Stephen Nover's WNBA Tuesday Top Ticket
(WNBA) Minnesota vs. Phoenix, 06/21/2022 10:00 PM, Score: 84 - 71
Point Spread: 6.00 | -105.00 Minnesota (Away)
Result: Win
The season record shows the Lynx at 3-13. But Minnesota is a well-coached, spunky underdog. The Lynx usually can be counted on for a strong effort. That's certainly been the case recently. They nearly upset the Storm and Aces during their last two games. 

Minnesota has lost its last three games by a combined seven points. Phoenix has been a disappointment this season. The Mercury haven't won by more than five points in regulation in 12 of their last 14 games. They lack depth and have been horrible at closing games out. This is the largest Phoenix has been favored all season.

One problem the Mercury have had is the on-going saga of their star big player, seven-time All-Star Britteney Griner. She's been detained in Russia since February. This has been a constant black cloud and distraction for the team. Members of the Mercury just met with State Department officials recently to try to get Griner released. Her safety remains a constant worry for her teammates. This is what veteran guard Diana Taurasi said, "We want (Griner) to come home as soon as possible; it's No. 1 on our list.''

The Lynx don't have that distraction. They are desperate for a victory having come so close recently against better competition.