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Washington Mystics vs. Seattle Storm Pick & Prediction JUN 23TH 2022

WNBA | BASKETBALL
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Logo Washington Mystics
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Logo Seattle Storm
153
OPENNER
-2.5

153.5o -110
CURRENT
-6.5 +128

+160
MONEYLINE
-185

71
SCORE
85

The Seattle Storm return from an impressive road swing to kick off a four-game homestand on Thursday when they host the Washington Mystics.

Seattle (10-6) concluded a 4-1 road trip on Sunday with an 81-72 defeat of New York. Gabby Williams went for 23 points and nine rebounds while WNBA-leading scorer Breanna Stewart (21.8 per game) tacked on 18 points and nine boards.

The win was the Storm's fifth in their last six outings.

Williams' outburst marked a season-high for the 5.9-point per game scorer, who had yet to score in double figures in her 15 previous games.

 



Sue Bird -- who last week announced her retirement at season's end -- went 3-of-7 from 3-point range and finished with 11 points and four assists in her final regular-season visit to New York.

"It's no Kobe Bryant dropping 60 (points in his final NBA game in 2016), but it feels pretty good," Bird said, per the Seattle Times. "To be honest, it wasn't about the game. It wasn't about how I played. It was really about soaking it all in, enjoying the moment."

Bird and the Storm now come home to face a Washington team on a West Coast road swing. The Mystics (11-8) dropped the first game in their trip on Tuesday, 84-82 at Los Angeles.

Washington trailed much of the way, including by as many as 16 points in the fourth quarter, before a furious rally ultimately fell short.


Natasha Cloud connected on a 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds remaining. Then after a pair of Sparks free throws, she drew a foul on another 3-point attempt with a chance to tie the score but missed the second foul shot to force an intentional miss on the third.

Los Angeles converted 17 Washington turnovers into 23 points. Ariel Atkins, who finished with a game-high 22 points, blamed the turnovers on the team "not being intentional."

"That's hard to say because that's something I try to pride myself on," Atkins said via the Washington Post. "I need to get my eyes up and not be so quick to get rid of the ball. Keep my dribble more and find the open man."

Washington played Tuesday without Elena Delle Donne, the former two-time Most Valuable Player and current 14.9 point per game scorer. She is slated to be in the lineup on Thursday in Seattle.


The Mystics will look to cut down on turnovers against the league's most prolific takeaway-generating defense. Seattle averages 17.2 forced turnovers per game behind Stewart's WNBA-best 2.1 steals per game.

Washington still ranks among the league's most protective offenses, committing just 13.8 turnovers per game. Only Seattle with 13.6 per game and Las Vegas (11.7) average fewer.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Washington Mystics
74
82
Seattle Storm

Washington Mystics vs. Seattle Storm

Breanna Stewart finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds, and the WNBA-leading Seattle Storm weathered an uncharacteristically poor offensive performance to beat the Washington Mystics, 71-64, Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla.

The Storm (14-3) matched their season-low for scoring, having scored 71 points in a previous matchup with the Mystics, that time in a loss, on July 30.

This time around, however, Seattle's defense overcame a poor offensive night in which it shot just 24-of-62 (38.7 percent) from the floor on the night, including 5-of-21 from behind the 3-point line.

The Storm held the Mystics to 26-of-69 (37.7 percent) shooting from the floor and 7-of-27 from 3-point range, while dominating the glass 43 rebounds to 25. Along with Stewart's 14 boards, Natasha Howard grabbed nine to go with 13 points.

Jewell Loyd also scored 13 points for Seattle, but in an indicator of the Storm's overall scoring struggles, eight of those came in the first quarter.

Seattle scored more effectively in the first and third quarters, totaling 45 points, while mustering just 12 in the second and 14 in the fourth.

The Storm threatened to pull away in the third quarter. They opened the second half on a 10-2 run to open up a 16-point lead.

The Mystics (4-12) roared back in the fourth quarter, capitalizing on assorted Storm droughts to slice the deficit to as few as five points with less than a minute remaining. Over the final period, Seattle endured scoreless spells of 2:36, 1:23 and in the game's closing minutes, 3:04.

Emma Meesseman kept Washington competitive with 17 points, while Tianna Hawkins and Jacki Gemelos added 10 points each off the bench. Gemelos was the only Mystic to make more than one 3-pointer, finishing 2-of-4 from outside.

Gemelos was also one of only two Washington players to attempt more than one free throw. Seattle won at the foul line, shooting 18-of-22 to just 5-of-5 for the Mystics.

--Field Level Media
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