Two teams that sat on opposite sides of the Eastern Conference last season are clashing today, when the Washington Mystics, who made it all the way to the league semifinals before getting eliminated by the upcoming champions Lynx, are hosting the Indiana Fever, who will be playing their second game this season and are coming off an 18-point defeat in the season opener. WNBA Indiana Fever vs Washington Mystics Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 05-20-2017 13:00 EDT
Spread: Washington Mystics -12
Washington Mystics finished last season with an 18-16 record. And owned the third best mark in the East and sixth best mark in the league overall. In the playoffs they eliminated Dallas in the first round with an 86-76 score and New York in the second round with an 82-68 score before getting swept by Minnesota in the semifinals 3-0 wins. They were led in scoring by Elena Delle Donne with 19.7 ppg, adding 6.8 rebounds per game. She was followed by Emma Meesseman with 14.1 ppg and 5.7 rebounds, while Tayler Hill added 13.3 ppg.
Indiana Fever are 0-1 this season, having lost their previous game at home against the Sky with a 64-82 score. Last season they had a 9-25 record and were placed in the last place of the East and second to last in the whole league. Only San Antonio Stars had a worse record in the whole WNBA (8-26). They are led in scoring by Candice Dupree with 14 ppg, adding a team high 8 rebounds per game. She is followed by Erica Wheeler with 13 ppg and a team high 4 assists per game.
Mystics won all four meetings against the Fever last season, winning at home by an average of 19 points. Mystics were 11-6 at home last season, while Fever were 3-14 on the road (tied for second-worse). Last season Mystics were better both offensively, scoring 81.7 ppg to Fever’s second-worse of 75.1 and defensively, allowing 81 ppg to Fever’s third-worse of 84.3. Fever had a better field goal percentage (42.9% to 41.6%), while Mystics had a better 3-point percentage (31.7% to 30.9%). Mystics were also better in rebounding, grabbing a second-best 36.3 to Fever’s league-low of 28.2, in assists made (16.4 to 15) and in turnovers committed (12.1 to 13.6). Mystics were the better squad last season and Fever started this season in a weakly fashion. Vegas odds give Washington a -12 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Indiana Fever vs Washington Mystics Prediction: Washington Mystics -12 (-109)
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