After dropping their first game of the season to the Chicago Sky Saturday, expect for a well-rested Washington Mystics (3-1) team to come out firing in Wednesday's matchup with the Las Vegas Aces (2-2).
The defending champions currently lead the WNBA in 3-point shooting at 40.6 percent, and they're third in the league in free-throw shooting at 84.3 percent.
Las Vegas has gotten off to a middle-of-the-pack start, alternating wins and losses in their first four matchups. A positive to note, however, is that they're outrebounding their opponents by 10 rebounds each game and that's a testament to the glass dominance of F A'ja Wilson who currently sits at fifth in the WNBA in boards (9.5).
MYSTICS VS. ACES: HOW TO WATCH
What: WNBA 2020 regular season
Where: IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL
Who: Washington Mystics vs. Las Vegas Aces
When: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 8:00 PM ET
TV Channel: Mystics vs. Aces will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Mystics vs. Aces on NBC Sports Washington live stream page or on the NBC Sports App
MYSTICS VS. ACES: TV SCHEDULE
8:00 PM WNBA Basketball: Mystics vs. Aces LIVE
MYSTICS VS. ACES: WHAT TO WATCH
- Where's EMM-V-P Meesseman? Meesseman was the storyline of last season's WNBA Finals, but this year she's off to a slow start and not contributing to the magnitude we all know she's capable of.
- New 2020 WNBA Power Rankings: Mystics no longer hold the number one slot
- The WNBA has made a conscious effort to keep the unjust murder of Breonna Taylor on everyone's minds. Mystics' Essence Carson recently teamed up with Uninterrupted to release a powerful message encouraging everyone to 'Say Her Name.'
MYSTICS VS. ACES: PLAYERS TO WATCH
Mystics G, Ariel Atkins (18.8 ppg, 2.0 apg, 1.8 rpg): Sitting at fourth in the WNBA in scoring, Ariel Atkins is at the top of every opposing coach's whiteboard heading into the game. Atkins, who turned 24 on July 30th, will be looking to build upon a career performance she had against the Connecticut Sun in which she drilled five three-pointers on 10 attempts.
Aces F, A'ja Wilson (19.8 ppg, 2.5 apg, 9.5 rpg): A'ja Wilson has certainly lived up to the hype early on in her career and this season is no different. Wilson is just shy of averaging a double-double with 19.8 points and 9.5 rebounds. In the team's most recent victory over the Dallas Wings, she tallied 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists while going 5-of-5 from the free-throw line.
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