Washington Mystics vs. Connecticut Sun: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 17, 2024

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May 17, 2024 8:30 AM
On Friday, May 17, the Washington Mystics (0-1) look to bounce back from their season-opening loss as they take on the undefeated Connecticut Sun (1-0) at Mohegan Sun Arena. Following a strong 20-point performance from Mystics' guard Ariel Atkins, Washington aims to secure their first win of the season against a tough Connecticut team that has started strong. Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM.
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Washington Mystics Analysis

Heading into their matchup against the Connecticut Sun, the Washington Mystics will be relying heavily on the scoring prowess of Ariel Atkins, who's averaging an impressive 20.0 points per game. However, it's the all-around game of Brittney Sykes that could be the X-factor for the Mystics. Not only is Sykes dishing out a team-high 7.0 assists per game, but she's also hauling in 10.0 rebounds per contest, giving Washington a significant advantage on the boards. If Sykes can continue to dominate in multiple facets of the game, it could be a long night for the Sun.

Connecticut Sun Analysis

As the Washington Mystics prepare to face the Connecticut Sun, they'll need to be wary of the Sun's balanced attack. DeWanna Bonner, the Sun's leading scorer, is averaging 20 points per game and will be a focal point for the Mystics' defense. Meanwhile, Alyssa Thomas is doing it all for the Sun, leading the team in both assists (13.0 per game) and rebounds (10.0 per game). The Mystics will need to find a way to contain Thomas's all-around skills and limit Bonner's scoring opportunities if they hope to come out on top in this matchup.

Connecticut Sun Injuries

  • Olivia Nelson-Ododa (F): Day-To-Day
  • Moriah Jefferson (G): Day-To-Day

Washington Mystics Injuries

  • Shakira Austin (C): Day-To-Day

How to Watch the Washington Mystics vs Connecticut Sun

The Washington Mystics vs. Connecticut Sun game will be televised on ION and is scheduled for Fri 7:30 PM.

Washington Mystics vs Connecticut Sun Betting Odds

The Connecticut Sun are favored to win, with a current spread of -9.5 points, and the over/under is set at 158.5 points. The Sun were initially heavy favorites, listed at -700 to win, indicating a high likelihood of them emerging victorious.

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Washington Mystics vs Connecticut Sun Prediction

I'm predicting a thrilling 85-79 Connecticut Sun victory, because clearly the only thing more certain than the sun rising tomorrow is the Sun's dominance on the court tonight!

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