The Minnesota Lynx host the Atlanta Dream at 8 p.m. tonight. Fans can listen to the game by turning their radio to BOB 106.1 FM or watch it by turning their TV to ESPN 2.
What should you be looking for during tonight's game? Here are a few notes to prepare you for this nationally televised battle:
Minnesota enters tonight’s game against Atlanta riding a franchise record 14-game home winning streak dating back to July 12, 2012. The Lynx are also riding a five-game regular season (eight games, including playoffs) winning streak against the Atlanta Dream dating back to 2010.
Tonight’s game pits the best two teams in the league against one another. The Lynx (8-3) and Dream (10-1) each lead their respective conferences. The two teams are also two of the best offensive teams in the league. Minnesota ranks first in the league in offensive efficiency (106.2 pts/possession) while Atlanta ranks fifth (101.0 pts/possession).
Tonight is a rematch of the 2011 WNBA Finals, which finished with the Lynx sweeping the Dream to win the first championship in franchise history.
The Lynx enter tonight's game with a +7.8 rebounding margin this season, ranking second in both defensive (.746) and total rebounding percentage (.547) while leading the league in offensive rebounding percentage (.349).
Over her last four games, Lindsay Whalen is averaging 18.0 points (61.1%), 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds, including leading the Lynx in scoring in two of the four games. This season Whalen ranks fourth in the WNBA in assists (5.1 apg) and third in FTAs per game (6.1).
Monica Wright will be making her first start of the season tonight. She is coming off a stellar performance off the bench against Phoenix on Sunday, posting season highs in points (17), steals (3) and minutes (28). Over her last five games, she is tallying 10.8 ppg and 3.2 apg.
Held to just four points in the first half on Sunday, Maya Moore exploded for 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting (3-of-5 from three-point range) in the second half against Phoenix. Moore has been excellent at home this season, averaging 20.7 points on 50.6% shooting and 53.6% from long range. Moore enters tonight ranked ninth in scoring (17.4 ppg), ninth in three-point accuracy (43.4%) and ninth in FT accuracy (88.4%).
A key to tonight's game will be Minnesota's ability to capitalize on second chance opportunities. The Lynx enter tonight's game leading the league in second-chance scoring, averaging 14.3 second chance points per game. The Dream enters tonight ranking fourth in the league in second chance defense, allowing 13.2 ppg.
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