Washington Mystics vs. Los Angeles Sparks: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 21, 2024

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May 21, 2024 8:12 AM
On Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 10:00 PM, the struggling Washington Mystics will clash with the Los Angeles Sparks at the Walter Pyramid. The Mystics are desperate to snap their three-game losing streak, while the Sparks look to bounce back from their own slow start to the season. In this crucial WNBA matchup, both teams will be fighting to secure their first win.
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Mystics vs Sparks statistics

Stat Mystics Sparks
Streak L3 L2
Last Ten Games 0-3 0-2
Points Per Game 77.3 81.5
Rebounds Per Game 30.3 33.0
Assists Per Game 21.3 20.0
Blocks Per Game 5.0 3.5
Steals Per Game 8.0 9.5
Field Goal % 42.4 44.9
Three Point % 35.0 37.8
Points Against 84.3 90.5

Los Angeles Sparks recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/18/24 @ Las Vegas Aces L 89-82
5/15/24 vs Atlanta Dream L 92-81
5/10/24 @ Phoenix Mercury W 98-85
5/4/24 vs Seattle Storm W 84-79
9/10/23 @ Seattle Storm W 91-89

Washington Mystics recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/19/24 vs Seattle Storm L 84-75
5/17/24 @ Connecticut Sun L 84-77
5/14/24 vs New York Liberty L 85-80
5/8/24 vs Minnesota Lynx L 83-77
5/4/24 @ Atlanta Dream L 87-84

Mystics vs Sparks predictions

As the Washington Mystics take to the court in Los Angeles, they'll be relying on key players to step up and snap their three-game losing streak. Ariel Atkins, their leading scorer, will likely look to exploit the Sparks' defense with her quick drives to the basket. I wouldn't be surprised if she drops 18 points or more, considering her 15.7 points per game average so far this season. Meanwhile, Shakira Austin, if cleared to play, will be crucial in the paint, using her rebounding prowess to give the Mystics extra possessions. Julie Vanloo's playmaking abilities will also be crucial in facilitating the Mystics' offense.

On the other side, the Los Angeles Sparks will be banking on Dearica Hamby's all-around dominance to get them their first win of the season. With an impressive 24.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, Hamby is a force to be reckoned with. Layshia Clarendon's 7.0 assists per game will be key in getting the Sparks' offense flowing, and if they can get their outside shooters going, the Sparks could be in for a big night. With the Mystics' struggling defense, it's conceivable that the Sparks could put up a big number.

Given the Sparks' home-court advantage and the Mystics' recent struggles, I think Los Angeles will come out on top in this one. Expect a high-scoring affair, but in the end, the Sparks' balanced attack will prove too much for the Mystics. I'm taking the Sparks to cover the 2.5-point spread and get their season back on track. What do you think, are you with me on this one?

Los Angeles Sparks injuries

  • Rae Burrell (G): Day-To-Day
  • Azura Stevens (F): Out

Washington Mystics injuries

  • Shakira Austin (C): Day-To-Day
  • Brittney Sykes (G): Out

Mystics vs Sparks game info

Venue Walter Pyramid
Location Long Beach, CA
Tip-off Tue 10:00 PM

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