Seattle Storm (23-7) vs. Washington Mystics (18-11)
|Date & Time||Thursday August 9, 2018, 11:30 AM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Mystics +1 -- Over/Under: 170
NBA TV, MONUMENTAL
The Seattle Storm and Washington Mystics meet Thursday in WNBA action at the Capital One Arena.
The Seattle Storm look to keep the ball rolling after winning 13 of their last 15 games. The Seattle Storm are averaging 88 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 79.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Breanna Stewart is averaging 22.6 points and 8.3 rebounds while Jewell Loyd is averaging 16.2 points and 3.6 assists. Natasha Howard is the third double-digit scorer and Sue Bird is dishing 7.4 assists. The Seattle Storm are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81 percent from the free throw line. The Seattle Storm are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game. The Seattle Storm have won four straight road games.
The Washington Mystics look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Washington Mystics are averaging 84.6 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 82.5 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Elena Delle Donne is averaging 20.6 points and 7.3 rebounds while Kristi Toliver is averaging 13.9 points and 4.4 assists. Ariel Atkins is the third double-digit scorer and LaToya Sanders is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Washington Mystics are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 85.5 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Mystics are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game. The Washington Mystics have won five of their last seven home games.
The Storm are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 5-12 ATS in their last 17 Thursday games and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Mystics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Storm are 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
We've been backing the Seattle Storm pretty much all season long, and they've done nothing but cover most of the numbers you put in front of them. So, while the Mystics are playing well recently and making a playoff push, there's no reason to hop off the Storm in a near pick em. The Storm have won five of the last seven meetings against the Mystics and are outscoring teams by 14.4 points in their last five games. On the road, Seattle is now outscoring tams by 10.5 points. The Seattle Storm are the best and most consistent team in the league. I'll gladly take them with low chalk.