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Seattle Storm vs. Washington Mystics - 9/9/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Mystics (26-15) vs. Seattle Storm (30-10)
Date & Time Sunday September 9, 2018, 3:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Seattle Storm -5 -- Over/Under: 167.5
TV Channel
ABC
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WNBA | Washington Mystics (26-15) vs. Seattle Storm (30-10)
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The Washington Mystics and Seattle Storm meet Sunday in game two of the WNBA Finals at the Key Arena.  

The Washington Mystics would love to tie up the series at 1-1 before going home for game three on Wednesday. The Washington Mystics are averaging 82 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 79 points on 44.7 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 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 85.8 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Mystics are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game. The Washington Mystics have won six of their last nine road games.   

The Seattle Storm have a chance to take a commanding 2-0 series lead to inch closer to a WNBA title. The Seattle Storm are averaging 87.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 79.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Breanna Stewart is averaging 22 points and 8.6 rebounds while Jewell Loyd is averaging 15.8 points and 3.8 assists. Natasha Howard is the third double-digit scorer and Sue Bird is dishing 7.1 assists. The Seattle Storm are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.7 percent from the free throw line. The Seattle Storm are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.4 rebounds per game. The Seattle Storm have won each of their last eight home games.

The Mystics are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 road games and 10-5 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Storm are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference and 17-7-1 ATS in their last 25 games overall. The Mystics are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Seattle Storm have now won three of the four meetings this season against the Washington Mystics, and game one went just about as we expected. While the Mystics are capable of playing better offensively, they simply lack the defense to keep the Storm and all of their weapons in check. The Storm get whatever they want on the offensive end and eventually pull away when the other side can't keep up. The Storm scored 89 points in game one and shot just 5-13 from three. That's not a good sign for the Mystics. Give me the Storm again and the cheap chalk.

Pick:
Seattle Storm -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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