Staples Center Los Angeles

Atlanta Dream vs. Washington Mystics Pick & Prediction JUN 28TH 2022

WNBA | BASKETBALL
TV:
Logo Atlanta Dream
VS
Logo Washington Mystics
155.5
OPENNER
-8

155.5o -115
CURRENT
-7.5 -110

-135
MONEYLINE
+115

74
SCORE
92

The Washington Mystics are intent on showing a finishing touch.

Coming off a strong closeout against the top team in the league could be important when the Atlanta Dream visit for Tuesday night's game in Washington.

The Mystics (12-9) capped a three-game Western Conference swing with Saturday night's 87-86 overtime victory at Las Vegas on the strength of Alysha Clark's season-high 20 points.

That was the lone victory on the trip after losses in Los Angeles and Seattle, games in which the Mystics failed to protect double-digit leads.

 



Washington's Elena Delle Donne posted 19 points, 10 rebounds and a season-best five blocked shots in Las Vegas. There's the possibility that she could sit out Tuesday night as a precaution; she played in consecutive road games for the first time this season.

Still, coach Mike Thibault said the plan is to have Delle Donne in action more frequently, so she might be on the court for Washington's first home game since June 19. This is also the team's lone game during a seven-day stretch.

"We'd like to see her regularly up through the All-Star break," Thibault said. "We have a plan."


Delle Donne has 319 career blocked shots, just a couple away from moving into the WNBA's top 20 in that category.

The Dream lost to the Connecticut Sun 72-61 on Sunday, marking their second consecutive defeat and sixth over their last seven games.

Atlanta (8-10) received 17 points from guard Aari McDonald, making it the first time she led the team in scoring in the last 11 games. The Dream will also try to shed a five-game road losing streak.

Sunday marked the Dream's third-lowest point total of the season. The worst came in the previous trip to Washington with a 70-50 loss, pushing the Mystics to a 2-0 series lead this season. That's the fewest points the Dream have ever scored vs. Washington.

Dream coach Tanisha Wright's team managed only 22 first-half points in Sunday's game, so some offensive issues remain.


"We know our offense has to be better," Wright said.

After the release of Kennedy Burke, the Mystics were in position to add a player to an open roster spot. The team announced Monday the signing of guard Evina Westbrook to a seven-day contract.

The Mystics lead the all-time series with Atlanta 28-24, winning the last four matchups. They hold a seven-game home winning streak against the Dream.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Atlanta Dream
73
81
Washington Mystics

Atlanta Dream vs. Washington Mystics

Stella Johnson scored 25 points, and the Washington Mystics snapped a seven-game losing streak by holding off the struggling Atlanta Dream 98-91 on Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla.

Myisha Hines-Allen contributed 23 points for the Mystics (4-7). Ariel Atkins had 13 points and five assists, Emma Meesseman supplied 12 points, six rebounds and 10 assists, and Leilani Mitchell added 12 points and six assists.

The Dream (2-10) dropped their ninth straight despite two big offensive performances. Betnijah Laney erupted for a season-high 35 points while contributing five rebounds and six assists. Courtney Williams poured in a season-best 30 points and added eight rebounds and seven assists.

Monique Billings had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for Atlanta while Elizabeth Williams chipped in eight points, five rebounds and six assists.

Courtney Williams had nine points in the first quarter as the Dream took a 24-22 lead. The Mystics tightened their defense and outscored the Dream 23-15 in the second quarter to gain a 45-39 halftime advantage.

Johnson led the way with 12 first-half points. Williams and Laney each had 13 points for Atlanta.

Johnson reached the 20-point mark by scoring eight points in the first 2:14 of the second half. Her outburst, which included two 3-pointers, stretched Washington's lead to 56-43.

The Mystics were up by 12 midway through the third, but the Dream rallied to cut the deficit to 67-63. Washington then closed the quarter with an 8-0 surge. Mitchell got the run going with a three-point play, and Atkins capped it with two free throws for a 75-63 lead.

The Mystics were still up by 10 with seven minutes remaining, but Courtney Williams kept her club in the game. She reached the 30-point mark with 4:46 left to make it 83-77.

A Hines-Allen layup gave Washington an 87-80 lead with 3:51 remaining. Laney hit back-to-back shots with under two minutes left to pull Atlanta within four points.

Hines-Allen answered with another layup with 45 seconds remaining. Johnson, Mitchell and Atkins hit free throws to prevent the Dream from getting closer than four points the rest of the way.

--Field Level Media
TOP EXPERTS
  • ALL
  • NFL
  • NBA
  • MLB
  • NHL
  • NCAAF
  • NCAAB
Follow these and more than 15 experts for $ 35 a month Register Now