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Washington Mystics vs. Dallas Wings Pick & Prediction JUL 28TH 2022

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Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics should be well rested on Thursday when the team returns from a week off in the schedule to visit the Dallas Wings in Arlington, Texas.

Delle Donne scored 25 points last Thursday afternoon to help Washington record a 78-69 victory over the New York Liberty. The two-time WNBA MVP has averaged 23.4 points and shot 56.8 percent from the floor (42-for-74) over her past five games.

 


The Mystics (17-11) have won six of their past eight contests and entered Wednesday one game behind the fourth-place Seattle Storm in the WNBA standings with eight games remaining on their schedule. The top four seeds will have home-court advantage for their best-of-three first-round series.

"I haven't even looked," Delle Donne said of the standings, per The Washington Post. "My only focus is the next game and winning it. And if we can control that, then standings will be whatever they are."

Delle Donne poured in 20 points in Washington's 94-86 setback to Dallas on May 13 and 14 more in the Mystics' 84-68 victory over the Wings four nights later. Rookie Shakira Austin, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2022 draft, scored a season-high 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor in the latter contest.


Dallas (12-15) posted just its third win in its past nine games with a 96-86 victory over the reeling Indiana Fever on Sunday.

Arike Ogunbowale scored 16 of her 22 points in the second half and Teaira McCowan had 17 points and seven rebounds against her former team.


"Our confidence level is at an all-time high," McCowan said. "We're the type of team that whenever we see someone getting down ... somebody is always there to bring them back."

Ogunbowale erupted for 27 points in the first meeting with Washington, while Marina Mabrey had 16 in the setback to the Mystics.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Washington Mystics
78
80
Dallas Wings

Washington Mystics vs. Dallas Wings

Rookie Tyasha Harris canned a jumper and a 3-pointer in overtime Friday night as the Dallas Wings recovered from blowing a 23-point third-quarter lead to stop the Washington Mystics 101-92 in Bradenton, Fla.

WNBA scoring leader Arike Ogunbowale paced five players in double figures for Dallas (5-8) with 24 points, adding nine assists. Isabelle Harrison scored 19 points, while Marina Mabrey added 17 before fouling out. Kayla Thornton hit for 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Harris finished with 10 points.

Myisha Hines-Allen poured in a game-high 35 points and added 12 rebounds for Washington, forcing overtime on a driving layup through traffic with 1:04 remaining. Ariel Atkins scored 18 points, while Tianna Hawkins and reserve Alaina Coates each netted 11. Kiara Leslie came off the bench to tally 10 points.

The Wings never trailed in overtime, outscoring the Mystics 13-4. Harrison put them ahead 15 seconds into the extra frame with a free throw. Washington managed just one field goal in OT -- Atkins' 3-pointer with 21.2 seconds left.

Dallas wasted no time setting the tone for most of the game. The Wings needed less than five minutes to open up a double-figure lead, as Ogunbowale drained a 3-pointer for an 18-6 advantage at the 5:15 mark.

Another 3 by Katie Lou Samuelson gave Dallas a 28-17 lead at the first quarter's end, and the lead only grew in the second quarter. Dallas kept bombing away from the arc as Washington wasn't able to contest its 25-footers.

Thornton drilled three 3-pointers in the half's final 1:41, her last one coming with 4.8 seconds left to give her 16 points and give the Wings a 56-36 halftime cushion. Dallas converted 56.3 percent of its first-half shots, including 9 of 15 from the 3-point line.

The margin reached 65-42 in the third quarter before the Mystics finally made a significant push. Hines-Allen tallied eight points in the final 88 seconds of the period, including a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining to pull Washington within 76-65.

--Field Level Media
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