When: Thursday, June 10 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington, D.C.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington; CBS Sports Network
Mystics: Ariel Atkins (Back, Probable); Sydney Wiese (Ankle, Questionable); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Alysha Clark (Foot, Out for season)
Sparks: Chiney Ogwumike (Knee, Out); Nneka Ogwumike (Knee, Out); Jasmine Walker (Knee, Out); Maria Vadeeva (Personal, Out); Aina Ayuso (Personal, Out); Ivana Raca (Personal, Out)
The Washington Mystics are coming off a needed win over the Minnesota Lynx and hope to keep that going when facing the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday night. Tina Charles scored 31 points, Myisha Hines-Allen with 19, Ariel Atkins with 17 and Natasha Cloud with 11 points. Cloud also reached 1,000 career points and a career-high in steals with six. It definitely seemed like Washington was in sync and meshing well on the court.
As for Los Angeles, they seem a bit depleted as they’re without both Ogwumike sisters for some time. They do however have former Mystic, Kristi Toliver, who signed with the Sparks in the 2020 offseason after helping win Washington their first championship in 2019. Washington will definitely have their hands full with Toliver and Erica Wheeler. It’ll be a guard showing out type of game.
Sparks don’t have anyone who can contain Tina Charles, so be prepared for another 25+ point game from her.
It’s still early in the season for Washington to get going despite being 3-5, but we’ve seen the Mystics start off rough and come out blazing. There’s still no Elena Delle Donne for the time being, but that’s nothing new.
A win on Thursday could potentially move them to eighth place and as we all know it’s the top eight teams in the playoffs.