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PHO vs WAS Dream11 Prediction WNBA Live Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Phoenix Mercury vs Washington Mystics

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PHO vs WAS Dream11: The WNBA season is reaching its halfway mark and it is clear that some teams are yet to establish a rhythm but are getting there, some like the Connecticut Sun and the Las Vegas Aces are dominating the competition. And then let us take a look at the two teams that will meet here as Phoenix Mercury will host the Washington Mystics.

The Mercury hasn’t looked the same without Britney Griner as they have lost eight of their 13 games. They started 2-8, and their defense has looked a bit suspect but they have won three in a row since. For the Mystics, things have been much better compared to last season, winning nine of their 15 games but yes, they have slipped a bit losing three of their last five games. In their last match-up, the Phoenix Mercury took the matters to Overtime and defeated the Mystics 99:90 behind an incredible 27 points performance by Skylar Diggins-Smith.

Home: Washington Mystics
Visitors: Phoenix Arena

Match Timing: 15 June, @ 05:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Entertainment & Sports Arena

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Mercury’s improving play

The Mercury has looked slow on the defensive end without Brittney Griner, someone who can both seal the paint and extend out to defend the perimeter. While Tina Charles brings superb scoring and rebounding, she doesn’t bring the defensive tools and she hasn’t been on-song on the offensive end either. However, during the last three wins, they have shown their potential to become a much better team.

Skylar Diggins-Smith has been her usual self recently, burying tough shots and also being effective defensively. Diana Taurasi remains a star player where Diamond DeShields fits well alongside these two whereas Brianna Turner is an incredible rebounder and Shey Peddy brings superb production off the bench. Still, the Mercury may not make a deep Playoffs run without getting Griner back?

Mystics are looking tough

The Mystics were not an effective squad last season and one of the reasons for that has been their defense, especially their inside defense. Last season they were among the bottom teams in terms of defense, but things have changed dramatically this season. They are number two in opponents per game and that has been their driving force.

The offense has its issues and when Elena Della-Donne isn’t playing, the team has struggled to get going at many junctures. Cloud and Atkins have been inconsistent and after falling off a bit, Myisha Hines-Allen has gained a bit of her rhythm. Alysha Clark deserves props for her two-way play. Shakira Austin in the middle has shown she can be a star in the future with her throwback paint game.

Performance Predictions

Highest scorer: Skylar Diggins-Smith: 25
Highest rebounder: Brianna Turner: 11
Top assists maker: Natasha Cloud: 7
Score Prediction: Mercury 88 Mystics 80

Phoenix Mercury vs Washington Mystics WNBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Washington Mystics News

  • Elena Della-Donne is PROBABLE for the game.

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

Phoenix Mercury Teams News:

  • Brittney Griner, Kia Nurse, Sophie Cunningham are OUT.

Mercury Expected Starting Five
Post Forward: F: Brianna Turner
High-Yielding Scorer: C: Tina Charles
Athletic Guard: G: Diamond DeShields
Isolation Scorer: PG: Skylar Diggins-Smith
Playmaking Guard: PG: Diana Taurasi

BENCH: Megan Gustafson, Krlie Samuelson, Sam Thomas, Kristine Anigwe.

WNBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Elena Della-Donne(PHO)
Points: 02
Rebounds: 01
Assists: 02
Steals: 02

Elena continues to struggle with injuries but when she is active, she is a huge factor as a scorer, rebounder, and defender. I believe she will be in 11-17 points and 6-9 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-32

Skylar Diggins-Smith(PHO)
Points: 27
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 05
Steals: 03
Skylar is an incredible scorer and is one of those fantastic rhythms she gets around midseason, she is also an incredible defender and a brilliant playmaker. I expect her to be in 20+ points 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: 38-52

Natasha Cloud(WAS)
Points: 09
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 07

Steals: 01

Cloud is a fighter on the defensive end while being tough on rebounding, and being a stellar playmaker but her scoring has suffered. I believe she will be in 9-14 points, 5-8 assists, and 5-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-34

Diana Taurasi(PHO)
Points: 20
Rebounds: 03
Assists: 07
Steals: 01
Guard Taurasi continues to showcase her prime and she has been a brilliant long-range shooter and playmaker again. I believe she will be in 17-24 points and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-42

Myisha Hines-Allen(WAS)
Points: 18
Rebounds: 10
Assists: 03
Steals: 02
Hines-Allen brings a lot of energy to the floor and after a lean period, she is doing her thing as a scorer and rebounder. I believe she will be in 12-16 points, 7-11 rebounds, and 1-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 29-41

Tina Charles(PHO)
Points: 12
Rebounds: 08
Assists: 01
Steals: 01
Blocks: 01
Charles’ shooting has been off quite a bit but she can be a factor in keeping the defenses busy while collecting boards. I expect a 11-16 points and 6-9 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-34

PHO vs WAS DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

  • Diamond DeShields(PHO) had 13 points, 3 rebounds in the last game. Diamond has given boost to the Mercury through her versatile and efficient offense. I believe she will be in 11-16 points and 4-6 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-32
  • Brianna TurnerCHI) had 9 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block in the last game. Center Brianna is an elite rebounder who primarily focuses on the inside game. I believe she will be in 8-12 points and 8-12 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 21-31
  • Shakira Austin(WAS) had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block in the last game. Paint option Shakira may be a bit erratic at times but she brings brilliant low-post moves, strong rebounding, and defense. I expect 8-14 points and 5-8 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 15-25
  • Shey Peddy(PHO) had 12 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block in the last game. Peddy is brilliant off the bench and can bring two-way production. I believe she will be in 9-15 points range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 14-25
  • Ariel Atkins(WAS) had 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists in the last game. Guard Atkins is a brilliant scorer but she has been rather way too inconsistent offensively. I believe she will be in 12-17 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 17-27
  • Alysha Clark(WAS) had 12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals in the last game. Clark has been a huge inspiration as a scorer and has picked up her game. I believe she will be in 10-14 points and 1-3 steals range.
  • Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-27
  • Shatori Walker-Kimbrough(WAS) had 9 points, 2 assists in the last game. Shatori is a brilliant defender but is seeing decreased role. I believe she will be in 7-11 points range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 10-20
  • Tianna Hawkins(WAS) had 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in the last game. Hawkins is a decent bench player. I believe she will be in 3-6 points and 2-4 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 6-15
  • Elizabeth Williams(WAS) had 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in the last game. Elizabeth is an inside player and I believe she will be in 5-8 points and 4-6 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 10-20
  • Rui Machida(WAS) had 3 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound in the last game. Machida’s minutes have reduced recently.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 6-14

PHO vs WAS Dream11 Team

(Recommended)
PG: S Diggins-Smith(SP), N Cloud
SG: D DeShields, D Taurasi(PP)
SF: A Clark
PF: B Turner
C:   M Hines-Allen, S Austin

(Alternate)
PG: S Diggins-Smith(SP)
SG: D DeShields, A Atkins
SF: A Clark
PF:  B Turner, E Delle-Donne(PP)
C:     M Hines-Allen, S Austin

Where to watch WNBA Live Score?

An exciting battle between Natasha Cloud and Diggins-Smith, two brilliant two-way players, don’t you wanna watch this? You can watch this game on the WNBA League Pass where all the WNBA action can be seen. You can catch the highlights of the game on the official YouTube of the WNBA. To know the scores, news, and stats, visit the official website of the WNBA.

Shubham Singh

Basketball is an intense sport and NBA has the most varied talents in the world. I like analysing basketball and uncover the nuances that dictate the game.