CHI vs WAS Dream11: We have seen the WNBA scene heat up in the first quarter of the Regular Season and there is bound to be more coming on our way. The Aces and the Sun seem to have emerged as the top contenders to win it all this season but there are other teams on the rise too. The reigning champions Chicago Sky can be counted among them too and as they meet Washington Mystics, it will be a fun battle.
The Sky has begun from where they left off last season and have won seven of his ten games. They are on a three-game winning streak, being amidst an incredible run. On the other hand, the Washington Mystics have done a much better job of starting the season compared to last season as they have begun with seven wins and five losses. The Mystics and the Sky met during their last games and in that game, the Sky rattled the Mystics ship beating them 91:82 behind an incredibly balanced scoring effort. Can the Mystics take revenge?
Host: Chicago Sky
Visitors: Washington Mystics
Match Timing: 9 June, @ 05:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Entertainment & Sports Arena
Sky has great balance, Mystics need Elena Della-Donne
The Sky has built a team where they don’t have to rely on that one player who has to heat up for a big night. From their One-Guard to the Middle players, the scoring balance has been amazing being mostly in the 10-15 points range. If we talk about the passing, while Courtney Vandersloot has been the leading assists maker, Parker and Messeman have given a ton of handovers too. The biggest surprise has been the bench guard duo of Gardner and Evans, who are well supported by Azure Stevens. Seriously, the team is loaded with talent and is deeper than most teams off the bench.
The Mystics look like a better unit when Elena Della-Donne, without her they have lost two and won two games. Elena brings stable scoring, can rebound well, and help out on the defensive end. The trouble is that apart from her, the Mystics have not identified an offensively consistent absence. Center Austin shows sparks but her game needs to be polished more. On the other hand, Myisha Hines-Allen has also not been at her best whereas both Cloud and Atkins have surprisingly been misfiring. Perhaps an extended run for Machida can help but yes, in a positive, Tianna Hawkins has shown great chops recently.
Highest scorer: Elena Della-Donne: 18
Highest rebounder: Candace Parker: 10
Top assists maker: Courtney Vandersloot: 8
Score Prediction: Sky 89 Mystics 81
Washington Mystics News
Mystics Expected Starting Five
Slashing Wing: SF: Myisha Hines-Allen
Post-Forward: PF: Elena Della-Donne
Inside Presence: C: Shakira Austin
High-Scoring Guard: SG: Ariel Atkins
Ball-Handler: PG: Natasha Cloud
BENCH: Tianna Hawkins, Rui Machida, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Kennedy Burke, Elizabeth Williams
Chicago Sky News
Sky Expected Starting Five
All-Around Forward: F: Candace Parker
All-Around Forward: F: Emma Messeman
Isolation two-way Guard: SG: Kahleah Copper
Leading Playmaker: PG: Courtney Vandersloot
Sharpshooting Guard: SG: Allie Quigley
BENCH: Kaela Davis, Azura Stevens, Dana Evans, Rebekah Gardner, Ruthy Hebard, Anneli Maley, Tina Krajisnik, Sparkle Taylor.
Parker continues to be an impressive all-around player and the veteran reads the game as well as anyone. I believe she will be in 10-16 points, 7-12 rebounds, and 4-7 assists range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-44
Forward Elena missed the last game but when she plays she is a huge factor as a scorer, showcasing brilliant footwork. I believe she will be in 16-22 points and 5-9 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-32
Guard Courtney continues to make brilliant passes and is one of the best players in the league. I believe she will be in 9-14 points and 5-8 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-32
Guard Cloud continues to be a huge factor as a playmaker, rebounder, and defender, but her offense has been a bit off. I believe she will be in 8-14 points, 5-8 assists, and 4-6 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-32
Emma has been an incredible presence, who takes her shot carefully and plays a huge percentage brand of basketball. I believe she will be in 12-18 points, 4-8 assists, and 4-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 29-41
Ariel shot just 3/12 in the last game, however, she can get it going when needed. The Mystics need her to get going and I believe she will be in 10-15 points range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 17-27
PG: C Vandersloot
SG: R Machida
SF: E Messeman
PF: C Parker(SP), T Hawkins, E Delle-Donne(PP)
C: E Williams, M Hines-Allen
PG: N Cloud(PP). R Gardner
SG: D Evans
SF: E Messeman
PF: C Parker(SP), T Hawkins
C: A Stevens, S Austin
A great prospect as Ariel Atkins takes on the loaded Sky team, do you wanna catch it? You can catch this game on the WNBA League Pass where all the WNBA action can be seen. You can watch the highlights of the game on the official YouTube of the WNBA. To learn the scores, news, and stats, visit the official website of the WNBA.