Washington (7-5) at Chicago (3-9)
When: Sunday, June 25th 2017
Where: Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
Time: 6:00 ET | TV: League Pass
Opening Odds: Washington -5.5/167
The Washington Mystics will go for the three-game season sweep of the Chicago Sky when the two teams meet on Sunday evening in Rosemont, Illinois in WNBA action. The Sky are not only trying to avoid losing all three to Washington, but gain their first home victory in the process. Chicago is 0-5 at Allstate Arena, but are coming off a nice 82-78 victory at Atlanta on Friday and have two wins in their last four contests. Allie Quigley scored 22 points in the win, Stefanie Dolson had 19 and Cappie Pondexter added 17 as she passed Katie Smith for fourth place on the WNBA’s career scoring list with 6,466 points. Pondexter also moved into sixth place in league history with 1,399 made free throws. Quigley (16.4) is among four Sky players averaging in double figures along with Dolson (12.9), Pondexter (12.8), and Tamera Young (12.8). Chicago will be looking for their first winning streak of the season and will play four of their next five at home.
The Mystics are trying to break-out of a slump that’s seen them lose three of their last four, including a pair of defeats to league-leading Minnesota (9-1). The Mystics (7-5) have already beaten the Sky twice with a home-and-home sweep in late May and are led by former Chicago star Elena Delle Donne. She was traded from the Sky in the offseason and is thriving in D.C. The former WNBA Most Valuable Player is averaging a team-high 20.1 points per game. Head coach Mike Thibault and his son, assistant coach Eric Thibault, missed Friday’s 96-76 loss to Minnesota to attend the funeral of Frank Thibault, the 92-year-old father to Mike and grandfather to Eric. It was not immediately known if they would be back with the team in time for Sunday’s game. Washington is tied with New York for first place in the Eastern Conference entering Sunday’s action and will be home to Seattle on Tuesday before facing the Liberty on Thursday.
Chicago is just not good enough to compete with the upper-tier of the league and I expect Washington to bounce back strong on Sunday. They’ve had a tough stretch of games, but should get an easy victory tonight.
Pick: Mystics -5.5