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Washington Mystics vs. Las Vegas Aces - 9/19/19 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Las Vegas Aces at Washington Mystics
Date & Time Thursday September 19, 2019, 8:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Entertainment and Sports Arena
Washington, DC
The Line
The Line: Washington Mystics -9 -- Over/Under: 175
TV Channel
ESPN2, TSN3
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The Las Vegas Aces and Washington Mystics meet Thursday in game two of the WNBA semifinals at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.

The Las Vegas Aces need a win here to even up the series before going home for game three. The Las Vegas Aces are averaging 82.9 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 79.7 points on 40.2 percent shooting. A'ja Wilson is averaging 16.5 points and 6.4 rebounds while Liz Cambage is averaging 15.9 points and 8.2 rebounds. Kayla McBride is the third double-digit scorer and Dearica Hamby is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The Las Vegas Aces are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Las Vegas Aces are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The Las Vegas Aces have lost seven of their last 10 road games.

The Washington Mystics can take a comfortable 2-0 series lead with a victory here. The Washington Mystics are averaging 89.5 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 77.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Elena Delle Donne is averaging 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds while Emma Meesseman is averaging 13.1 points and 3.2 assists. Kristi Toliver is the third double-digit scorer and Aerial Powers is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Washington Mystics are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 87.7 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Mystics are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game. The Washington Mystics haven’t lost a home game since July 13.

The Aces are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. The Mystics are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 home games. The Aces are 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Washington and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The over is 16-7 in Mystics last 23 overall. The over is 11-2-1 in Aces last 14 overall.

The last two meetings between the Aces and Mystics have been decided by a combined six points, and the Aces probably win game one if they weren't so sloppy with the basketball. The Washington Mystics are still winning at home by an average of 16.7 points, but the spotty defense will allow a team as talented as the Aces to hang around. This has the potential to be another nail biter, so I want the points in my back pocket. 

Pick:
Las Vegas Aces +9

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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