2016 Season WNBA Basketball Past Picks
October 16, 2016
Minnesota at Los Angeles
Sunday 10/16 08:30 PM Eastern
1.5 units on Game Total UNDER 160 -105 (risk 1.5 to return 2.93) RESULT: LOSS
A pivotal Game 4 matchup in Los Angeles, and with so much at stake, expect a monster defensive game from both sides. The Los Angeles Sparks played dynamite defense all year, tops in the WNBA in points allowed, and did so the last game holding Minnesota to 75 points, while allowing 18 points or less in three of the four quarters. Minnesota can play great defense, too, at second in the league in points allowed. "If we don't bring tough defense Sunday, we know what's going to happen," Minnesota guard Lindsay Whalen said. "When you put yourself in a hornets' nest like we did [Friday], it's tough. If defense has been your calling card and your backbone for all these years, and it isn't at a high level, it hurts." Minnesota will get back to playing the tough defense is did in Game 2, holding the Sparks to 60 points. Los Angeles shot just 32.9 percent (23 of 70) in that one as League MVP Nneka Ogwumike took just six shots, and the Lynx controlled the boards with a 46-32 rebounding advantage. Los Angeles is 12-4 UNDER the total as a favorite of 0.5-4.5, including 18-7-1 UNDER as a home favorite of 0.5-4.5. Play Game 4 UNDER the total.