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Mystics vs. Lynx preview: Washington goes for fourth consecutive win against the defending champions

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The Mystics will play the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday.

WNBA: Washington Mystics at Minnesota Lynx Michael Zamora-USA TODAY Sports

The Mystics host the Lynx on Sunday. Here is what to look for.

Washington Mystics (3-0) vs. Minnesota Lynx (2-1)

When: Sunday May 27 at 3 p.m. EST

Where: Capital One Arena

How to watch: NBC Sports Washington has the game on D.C. area television, while WNBA League Pass will stream the game anywhere else.

Injuries: Tayler Hill is out due to rehab, while LaToya Sanders is questionable for the Mystics. The Lynx should have everyone ready to go.

Storylines to follow

Is Washington ready to take on a top tier opponent? The Mystics have not performed as well as desired in their first three games of the season. Sure, they lead the WNBA standings and a 3-0 record is a 3-0 record. But a slow start against the Lynx will almost definitely mean a blowout loss.

Can the Mystics control Sylvia Fowles? The 2017 WNBA MVP is averaging 17.7 points and 14.3 rebounds in the first three games of Minnesota’s 2018 season. So far, Krystal Thomas hasn’t played quite like she did in Turkey during the winter though Tianna Hawkins has started the year on the right note. How will the Mystics’ collection of posts keep the Lynx’s frontcourt in check is still a mystery.

Will the Mystics win?

No. The Mystics will probably lose on Sunday to the Lynx. They have more talent than in previous seasons, but this team failed to put together a wire to wire win against two lottery bound opponents. When the Mystics are expected to contend for a semifinals appearance and possibly more, failing to blow out lottery teams once is a concern.

I would love to be wrong of course, but I just don’t see this happening.