The Minnesota Lynx suffered a 69-75 loss to the Indiana Fever in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals to force a do-or-die Game 5, winner take all. We get to see the first WNBA Finals Game 5 since 2009 and only the fourth since the championship round was expanded to a best-of-five format in 2005. While the Lynx will have home-court advantage, the Fever as a team thrive in do-or-die situations. They won 4 elimination games already in 2015 and won 8 of the past 10 since 2012. According to the Fever vs Lynx 2015 WNBA Playoff Game 5 Odds at Bodog Basketball, the Lynx are favored by -5.5 points over the Fever with the total set at 146 points. Here is our Fever vs Lynx 2015 WNBA Playoff Game 5 prediction.
The Fevers’ Shenise Johnson, Marissa Coleman and Briann January scored 15, 14 and 13 points, respectively. Indiana’s bench combined to score 23 points, providing more than enough support on the offensive end. But, they made just one field goal in the fourth quarter, but went 15 of 18 from the foul line.
Every time the Lynx looked like they might be clawing their way back into the game in the fourth quarter, the Fever did just enough to maintain a healthy margin.
The key for the Fever will be holding the Lynx to 3-of-13 shooting, again. Minnesota didn’t rely heavily on the three during the regular season, but it was the fourth-best three-point team in terms of shooting percentage. Indiana would also be helped by getting great production from its bench.
The Lynx Maya Moore finished with 20 points on 8-of-20 shooting, including 2-of-8 from three-point range. Lindsay Whalen also chipped in 16 points, with her secondary scoring.
A key for Minnesota will be keeping Sylvia Fowles on the court. If she gets into foul trouble early once again, the Lynx will be vulnerable inside, and they’ll also lack a key scoring threat in the post.
The Bottom Line: stay out of foul trouble and Maya Moore will bring home the hardware for the Lynx.