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Mystics at Wings preview: Washington looks to get win to close out Labor Day Weekend

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Two skidding teams meet each other right before Labor Day

odyssey sims Stewart W. Small

The Washington Mystics are 10-17 and will play the Dallas Wings on the road on Sunday afternoon. Both teams have been skidding lately, so the winner of this game may really be a loser if you are a proponent of “tanking” that is.

Game Info

When: September 4, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. ET

Where: College Park Center, Arlington, Texas

Streaming: WNBA League Pass

TV: NBA TV

Injury Report

Bria Hartley is out due to pregnancy for the Mystics. The Stars look good to go.

Storylines

The Styx are down but still not out - As of the time of this writing, the Mystics are 10-17, 10th place in the WNBA. They’re just half a game behind the Seattle Storm for the last playoff spot so expect Washington to continue to compete until otherwise.

The Wings are in free fall like the Mystics - Dallas has lost 10 straight games, falling from the playoff pack to 11th place in the WNBA with a 9-20 record. The Mystics have lost nine of their last ten.

Dallas has a tendency to crash the boards to a fault - Controlling rebounds is just one way for a team to influence the outcome of a close game. Offensive rebounds in particular are considered hustle stats which are rewarded. But what if teams crash the boards a bit more than normal?

The Wings are an example of such a team. They are second in the WNBA for offensive rebound percentage at 30.2 percent. Players like Courtney Paris and Glory Johnson are good at rebounding and contribute to that stat. That said, the Wings tend to use “board crashing” as a tactic which can work at times, but it could also get guards out of position. Jake Bangert of Mavs Moneyball detailed whether offensive rebounds are that influential in the first place.

Assuming Dallas continues this tonight, the Mystics could either be annihilated on the glass if they miss the 50/50 balls and lose. Or they could get a lot of fast break points and win.