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Mystics vs. Dream preview: Washington looks to beat Atlanta in home-opener

It’s only right that the Mystics commence their ‘run it back’ season at their new arena.

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The Mystics host the Dream tomorrow in their first game at their new home, the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Here’s the preview!

Game Info

When: Saturday June 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.

How to watch: League Pass, NBC Sports Washington, WSB Now

Injury Report

Mystics: Kristi Toliver (Right quad contusion, Day-to-day), Kiara Leslie (Knee, Out), Aerial Powers (Gluteal injury, Out), Elena Delle Donne (Knee, Probable)

Dream: Angel McCoughtry (Knee, Out)

Pregame notes

The Mystics have a new home

Saturday marks the Mystics’ inaugural season at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The venue, which holds up to 4,200 fans, will offer the team a greater home-court advantage and overall atmosphere than Capital One Arena because they will have the chance to sell out most games, if not all of them

All of Atlanta’s players can and will contribute

In the Dream’s first regular season game, which resulted in a win, all players saw the floor and scored. The Mystics need to make sure that they are ready in the backcourt and are especially prepared to lock in on Jessica Breland, Brittney Sykes, and Renee Montgomery defensively as they all posted double-digits in points in their last game against Dallas.

Washington needs to avenge their first loss of the season

After losing to Connecticut on the road last Saturday by 15 points, the Mystics need to focus and arrive at their new arena prepared. Luckily for them, they beat Atlanta by 9 points two weeks ago in a preseason game so they already know what they are up against. Even if Toliver and Delle Donne sit out this game, the Mystics should absolutely be able to compete with Atlanta.

The Mystics need Cloud offensively

In their last match-up, Cloud only posted 6 points and 2 rebounds. What was impressive was that she led the team with 8 assists. While it’s great she’s sharing the ball, it’d be even better to see her attempt and make a few more shots.

She was 0-4 from the 3-point line and 2-7 from the field in all 30 minutes she was on the floor. Cloud is coming off a career best average from the field of 43.6 percent in the 2018 season so there’s no reason why she should lack any confidence.