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Atlanta Dream vs. Washington Mystics - 9/4/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Mystics (25-14) vs. Atlanta Dream (25-13)
Date & Time Tuesday September 4, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
The Line
The Line: Atlanta Dream +2.5 -- Over/Under: 163.5
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The Washington Mystics and Atlanta Dream meet Tuesday in game five of the WNBA semifinals at the McCamish Pavilion.

The Washington Mystics will reach their first ever WNBA Finals appearance with a victory here. The Washington Mystics are averaging 82.2 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 78.7 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Elena Delle Donne is averaging 21 points and 7.3 rebounds while Kristi Toliver is averaging 13.8 points and 4.4 assists. Ariel Atkins is the third double-digit scorer and LaToya Sanders is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Washington Mystics are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 86.2 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Mystics are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The Washington Mystics have won five of their last seven road games.

The Atlanta Dream can reach their fourth WNBA Finals in franchise history and first since 2013 with a victory here. The Atlanta Dream are averaging 81.8 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 79.5 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Tiffany Hayes is averaging 17.4 points and 2.6 assists while Renee Montgomery is averaging 10.2 points and 3.5 assists. Elizabeth Williams is grabbing 5.7 rebounds and Jessica Breland is dishing 2.1 assists. The Atlanta Dream are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Dream are allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.3 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Dream have won five of their last six home games.

The Mystics are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Dream are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 home games, 17-5 ATS in their last 22 Tuesday games and 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Atlanta and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Washington Mystics have been the better team in this series, have won six of the last 10 meetings against the Dream and have their best player back in Delle Donne. When the Mystics have had their best player, they've controlled the game and gotten whatever they want on the offensive end. The Dream getting a free bucket at home with a finals trip on the line is worth a look, but the Mystics are the better team with the best player on the court. The Washington Mystics make their first ever WNBA Finals.

Pick:
Washington Mystics -2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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