7 p.m. vs. Los Angeles Sparks at Williams Arena • ESPN, 106.1-FM
The Barn will be stuffed
Preview: If you don’t have tickets, it might be a tough get; as of early Tuesday afternoon there were only a couple hundred tickets left for this game at the Barn, which holds just over 14,500 fans. The Lynx are coming off an 80-69 victory in Los Angeles on Sunday, which came thanks in large part to a 48-28 dominance in rebounding, the biggest in Lynx playoff history. This is the second consecutive Game 5 matchup with Los Angeles; the Sparks won on Nneka Ogwumike’s basket in the closing seconds last year. It is also the third consecutive Game 5 for the Lynx, who beat Indiana for the title in 2015. Both franchises are going for their fourth league title, with the Sparks looking to become the first repeat champion in 15 years.
Players to watch: Lynx F Rebekkah Brunson’s energy led the way in Game 4. She had 18 points, 13 rebounds and made 10 of 13 free throw attempts. C Sylvia Fowles is coming off a 22-point, 14-rebound game. F Maya Moore is shooting 58.1 percent in the Finals. Sparks F Candace Parker has been held to 38.3-percent shooting and 13.5 points a game in this series. But she had 28 points and 12 rebounds in last year’s Game 5. The strength of the L.A. attack has been the backcourt of Odyssey Sims and Chelsea Gray. Sims is averaging a team-high 17.0 points to go with 4.0 assists per game. Gray is averaging 16.0 points and 6.5 assists.
Numbers: Brunson and teammate Lindsay Whalen played in their 80th career playoff game Sunday. Fowles is playing in her fourth consecutive Finals, having appeared with Chicago in 2014. The Lynx attempted 30 free throws in Game 4 after getting a total of 43 in the first three games.