Sept. 19, 2021
WNBA Best Bets for Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021
Nick Andre returns to the WNBA hardwood on Sunday, September 19, 2021, providing his betting analysis, score predictions, and "Best Bets".
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Las Vegas Aces at Phoenix Mercury
Score Prediction: Mercury 88, Aces 79
Best Bet: Phoenix (+3.5)
Well, the Washington Mystics are now under pressure following a brutal loss to the New York Liberty. As they are locked in with the Sparks for the same record, this game is do or die for Washington. Expect Tina Charles to carry the load for the team. But will it be enough against a dominant Lynx team?
Despite being the final game of the season, head coach Cheryl Reeve will make sure her team is locked in and focused on this matchup. The Lynx also want to carry momentum into the playoffs as they have a single-bye.
This could be a game where we watch Napheesa Collier take over offensively. With that being said, the Lynx look to spoil the Mystics’ opportunity of clinching a playoff seed.
Minnesota Lynx at Washington Mystics
Score Prediction: Lynx 93, Mystics 79
Best Bet: Minnesota (-5.5)
As Chicago is locked in for the sixth seed, the question is can they build momentum for their first-round matchup against the Dallas Wings. The key for a possible Sky win is how they can match up defensively against the Aces’ offensive weapons. Expect head coach James Wade to preach defense in this matchup. As the Sky can get stops on that end, it can lead to easy opportunities on the other.
Meanwhile, the Aces would love to keep the second seed in their hands as they can have a double-bye. This is a matchup where we can see reigning MVP A'ja Wilson set the tone early. Coach Bill Laimbeer should look to set the offense around her so she can get easy looks early. Although Wilson is expected to dominate, this matchup will go into the hands of Chicago.
The Lynx close out the regular season with a road tilt against the Mystics in Washington. (AP)
Los Angeles Sparks at Dallas Wings
Score Prediction: Sparks 77, Wings 72
Best Bet: Los Angeles (+4.5)
This is do or die for the Los Angeles Sparks. After not exceeding expectations through this season, there is still a chance they can grab the eighth and final spot. This game will need a team effort from Los Angeles. It is important that head coach Derek Fisher looks to have everyone in rhythm so the team can break down the defense of the Wings.
Meanwhile, the Wings need some momentum in their first round matchup against the Chicago Sky. The team has had their moments defensively while also letting their foot off the gas. Despite being so talented offensively, this matchup against the Sparks can determine how well the team will play in the playoffs. Except with so much at stake, this is a matchup for the Sparks to dominate.
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