The Washington Mystics will face the Minnesota Lynx for the next WNBA game tonight with the intention of establishing their standing in the Eastern Conference and improving their chances of making the playoffs. The Mystics must recover from their disappointing loss to the Mercury in their previous game.
The Minnesota Lynx upset the Indiana Fever on Friday, while the Washington Mystics are coming off a road loss to the Phoenix Mercury of 80-75. The last time these two teams faced off, Washington dominated, although Minnesota was missing Sylvia Fowles. Both Shakira Austin’s shooting skills and defensive prowess will be challenged. The Washington Mystics are currently having a successful campaign. They presently hold the third spot in the Eastern Conference with a record of 15-11. This year, they’ve kept up a strong 7-4 home record.
The Minnesota Lynx are currently experiencing a difficult season. They are presently in last place in the Western Conference with a record of 10-16. In its last four games, Minnesota has won three of them. They currently have a 4-8 record in away games. Washington has a habit of defeating opponents they might easily defeat and win against teams they aren’t predicted to. It’s a mystery who will appear for the Mystics in this game and take control. Every game must be played with consistency in mind, else the offseason will start too soon.
Both teams have played 41 head-to-head matches:
Minnesota Lynx: 23
Washington Mystics: 18
However, Minnesota Mystics won three matches in last five head-to-head matchups.
Comparatively, the Minnesota Lynx had a worse season than the Washington Mystics. However, the Lynx’s current appearance is excellent, and they undoubtedly have the power to surprise the opponents. The Lynx also requires a lot more victories in the coming weeks in order to elevate their standing in the Western Conference. For this clash, the Mystics are favored by every prediction.
Washington Mystics: Ariel Atkins, Natasha Cloud, Elena Delle Donne, Alysha Clarke, Shakira Austin
Minnesota Lynx: Aerial Powers, Moriah Jefferson, Kayla McBride, Damiris Dantas, Sylvia Fowles