The Mystics (9-3) will kickoff their 2-game West Coast road trip with a matchup against the Aces (7-5). It will be the second meeting between both team this season. On June 20, the Mystics beat the Aces 95-72 in Las Vegas.
When: Friday July 5 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center
How to watch: League Pass, MyLVTV, Monumental
Mystics: Kiara Leslie (Knee, Out), Emma Meesseman (Overseas Commitments), Kim Mestdagh (Overseas Commitments)
Delle Donne is putting in work — The last time the Mystics were in Vegas, Delle Donne dropped 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The forward was deservingly named Eastern Conference Player of the Month after averaging 17.2 points and 8 rebounds per game during the month of June.
This year Delle Donne has ample help from her teammates and is still managing to dominate.
Washington is well rested — ]The last time the Mystics had a game was last Saturday so even though their body clocks might be a little off due to the 3-hour time difference in Nevada, they should be ready to compete. The Mystics need to come out strong each quarter because the Aces will make them work.
Mystics are on a 5-game win streak right now — Although the Mystics are playing some great basketball right now, despite not having Emma Meesseman and Mestdagh due to overseas commitments, they need to not get too ahead of themselves. They’re going to have to keep grinding in the quest to “run it back.”
Don’t let the Aces’ top scorers get hot — In their last matchup, the Mystics held Hamby and McBride, who are averaging double-figures, to single-digit points. To make things worse, Kelsey Plum, did not score a point. Washington couldn’t stop A’ja Wilson as she went off for 28 points. Liz Cambage was the only other player to score in double-digits with 14 points.
If the Mystics can contain a few of the Aces’ top scorers again then winning shouldn’t be an issue. But if Plum, McBride, and Hamby have better performances this time around, the Mystics will have to go blow-for-blow to come out on top.