The nightcap to Tuesday’s WNBA doubleheader on ESPN2 features a Western Conference showdown between the Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx. In the early going of the 2022 WNBA betting season, these two teams have been trendings in opposite directions. While the Storm enter tonight’s contest on a three-game winning streak, the Lynx have only managed to win three games total on the season to date. Given the disparity between the teams’ win-loss records, it’s no surprise to find the visitors being listed as a heavy favorite on today’s Storm vs Lynx WNBA betting odds prediction.
The following game preview includes our official Storm vs Lynx prediction, the injury report for both teams, WNBA betting odds from BetOnline Sportsbook, key betting trends and much more!
Storm vs Lynx Prediction, WNBA Betting Odds and Game Info
WNBA Regular Season Game
Seattle Storm (8-5, 2-2 Away) vs. Minnesota Lynx (3-11, 1-5 Home)
Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Time: 9 PM EST
Venue: Target Center — Minneapolis, MN
Storm vs Lynx WNBA Betting Game Preview
Seattle Storm Preview
Winners of three straight, the Storm suddenly find themselves with the fourth-best record in the league after a slow start to the season. Even casual WNBA fans and bettors are familiar with several of the key names on Seattle’s roster. Breanna Stewart leads the team in multiple statistical categories. In fact, her 21.7 points per game average entering Tuesday’s road tilt leads the entire WNBA. Just to shed further perspective on Stewart’s greatness, no other player in the league is averaging more than 19.5 points on the season to date.
Stewart is coming off of a monster game in Sunday’s win at Dallas in which she totaled 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out four assists for good measure. The Storm would certainly take some more assists from Stewart tonight given the updated status of veteran point guard Sure Bird. She was a late addition to Tuesday’s injury report and has already been ruled out with an illness. Jewell Llyod also came up big in the win on Sunday with 22 points, besting her season average which is north of 18 per game.
Minnesota Lynx Preview
The Lynx find themselves facing a massive uphill battle both in the WNBA standings and as far as the outlook for Tuesday’s Storm vs Lynx prediction is concerned. Victories have been few and far between for Minnesota this season. The Lynx enters tonight’s WNBA betting contest off a frustrating home loss to a bad Indiana team. On top of that, Minnesota is currently without its best player. Center Sylvia Fowles remains out indefinitely with a knee injury that she suffered in last Tuesday’s game.
Considering that Fowles was averaging a double-double on the season and also leading the Lynx in steals and blocks, her absence is a massive blow to a roster that was already thin on talent. Second-leading scorer Kayla McBride also missed Minnesota’s home loss to Indiana on Sunday with a foot injury. Fortunately, she is tabbed as probable to play this evening. McBride cannot be asked to do it all, however. Players like Aerial Powers and Moriah Jefferson will need to raise their play at the offensive end if the Lynx are to hang tough as WNBA betting underdogs.
Storm vs Lynx WNBA Betting Odds
Moneyline: SEA: (-340) | MIN: (+285)
Point Spread: SEA: -8 (-115) | MIN: +8 (-105)
Total: 157 — Over: (-115) | Under: (-105)
Public (Spread) Betting Percentages via Action Network: SEA: (84%) | MIN: (16%)
Storm vs Lynx Betting Trends
- Storm are 0-8 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win.
- The UNDER is 5-1 in the Storm’s last six games against teams with a losing record.
- Lynx are just 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
- The UNDER is 5-1-1 in the Lynx’s last seven home games.
- Storm are 4-1 ATS in their last five head-to-head matchups against the Lynx in Minnesota.
Seattle Storm Injury Report
Out: Sue Bird (illness)
Minnesota Lynx Injury Report
Out: Sylvia Fowles (knee); Natalie Achonwa (hamstring)
Probable: Kayla McBride (foot)
Storm vs Lynx Stats
- Seattle is averaging 78.6 points per game (PPG) this season (No. 9 in the WNBA).
- Seattle is surrendering 76.6 points per game (PPG) this season (No. 3 in the WNBA).
- Minnesota is averaging 77.2 points per game (PPG) this season (No. 10 in the WNBA).
- Minnesota is surrendering 84.4 points per game (PPG) this season (No. 9 in the WNBA).
Storm vs Lynx Prediction
Interestingly enough, the WNBA betting odds on the total for Tuesday’s matchup have moved down despite over 90% of public bets coming in on the over. The two teams may have combined for 171 points in their first head-to-head meeting, but that came all the way back at the very beginning of the regular season.
A lot has changed since that regular-season opener, most notably the injury to leading Lynx scorer, Sylvia Fowles. Although Sue Bird is hardly the leading scorer for Seattle, she is their primary ball-handler and facilitator. Thus, both sides will be compromised to an extent at the offensive end of the floor tonight.
There are several stats that also help support our Storm vs Lynx WNBA betting prediction of playing the total under. Coming into the day, the Storm are ranked second in defensive rating on the season. Although the Lynx have struggled at that end of the floor so far in 2022, they haven’t exactly been an offensive juggernaut either. In fact, Seattle and Minnesota rank just eighth and ninth in offensive rating, respectively.
Without Fowles, it’s clear that the best game plan for the Lynx to hang tough in tonight’s game is to up the defensive intensity. While this is certainly easier said than done given that Fowles is also an excellent rim protector, the Lynx may also be content to work the shot clock on their offensive possessions. Considering that the Storm play at one of the slower tempos in the WNBA as it is, the pace of this game is unlikely to be anything close to breakneck.
Storm vs Lynx Prediction: Under 157 (-105 at BetOnline Sportsbook)