LVA vs WAS Dream11: The WNBA is in its halfway stages and in a two weeks space, we will be rolling out through the WNBA All-Star Game. The All-Star Game will feature regulars like Nneka Ogwumike, Sylvia Fowles, Breanna Stewart, and A’ja Wilson but there have been some first-timers like Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young, with the reserve players yet to be announced. Talking about these last three players, the Las Vegas Aces will take on the Washington Mystics.
The Aces have put up the best record, winning 13 out of 16 games and boasting of the best offense in the league. However, they were taken aback by the Sky in the last game as they lost after taking a 28-point lead. The final scoreline read 95:104 in favor of the Sky despite Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young both scoring in excess of 20 points. On the other hand, the Mystics have not played their best ball recently, but despite that, they have won 11 out of 20 games.
Host: Las Vegas Aces
Visitors: Washington Mystics
Match Timing: 26 June, @ 07:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Michelob Ultra Arena
Aces are too loaded
The Aces seem to be most loaded team in the league and they are deep in terms of their position-wise effectiveness. With Plum and Young having breakout seasons, the load on A’ja Wilson has slashed significantly whereas the presence of veteran Gray keeps the team afloat when the offense is stagnating a bit. Dearica Hamby has been a huge factor on the rebounding end and overall, the Aces have incredible athleticism, size, speed, and versatility to tackle most of the squads in the league.
Mystics need to do better offensively
The Mystics are certainly much better than last season, especially on the defensive end. However, their defense has been one of the worst in the league. They have been unable to get multiple players in rhythm on the offensive end and the lack of production from Cloud and Atkins has certainly hurt. Myisha Hines-Allen has done a decent job recently and with Elena Delle-Donne, the team does look better offensively, but overall, the Mystics have been looking a bit too vulnerable at times.
Highest scorer: Kelsey Plum: 27
Highest rebounder: Dearica Hamby: 11
Top assists maker: Kelsey Plum: 8
Score Prediction: Aces 85 Sky 80
Las Vegas Aces Teams News:
Aces Expected Starting Five
Two-Way Star Forward: PF: A’ja Wilson
Athletic Rebounding Forward: F: Dearica Hamby
Veteran Playmaking Guard: PG: Chelsea Gray
Sharp-Shooting Playmaking Guard: PG: Kelsey Plum
Athletic All-Around Guard: SG: Jackie Young
BENCH: Kiah Stokes, Riquna Williams, Theresa Plaisance, Sydney Colson, Aisha Sheppard, Kierstan Bell.
Washington Mystics News
No reports of injury at the time of writing.
Mystics Expected Starting Five
Slashing Wing: SF: Alysha Clark
Veteran All-Star Scorer: 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, Myisha Hines-Allen.
Forward Elena has been having another fantastic season and she has gotten it done as a scorer for most parts. I believe she will be in 17-24 points and 5-9 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-40
Guard Kelsey is amidst an MVP-like season and she has become one of the best scorers and playmakers in the league. I believe she will be in 20+ points and 6+ assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-46
Guard Cloud has been the leading playmaker but her lack of scoring has now become a cause of concern. I believe the two-way guard will be in 9-15 points and 6-9 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-33
Forward A’ja is an elite producer on both ends of the floor and she is one of the best players in the league. I believe she will be in 17-26 points, 9-14 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 37-51
Forward Clark brings a lot of experience on both ends of the floor and her production has been incredible lately. I believe she will be in 10-16 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 1-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31
Guard Jackie has taken her game to another level and is having a season of her life. She recovered from her injury in terms of playing form in the last game and can be expected to be in 18-24 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-44
PG: K Plum(PP)
SG: C Gray
SF: J Young, A Clark
PF: D Hamby, T Hawkins
C: A Wilson(SP), M Hines-Allen
PG: N Cloud
SG: C Gray
SF: J Young(PP), A Clark
PF: D Hamby, E Delle-Donne(SP), T Hawkins
C: M Hines-Allen
Elena Delle-Donne taking on A’ja Wilson in a classic scenario, surely, a must-watch, isn’t it? You can catch this brilliant battle on the WNBA League Pass, a space for all the live games and their replays if you can’t get to the game. To watch the highlights, visit the official YouTube channel of the WNBA. To learn the scores, news, and stats, visit the official website of the WNBA.
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