The Washington Mystics return home Saturday to face the Connecticut Sun after going 4-0 on their road trip. Washington has dominated teams all year, outscoring their opponents by an average of 11 points. At home, this margin is even larger.
Connecticut is the league leader with a record of 9-3, but the Sun have dropped their last two games. This season, they’ve gone undefeated at home but 3-3 on the road. The drop-off between the Sun at home and the Sun on the road needs to be addressed if they are going to continue their early success.
The Sun and Mystics already played twice this season, but both games took place in Connecticut, and the home team took both games.
Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Aces have been inconsistent, but they return to the Mandalay Bay Events Center for a three-game homestand. The Aces feature three starters averaging double figures, with Dearica Hamby coming off the bench averaging 10.6 points per contest. Las Vegas is second in scoring but sixth in points allowed. Despite leading the league in opponent field goal percentage, the Aces have improvements to make.
After a promising 3-1 start, the Indiana Fever are 2-6 in their last eight games. The Fever’s defense has let down their offense. Despite holding their opponents to a low overall shooting percentage, the Fever lack discipline. They surrender too many fouls that inevitably lead to a lot of points from the free throw line, and they do not defend the three-point line well.
Washington Mystics (8-3) vs. Connecticut Sun (9-3)
When: Saturday June 29, at 2 p.m. ET
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington, D.C.
How to watch: ESPN, NBA TV Canada
Keys to the matchup: A matchup of top teams is always fun. This one means a lot, as the Mystics look to avoid a three-game season sweep at the hands of the Sun. The Mystics take the most three-point shots in the league, and the Sun are right up there as well. The scoring matchup between Elena Delle Donne and Jonquel Jones is likely the key to this one.
Las Vegas Aces (6-5) vs. Indiana Fever (5-8)
When: Saturday, June 29, at 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV
How to watch: NBA TV, MYLVTV
Keys to the matchup: A’ja Wilson and Liz Cambage bring a lot of trouble. The Fever will have their hands full down low and they will need to offset it with outstanding guard play. Both teams are in the bottom of three-point shot attempts, which means interior defense is the key to the game.