Scouting Report | Lynx at Sparks

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate
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6 p.m., STAPLES Center
Where to Watch: ESPN2
Where to Listen: 106.1 BOB FM, TuneIn Radio

The Minnesota Lynx begin part two of their three-game road trip on Sunday night when they take on the Los Angeles Sparks at STAPLES Center.

The Lynx come in at 24-6 overall to sit atop the WNBA standings. The Sparks enter at 23-8 on the season and are in second place in the standings.

Here are three tidbits entering Sunday’s game:

  • Minnesota holds a 1.5-game lead over Los Angeles for the top spot in the WNBA standings. The Lynx can clinch the No. 1 overall seed with a win Sunday night.
  • The Lynx are 11-4 on the road this season, while the Sparks hold a 13-1 record at home in 2017.
  • Minnesota has won two straight games entering Sunday, while Los Angeles has won four in a row.

Coming Off Of…

Minnesota is coming off of an 89-70 win over the San Antonio Stars on Friday in San Antonio.

Maya Moore led the Lynx with 24 points and four assists. Sylvia Fowles had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Natasha Howard had 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists, Plenette Pierson had 10 points and five rebounds, Jia Perkins had 10 points and four rebounds, Renee Montgomery had nine points and eight assists, Seimone Augustus had eight points and four assists and Temi Fagbenle added six points off the bench.

Los Angeles is coming off of an 82-67 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday in Phoenix.

Odyssey Sims had 28 points, eight assists and six rebounds to lead the Sparks. Nneka Ogwumike had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Candace Parker had 12 points and seven rebounds and Chelsea Gray had 12 points and three assists.

Last Matchup

The season series between Minnesota and Los Angeles is tied 1-1 coming into Sunday’s game. The last matchup, which was on Aug. 11 in St. Paul, had the Sparks come away with a 70-64 win.

In that game, Fowles had 17 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks and Rebekkah Brunson had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead the Lynx. Moore had 12 points and three assists, Montgomery had 10 points and five assists and Augustus had eight points, seven rebounds and six assists.

For the Sparks, Gray had 23 points and three assists, Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Sims had 14 points and five assists and Sydney Wiese added five points.

Sunday’s game is the third and final game between Minnesota and Los Angeles during the regular season.

Key Matchup: Sylvia Fowles vs. Candace Parker

One of the many matchups to watch out for in Sunday’s game will come in the post between Minnesota’s Sylvia Fowles and Los Angeles’ Candace Parker.

So far this season, Fowles is averaging 19.4 points (4th in WNBA), 10.2 rebounds (2nd in WNBA), 2.1 blocks (2nd in WNBA), 1.3 steals (11th in WNBA) and 1.3 assists per game.

In 30 games, Parker is averaging 16.9 points (10th in WNBA), 8.3 rebounds (7th in WNBA), 4.3 assists (8th in WNBA), 1.7 blocks (4th in WNBA) and 1.4 steals (9th in WNBA) a game.

Injuries

Los Angeles: No injuries to report.

Minnesota: Whalen (left hand) and Brunson (left ankle) are out.

Projected Starters

Los Angeles: PG – Gray, SG – Sims, SF – Beard, PF – Ogwumike, C – Parker

Minnesota: PG – Montomgery, SG – Augustus, SF – Moore, PF – Pierson, C – Fowles