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Mystics vs. Dream preview: Washington looks to avenge preseason loss to Atlanta

The Mystics are off to a one-game road trip.

Atlanta Dream v Washington Mystics Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Game Info

When: Sunday, June 13 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Gateway Center Arena @ College Park, Atlanta, GA

How to watch: NBA TV, Bally Sports South, TSN2

Injury Report

Mystics: Sydney Wiese (Ankle, Out); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Natasha Cloud (Hip Flexor; Probable): Alysha Clark (Foot, Out for season)

Dream: Chennedy Carter (Elbow, Gametime decision)

Pregame notes

The Washington Mystics (4-5) are facing the Atlanta Dream (4-6) for the first time in the regular season. They did matchup against the Dream in their first preseason game, which resulted in a 87-80 loss for Washington. Washington didn’t have their final roster at that time and have started to really come together since.

The Mystics are coming off a Thursday night 89-71 win against the Los Angels Sparks. Ariel Atkins, who is having the best season of her career, led her team with 23 points. She also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. What’s even more impressive is that she shot 70 percent from the field and 60 percent from beyond the arc. Tina Charles double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds put her past Lisa Leslie as second on the WNBA’s double-double list. Charles is currently leading the league in scoring with 25.2 points per game. The Sparks were led by Te’a Cooper, who scored a team-high 11 points and the only other player to score in double-figures was reserve Brittany Sykes. Los Angeles was without Nneka Ogwumike, Chiney Ogwumike and Jasmine Walker, who are all sidelined with knee injuries.

The Atlanta Dream is guard-heavy and they can run the ball so the Mystics are going to have to be ready to move quickly. It’s unclear if Chennedy Carter will suit up for Sunday’s game due to an elbow injury but they’ll have Aari McDonald, Courtney Williams, Odyssey Sims and big guard Tiffany Hayes available. Hayes is leading the Dream in scoring with 17.8 points per game but on any given night, she can put up 20-plus points. There has been only one game this season, which was the Dream’s opener where she didn’t score in double-figures.

Atlanta is looking to bounce back after losing back-to-back games against the Seattle Storm and the Minnesota Lynx.

A win on Sunday would mean a three-game streak for the Mystics. It will also help even out a rough start they had to begin this regular season.