The Washington Mystics will travel to the Wintrust Arena on Friday night to take on the Chicago Sky in an important game that can end up being a playoff preview.
The Mystics are first in the WNBA standings with a 23-8 record, while the Sky again clinched a playoff spot as they are currently fifth in the WNBA with a 20-12 record heading down the home stretch.
Washington Mystics vs. Chicago Sky
Mystics vs. Sky Betting Stats show the Washington Mystics have not been a great team this season as they are currently eighth in the league with 79.8 points per game, seventh with 20.2 assists per game, sixth with 35.1 rebounds per game, tied for fifth with 7.6 steals per game, and eighth with 3.6 blocks per game so far.
Natasha Cloud Analysis
Guard Natasha Cloud has been doing incredibly well this season as she is averaging 11.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.1 steal, and 0.3 blocks per game while shooting 39.7 percent from the floor, 31.3 percent from the three-point line, and 81.5 percent from the free-throw line.
She has been an elite passer this season and should be able to continue doing just that as she has almost 2.5 more assists per game than she averages for her career.
The Chicago Sky have been one of the best offensive teams in the entire sport as they are second in the WNBA, averaging 85.7 points per game while having the best field goal percentage at 47.7 percent and the second-best free-throw percentage at 82.2 percent.
They are more than just an offensive powerhouse, though, as they hold their own defensively. They are fifth in the sport with 35.6 rebounds per game as well as second with 4.4 blocks per game.
Candace Parker Analysis
Forward Candace Parker is the veteran leader on this team at 36 years old, as she is averaging 13.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists, one steal, and one block per game this season.
She has been shooting well from all over as she is shooting 44.8 percent from the floor, 33.1 percent from three, and 84.6 percent from the charity stripe. She is coming off an illness but will not be on any type of minutes restriction here.
Matchup Betting Trends
- The Washington Mystics are 7-3 against the spread in their last ten games played in Chicago
- The Washington Mystics are 14-6 against the spread in their last 20 games against the Chicago Sky
- The Chicago Sky are 20-7 against the spread in their last 27 games vs. a team with a straight-up winning record
- The under has hit in five of the last seven Mystics games
- The over has hit in eight of the previous 11 Sky home games
WNBA Betting Picks and Predictions
According to the betting WNBA odds, the consensus odds are telling us that the Chicago Sky are currently 5.5-point favorites to win this game.
These teams are not evenly matched as the Sky are the better overall team and should dominate in this game at home as they are 12-3 at home so far.
The Mystics are a little better than .500 on the road at 9-7, and that is not great as a lower seed. Washington does not score enough to keep up with Chicago so go with the Chicago Sky to cover a 5.5-point spread in this game.
Betting basketball can be a little difficult, but we have enough tape to study as the WNBA regular season is winding down, and these teams have played each other three times before.
Who to Bet On?
If you’re making WNBA picks, know that the Chicago Sky won 82-73 back on May 22, 91-82 on June 5 in Chicago, and the Washington Mystics picked up an 84-82 home win on June 8.
These teams are not strangers to one another, and that should play to Chicago’s advantage with a healthy Candace Parker in this game.
WNBA Pick: Sky -5.5 (-110)