Washington Mystics at Minnesota Lynx (-13.5, 148.5)
The Lynx have accomplished pretty much all of their goals so far this season and could secure home-court for the playoffs with a win Tuesday. Against the Mystics, they shouldn’t have much trouble doing just that.
The Lynx have won their last five games (covering four times) by an average of 13 points and are looking like easily the best team in the league down the stretch.
A lot of that has to do with its depth. Rookie Maya Moore put up 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Minnesota’s 72-61 win over San Antonio and is a perfect example of the team’s depth.
"It's just a blessing to be on this team," Moore told reporters. "All of us have a really special situation, so I'm just excited to play well because we still have a lot of work to do."
The Mystics don’t have anything left to play for, so we’re siding with the Lynx despite this fat line.
Seattle Storm at Los Angeles Sparks (-2.5, 143.5)
As these teams conclude a home-and-home, there is a lot on the line.
The Storm have been a different team since Lauren Jackson returned to the lineup and now look like they could make some serious noise in the postseason. Meanwhile, the Sparks still have some work to do to get into the dance, sitting 1 ½ games out of the last playoff spot in the West.
On Sunday, the Storm needed a pair of free throws from Sue Bird with 1.6 seconds to escape with a 65-63 loss as a 7.5-point favorite.
Sparks coach Jellybean Bryant wasn’t exactly pleased with the result.
"I'm not going to say what I think because I don't want to get fined," Bryant told reporters. "I thought we played great defense. It's just sad that it had to end that way because usually, you let the players make the decisions in games. So that was probably the saddest part about it."
Desperation is one thing, but 2.5-point favorites against the Storm?