Both the Chicago Sky and Minnesota Lynx have become accustomed to battling atop the WNBA standings. But these two WNBA teams are expected to be near the middle of the pack this season as they open a new year against one another. Soon there will be WNBA games today to test that theory as the WNBA schedule picks up in full swing.
Here is a breakdown of each team, the Sky vs Lynx odds, WNBA picks and more.
Chicago Sky vs. Minnesota Lynx Odds
Spread: Sky vs Lynx odds show the home team is favored at -4 with -110 odds on either side of the spread.
Over/Under: The over/under is 163 points with -110 odds on either side of the spread.
The Sky’s implied team total is 79.5 points, and the Lynx’s implied team total is 83.5 points, with -115 odds on each side of those spreads.
Chicago Sky vs. Minnesota Lynx Information
Chicago Sky vs Minnesota Lynx
Location of the game: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN.
Date & Time: Friday, May 19. 8:00 p.m. ET.
How to watch: WNBA League Pass | Bally Sports Northwest
Chicago Sky vs. Minnesota Lynx Betting Preview
Last season was an unceremonious run to the best years in franchise history for the Chicago Sky, and the band then broke up. Candace Parker had returned home to lead the team to its first WNBA championship, but she has since joined the Las Vegas Aces. Point guard Courtney Vandersloot spent her entire career in Chicago but left for the New York Liberty. Her wife, Allie Quigley, went west.
But there are still great players on the Sky, just maybe not as recognizable as fans are used to. Of course, Finals MVP Kahleah Copper is back and enters her eighth season. The team added Ruthy Hebard, a forward entering her fifth season. Dana Evans will get her opportunity as the team’s point guard after being an All-American at Louisville and spending her first two seasons backing up Vandersloot.
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Then there are some younger players mixed in. Rookies Morgan Bertsch and Robyn Parks made the roster, who weren’t household names in college last season. Anneli Maley enters her second year out of Australia. As does Li Yueru and Rebekah Gardner, who played at UCLA.
But really, there is a good balance between veterans – forward Elizabeth Williams in her ninth season and guard Courtney Williams in her eighth season – and those youthful players. James Wade has constructed a roster he believes in, which is important. It is also one that is eighth in championship WNBA odds at +3100 for those who believe in him.
The Lynx have not been in contention for several years after a dominant stretch through the 2010s. But they have an exciting rookie class with mostly veterans who should compete in the same tier as the Sky for a playoff spot. The Lynx are ninth at championship odds at +3800.
Those rookies include Dorka Juhasz, a forward out of Connecticut who offers good size at 6 foot 5, Diamond Miller, a versatile forward out of Maryland, and Taylor Soule, a wing out of Virginia Tech. They each bring something different, whether Soule’s toughness and leadership, Miller’s special athletic ability or Juhasz’s savvy moves.
A Decade of Excellence
They are surrounded by solid veterans, including Napheesa Collier, who enters her fifth season. Guards Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina) and Aerial Powers (Michigan State), each entering their eighth seasons; and Kayla McBride, who reaches the decade mark out of Notre Dame.
With minimal starpower, though, it will be difficult for coach Cheryl Reeve to see this team take a major step forward after finishing 14-22 and on the outside looking in of the WNBA playoffs.
Chicago Sky vs. Minnesota Lynx Betting Picks
It is likely neither team is that great this season. So far, those acting on Sky vs Lynx odds have 72% of bets on Minnesota and the over/under is split.
- But the Sky may have more talent, and being underdogs, we will take Wade’s crew at +4.