The Washington Mystics (21-8) will face the Los Angeles Sparks (18-10) for the third time this season and the first time at home Tuesday evening. In their first matchup in June, Washington beat Los Angeles 81-52 but then lost to them in July 98-81.
When: Tuesday August 27 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena
How to watch: ESPN2, NBA TV Canada
Mystics: Kiara Leslie (Knee, Out), Kristi Toliver (Knee, Out)
Sparks: Karlie Samuelson (Knee, Out)
L.A. heads into town with confidence — Not only did the Sparks beat the Mystics in their last matchup in July but they also pulled off an impressive 84-72 win against Connecticut on Sunday. In the past week alone, they’ve won their last three games, secured a playoff spot, and have Riquna Williams back in the lineup.
Riquna Williams continues hot streak after her suspension — After serving a 10-game suspension due to a domestic violence incident, Williams is back like she never left. In the Sparks’ most recent win against the Sun, she put up a team-high 21 points. And Williams has had plenty of games this season where she has led her team offensively.
Riquna William's fifth 3-pointer gives her 21 points, her third time eclipsing the 20 point mark this season. @LA_Sparks— Eli Horowitz (@CoachHorowitz13) August 25, 2019
In the Mystics’ last matchup agains the Sparks in July, Williams was a problem since she made five three pointers and ended the game with 19 points. Bottom line: Williams can score many points in a hurry.
Masked EDD is here to the rescue but Toliver won’t be — In the first minute of their matchup on July 7, Elena Delle Donne suffered a nasal fracture which took her out of the game. It was evident that losing her shook up the Mystics’ confidence and they ultimately lost 98-81 in Los Angeles. This time, she’ll be back and in her mask.
Washington won’t have Toliver in all likelihood but Aerial Powers has filled in quite nicely. She has consistently put up double figures the past seven games and has been a momentum-changer.
Finally, Emma Meesseman plays against L.A. for the first time this season, giving the frontcourt even more depth. She scored double digits in seven of her last eight games and is the team’s third leading scorer as 12.3 points per game.