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Mystics vs. Lynx preview: Washington looks to beat Minnesota for the third time this season

The Mystics are hitting the road for a one-game business trip.

Minnesota Lynx v Washington Mystics Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

The Mystics (18-7) will face the Lynx (13-12) for the third time during this regular season. Their preseason matchup resulted in a loss for the Mystics, but they followed with two wins when it counted. Now, they have a chance to extend their wins against the Lynx to three.

Game Info

When: Friday August 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Target Center

How to watch: League Pass, Fox Sports GO (Minnesota), Monumental

Injury Report

Mystics: Kiara Leslie (Knee, Out), Kristi Toliver (Knee, Out)

Lynx: Karima Christmas-Kelly (Knee, Out), Kelsey Griffin (Out), Jessica Shepard (Knee, Out), Seimone Augustus (Knee, Out),

Pregame notes

In Aerial Powers We Trust

Aerial Powers is a special player and we’re watching her come to that realization in real time. Her grit and will to get up after getting knocked down by opponents sets an important message for her teammates and shows fans that she’ll do whatever it takes to help her team succeed in any and every possession.

Powers has taken full advantage of starting the past two games and has proved that she deserves to be on the floor at tip-off. In the Mystics’ last win against Seattle, she led her team with 16 points. What was most impressive was her hustle and confidence going to the basket. The game before that she dropped 20 points.

Minnesota is looking to avenge it’s Sunday loss to the Mystics

It’ll be the second time the Mystics and Lynx play each other in six days and there’s and there’s no doubt the 23-point loss isn’t sitting well with Minnesota. Odyssey Sims led her team with 20 while Sylvia Fowles struggled with 3 points in the 23 minutes she was on the floor. The Center, who averages 13.8 points per game has scored 7 and 3 points respectively in her last two games. In order for Minnesota to have a chance at not getting beat by 20-plus points again, they need Fowles to have a better game offensively.