberty had the worse record in the WNBA last year but have started the season strong with two victories in their first two matches. 

The Liberty have a 2-0 record so far this season and are sitting on top of the whole league. They are coming off a road victory against the Indiana Fever with a 73-65 score. They held their opponents into just 40% shooting from the field and were led in scoring by Betnijah Laney with 20 points and 4 assists. Sabrina Ionescu added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists but committed an unfortunate 8 turnovers.  

Laney leads the team in scoring with 25 ppg, adding 3.5 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Kia Ionescu adds 18.5 ppg and leads the team both in assists made with 7.5 and in rebounding with 5.5 per game.  

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Minnesota Lynx vs New York Liberty Predictions 5/18/2021

Liberty are fifth-best in the league both offensively with 81.5 ppg and defensively, allowing 76 ppg. They are among the top-5 both in field goal percentage and in 3-point percentage with 43.5% and 43.1% respectively. 

The Lynx finished last season with a 14-8 record and were placed fourth both in the West and in the whole WNBA as well. In the opening game of this season, they lost by the Phoenix Mercury at home with a 77-75 score. They had three players with 17+ points, led by Aerial Powers with 18. She also added 6 rebounds, while Kayla McBride and Crystal Dangerfield added 17 points apiece.  

Dangerfield led the team both in scoring last season with 16.2 ppg and in assists made with 3.6 per game. Napheesa Collier followed with 16.1 ppg and 6.3 rebounds per game. 

The Lynx averaged 84.4 ppg offensively and allowed 80.6 ppg defensively. They had a 45.6% field goal percentage and a 38.5% 3-point percentage. 

Minnesota Lynx won both matchups against the New York Liberty last year with ease. At home with an 94-64 score and on the road with 92-66. Lynx are 4-0 agaisnt the spread in their previous four matchups. Over is 6-1 in their previous seven matchups. The Liberty had a 0-11 home record last season, while the Lynx were 7-4 on the road. The Liberty are better than last year, but the Lynx are still the favorite, so pick them with only -1.5 today. 

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Minnesota Lynx vs New York Liberty 5/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 7:00 ET 

Location: Barclays Center in New York, NY

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021

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WNBA Odds/Point Spread: New York Liberty +1.5 

WNBA Totals: +157.5

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