Finals scouting report | Lynx vs. Sparks

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate
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7 p.m., Williams Arena
Where to Watch: ESPN
Where to Listen: 106.1 BOB FM, TuneIn Radio and Lynx App

Here we are once again, Game 5 of the WNBA Finals. It doesn’t get much better than this.

The Minnesota Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks square off one final time in a winner-take-all game on Wednesday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

Here are three tidbits to get you ready for Game 5 at Williams Arena:

  • Each team is 1-1 in their two home games during this series, traded every other game since Los Angeles took Game 1 in Minneapolis.
  • Coming into Wednesday’s game, the two teams have tied 908-908 in the last 12 meetings, displaying just how even the two teams are.
  • Following their victory in Los Angeles in Game 4, the Lynx move to 7-5 in the WNBA Playoffs when facing elimination, including 5-1 at home.

Last Matchup

The Lynx bounced back to even the series at 2-2 on Sunday in Game 4 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, beating the Sparks 80-69.

In that game, Sylvia Fowles led the way for Minnesota, tallying 22 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks. Rebekkah Brunson had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Maya Moore had 15 points and eight rebounds, Seimone Augustus had 10 points and eight rebounds, Lindsay Whalen had four points and eight assists and Renee Montgomery had five points and three assists.

For Los Angeles, Odyssey Sims had 18 points, Nneka Ogwumike had 17 points and eight rebounds, Candace Parker had 11 points and eight rebounds, Alana Beard had eight points and six rebounds and Chelsea Gray had eight points and nine assists.

Key Matchup: Rebekkah Brunson vs. Nneka Ogwumike

One matchup to keep an eye on in Game 5 will be between Minnesota’s Rebekkah Brunson and Los Angeles’ Nneka Ogwumike.

Brunson was key in both of Minnesota’s wins in Game 2 and 5. Most recently, she finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds in the Game 4 victory. During this postseason, Brunson has averaged nine points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.8 steals per game.

Ogwumike finished with 17 point, eight rebounds and three assists for the Sparks in Game 4. So far this postseason, she is averaging 14.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, two steals and 1.7 assists.

Injuries

Los Angeles: No injuries to report.

Minnesota: No injuries to report.

Projected Starters 

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

Minnesota: PG – Whalen, SG – Augustus, SF – Moore, PF – Brunson, C – Fowles