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Mystics vs. Sky preview: Washington looks to beat Chicago for the first time this season

The Mystics have lost their last 5 games…

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The Washington Mystics (4-12) are facing the Chicago Sky (11-7) Friday night.

Game Info

When: Friday, September 4 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida

How to watch: NBC Sports Washington; Twitter; WNBA League Pass; The U

Injury Report

Mystics: Natasha Cloud (Personal, Out); LaToya Sanders (Personal, Out); Tina Charles (Medical, Out); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Aerial Powers (Hamstring, Out); Stella Johnson (Ankle, Out)

Sky: Diamond DeShields (Personal, Out); Azura Stevens (Knee, Out)

Pregame notes

The Mystics and Sky are meeting for the second time in the Bubble. In their first matchup on the season back in August, the Sky won in a close 88-96 game. Ariel Atkins and Aerial Powers led the charge with 24 and 20 points respectively. Chicago had 5 players score in double-digits and were able to outscore Washington in three quarters.

This matchup will be a bit different as the Mystics are without Powers due to season-ending hamstring injury and without Essence Carson and Shey Peddy due to roster changes. They had added Alecia Sutton and Jacki Gemelos since their last matchup. Chicago will be without Diamond DeShields because she is not currently in the Bubble. It is unclear when and if she will be back for the game or even the season. Prior to her departure DeShields was having the worst season of her career, averaging 6.8 points. Last season, she averaged 16.2 points per game.

The Mystics have lost their last five games while the Sky, who is currently ranked fifth in regular season standings, dropped their last two games. The Mystics put up a good fight in their last game against Seattle so Chicago shouldn’t expect to win without a fight.