The Mystics (11-6) will face the Lynx (10-9) for the first time this season. Minnesota has lost their last two games while the Mystics have won the past two games.
When: Wednesday July 24 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
How to watch: NBA TV, Fox Sports GO, CBS Sports Network, Monumental. SN1
Mystics: Ariel Atkins (Achilles tendonitis, Questionable), Kiara Leslie (Knee, Out)
Lynx: Karima Christmas-Kelly (Knee, Out), Kelsey Griffin (Out), Jessica Shepard (Knee, Out), Seimone Augustus (Knee, Out), Maya Moore (Personal, Out)
Masked Delle Donne is a problem — Since coming back from a broken nose and concussion protocol, Delle Donne has put on incredible performances. In the Mystics’ overtime win against Indiana last Friday she had 28 points and 8 rebounds. She followed that up with 28 points and 15 rebounds against the Atlanta Dream. It was no surprise she was named Player of the Week for the third time this season.
She’s single-handedly kept her team afloat the past two games. The Mystics need her and are in a better position to win when she’s on the floor.
Aerial Powers shows resilience despite hard fouls — Powers endured several hard fouls last game on Sunday. And, surprisingly, she got up every time. If there was any question about her toughness before the Mystics game against the Dream, there isn’t now. She found her way to put up 17 points last game.
Minnesota has plenty of offensive depth — The Mystics need to contain Odyssey Sims and Sylvia Fowles as they are leading the Lynx with 15.3 and 14.3 points per game respectively. But Washington will have their hands full because Minnesota does have depth. Lexie Brown, Napheesa Collier, Stephanie Talbot, and Danielle Robinson are all capable of putting up double-digit point on any given night.