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Seattle Storm vs. Washington Mystics 8/21/22 WNBA Picks, Predictions, Odds

Washington Mystics vs. Seattle Storm
August 21, 2022 4:00 pm EDT
The Line: Seattle -4 / Total: 160.5
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The Seattle Storm and Washington Mystics face off on Sunday in a WNBA playoff game at Climate Pledge Arena. In Game 1 it was the Storm that were able to secure the 86-83 victory. 

The Mystics were leading into the 4th quarter, but the Storm outscored them 22-18 and that was enough to secure the victory. Elena Delle Done had a big game for the Storm, putting up 26 points and five assists. Ariel Atkins and Natasha Cloud also added 16 points. Breanna Stewart had a big game, putting up 23 points and 12 rebounds. The Storm will advance to the next round with a win in this game, while the Mystics would force a Game 3 with a win in this game. 

The Storm are averaging 85.2 points, while their defense is giving up 78.4 points per game. The offense is ranked 5th in the league, while their defense is ranked 3rd in the league. In this game, the Storm are going to need the defense to be better to really put the pressure on Washington. Stewart has been the top player for this team, averaging 21.8 points while shooting 47.2 percent from the field. Jewell Lloyd has also been a key player, averaging 16.3 points while shooting 39.6 percent from the field. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Mystics, who are averaging 80.2 points while their defense is giving up 75.9 points per game. The offense is ranked 8th in the league, while their defense is ranked 1st in the league. Elena Delle Donne has been the star of this team, averaging 17.2 points while shooting 48 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from behind the three-point line. Ariel Atkins has also been good, averaging 14.6 points while shooting 42 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from behind the three-point line. 

The Mystics lost the first game by three points, and I expect they are going to be competitive in this game. The Mystics have proven they are a good offensive team, and they are going to find success scoring again in this game. It might not be enough to win this game, but it’s going to be enough to cover the spread. Back the Mystics against the spread. 

Shane Mickle's Free Pick:
Mystics +4
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