Mystics 9-5 vs Dream 5-8
When: Friday, June 30th, at 7:30p.m.
Where: Gateway Center, College Park, GA
TV: ION, WNBA League Pass
Mystics: Shakira Austin (Out, Hip ), Kristi Toliver (Out, Plantar Fasciitis)
Dream: Aari McDonald (Out, Torn Labrum)
Keep an eye on:
Free Throws: is something to keep an eye on in the Mystics match-up against the Dream. Atlanta ranks first in free throw makes per game (18.7) and free throw attempts per game (23.5) , it's a big part of their offense. Four players average between 3.5 and 5.8 free throw attempts per game for the Dream. Washington, in their recent win over Atlanta , allowed the Dream to shoot 25-35 from the charity stripe. What saved Washington was that they were shooting lights out from the field, converting 53.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from deep. The Mystics high level shooting efficiency in their blow out win over the Dream occurred at home, it's usually different on the road. Keeping Atlanta off the line should be a high priority tonight....especially being on the road.
Turnovers: is also another aspect that Washington can exploit to their advantage. The Dream comes in ranking 11th in turnovers per game, giving the ball up 15.7 times per game. Washington is first in the league in defensive rating with a 93.7 rating. Something has to give. Atlanta did a good job of taking care of the ball in their previous match-up with Washington, however, with Washington defensive capabilities, forcing the Dream into countless turnovers can help spark a good rhythm offensively for the Mystics and carry that momentum into another win. Definitely a thing to watch closely in tonights contest. Stay tuned.