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Washington Mystics vs. Seattle Storm Pick & Prediction AUGUST 21st 2022

WNBA | BASKETBALL
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Logo Washington Mystics
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Logo Seattle Storm
162
OPENNER
-4.5

161.5o -110
CURRENT
-7.5 +168

+120
MONEYLINE
-140

84
SCORE
97

The Seattle Storm will aim to advance to the second round of the WNBA playoffs for the fifth straight season on Sunday when they host the Washington Mystics.

The fourth-seeded Storm took the first step in that quest with an 86-83 victory over the fifth-seeded Mystics on Thursday in the opener of their best-of-three series. Game 3, if needed, would be Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Breanna Stewart finished with 23 points on Thursday, marking the 11th time in her past 15 games that she has scored at least 20. The two-time WNBA MVP also had 12 rebounds to give her six double-doubles during that stretch.

Jewell Loyd scored 12 of her 16 points in the final 4:52 of the contest for Seattle.

"I got shots early ... they didn't go in," Loyd told reporters. "I stayed patient, I was able to get to my spots. That's what (the postseason) is about."

"The fact that Jewell just stuck with it, that just shows that she's a vet," Stewart said in a postgame interview with ESPN. "We're not rookies anymore, we've been here for a while. We know what to do, and we just stick with the game."

Washington's Elena Delle Donne scored 11 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter while playing in her first playoff game since the 2019 WNBA Finals. The two-time league MVP made 11 of 17 shots from the floor, however she misfired on all four of her 3-point attempts.

Natasha Cloud, who joined Ariel Atkins with 16 points for the Mystics, said she isn't dwelling on committing a costly turnover late in the game on Thursday.

"If I was a younger player, I would be hanging my head a lot more," Cloud said of her turnover with 25.8 seconds left and her team trailing by one. "But the reality is that one turnover didn't decide the game. We made mistakes before that, but I do need to take care of the ball down the stretch. That's my job is to put us in successful situations, so it's a tough one."

--Field Level Media
PREDICTION
Washington Mystics
75
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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