Washington Mystics vs Atlanta Dream Preview
Mystics 0-1 vs Dream 1-1
When: Saturday, June 1st, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Monumental Entertainment and Sports Arena
TV: WNBA League Pass/ NBC Sports Washington / WSB Now
Mystics: Kiara Leslie – (Out, Torn Meniscus in right knee), Aerial Powers (Out, Left Gluteal injury), Elena Delle Donne (Doubtful, Knee)
69.0 - points per game
84.0 - points against
37.5 - Field goal %
71.0 - points per game
77.0 - points against
37.5 - field goal %
Keep an eye on:
Pace: Atlanta is coming to town on a back to back and will be a little fatigued, a fast pace from Washington should work to their benefit. The Mystics guards Tasha Cloud, Kristi Toliver and Ariel Atkins can push the rock with the best of them and with bigs like Emma Meesseman, Latoya Sanders, Tianna Hawkins and Myisha Hines-Allen, who can run the floor and finish, the Mystics have an opportunity to put Atlanta on their heels from the opening tip.
Ball Movement: kills the Dream physically imposing defense. It creates mismatches with their bigs having to defend a lot out on the perimeter and their guards having to defend forwards and centers in the post. In a win over the Wings, the Dream allowed 18 assist on 26 baskets. Keep in mind, this is with all-star point guard Skylar Diggins-Smith sidelined. In a loss to the Storm, Atlanta allowed 23 assist on 30 made field goals with most of the damage done in the paint. This should be a fun game for Tasha Cloud who is averaging a league leading 8 assist per game.