SEA vs WAS Dream11: The WNBA All-Starters have been announced and there is no surprise that players like Breanna Stewart, A’ja Wilson, and Nneka Ogwumike have figured in the list. There are also first-timers such as Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young who thoroughly deserved the spots. And then we have a regular timer in Elena Delle-Donne who has made it to the All-Star game again. Her Washington Mystics will face the Seattle Storm here.
The Storm has been up-and-down but their overall win-loss column with 10 wins and six losses. In their last game, they defeated the Liberty 81:72 as Gabby Williams erupted for 23 points out of nowhere. On the other hand, despite inconsistencies, the Mystics have been way better than last season, winning 11 games and eight losses. In their last game, they lost a close 82:84 game to the Sparks despite a 22 points performance by Ariel Atkins. Can either of the team get a big winning run going?
Home: Seattle Storm
Visitors: Washington Mystics
Match Timing: 24 June, @ 07:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Climate Pledge Arena
Mystics’ defense has been terrific
The Mystics’ defense has been the main reason for their turnaround from their last season. They allow around 75 points a game and they have the second-best defensive rating. However, it must be noted that with Delle-Donne, the team has won eight out of the eleven games and without her, they have lost five games and have three wins, so her presence clearly makes a difference, especially on the offensive end.
Natasha Cloud has been a great playmaker and her hustle on both ends makes a huge difference. Ariel Atkins has been inconsistent but on her day, she can be an offensive machine. Alysha Clark has been superb in parts whereas rookie Shakira Austin has shown a lot of promise. The bench looks deep with players like Shatori-Walker Kimbrough and Elizabeth Williams stepping it up.
Storm’s experience has been huge
The Storm added Gabby Williams in the offseason and her defense has been a breath of fresh air. With a perimeter defender like Jewel Loyd, an all-around defender like Gabby, a strong help defender in Breanna Stewart and a brilliant Center defender in Ezi Magbebor and January, Lavender, and Talbot off the bench, the Storm defense is elite.
On the offensive end, after a slow start, Gabby Williams seems to be getting more comfortable, Breanna Stewart remains the main enforcer whereas Jewell Loyd has been struggling, which has hurt the team at times. Magbebor has improved but the bench scoring has been rather off. Storm needs Jewell Loyd to pick her game.
Highest scorer: Breanna Stewart: 24
Highest rebounder: Breanna Stewart: 10
Top assists maker: Natasha Cloud: 8
Score Prediction: Storm 83 Mystics 78
Washington Mystics News
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.
Seattle Storm News
Storm Expected Starting Five
Superstar Presence: PF: Breanna Stewart
Defensive All-Around Wing: SF: Gabby Williams
Rebounding and Inside Specialist: C: Ezi Magbebor
Two-Way Volume Shooter: SG: Jewell Loyd
Leading Playmaking Guard: PG: Sue Bird
BENCH: Reshanda Gray, Briann January, Jade Melbourne, Stephenie Talbot, , Ephiphany Prince, Jantel Lavender.
Forward Stewart has been a brilliant scorer, rebounder, and defender, who continues to be a superstar player. I believe she will be in 17-24 points, 8-11 rebounds, and 1-2 steals/blocks range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 WNBA Prediction scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-45
Natasha is a gutsy player and she has been an incredible playmaker which compensates for her scoring inefficiencies these days. I believe she will be in 12-16 points, 8-11 assists, and 1-2 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-38
Guard Loyd has not gotten it going at times scoring-wise, but her defense, playmaking, and overall production remain crucial. I believe she will be in 13-18 points, 4-7 assists, and 1-2 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-40
Ariel Atkins (WAS)
Guard Atkins is not getting it done during some junctures but her presence alone can attract multiple defenses. I believe she will be in 13-19 points and 3-5 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-34
Center Ezi has been a strong defender, an improved offensive player, and a strong box-out player and rebounder. I believe she will be in 9-15 points, 6-10 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-32
Elena has been alternating games due to injury management issues but she has been doing her job on the offensive end when she plays, making the Mystics better. I believe she will be in 14-21 points and 5-8 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-34
PG: B January, N Cloud
SG: J Loyd
SF: A Clark, S Walker-Kimbrough
PF: B Stewart(SP), E Delle Donne(PP)
C: M Hines-Allen
PG: B January, N Cloud(PP)
SG: A Atkins
SF: S Walker-Kimbrough
PF: G Williams, B Stewart(SP)
C: M Hines-Allen, S Austin
Two elite defensive teams with a lot of star power, who will prevail here? 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.