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Mystics vs. Aces Preview: Washington must remain in winning form as they host Las Vegas

Washington fights to remain in the top 8, while Las Vegas is fighting for just a place...

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The Mystics (15-11) return home briefly Friday night to host the Aces (12-14). Washington is coming off a victory in Atlanta after the All-Star break, while Las Vegas lost Wednesday at home to the Phoenix Mercury.

In their last meeting the Aces prevailed in a 85-73 victory as Washington was missing key players: Elena Delle Donne and Natasha Cloud. Things are a lot different now.

Game Info

When: Friday, August 2 at 7 P.M. ET 8 P.M. ET

Where: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

How to watch: NBA TV | NBC Sports Washington


Mystics: None

Aces: Isabelle Harrison (Out, Personal Reasons)

Pregame Notes

Reduce A’ja Wilson’s momentum; force others to step up

The biggest asset for Las Vegas is none other than rookie phenom A’ja Wilson who has proven to be very dominant in the paint and can get to the line when need be. Wilson is the Aces’ leading scorer and rebounder averaging 20.3 and 8.5 respectively. Big key for a Mystics win is to stop or at least contain Wilson, forcing other teammates to pick up the pace.

In their last meeting, Wilson scored 26 points and 12 rebounds along with three blocked shots. She even went 14-of-18 from the line as well. Washington has a healthy enough squad in Delle Donne and LaToya Sanders to keep tabs on Wilson’s every move.

Every game counts...

It’s down to the wire. Including Friday night’s game, the Mystics have eight games remaining in the regular season. That’s just enough for Washington to sink or swim. Looking at May through July, the Mystics have only won five games in each month. If Washington performs with the same attitude they may stay afloat, but this season is a tough one in comparison to to other teams.

Washington’s remaining schedule:

LAV Aces (8/3) Home

DAL Wings (8/5) Away

PHX Mercury (8/7) Away

SEA Storm (8/9) Home

DAL Wings (8/12) Home

IND Fever (8/15) Away

LA Sparks (8/17) Home

MIN Lynx (8/19) Away