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Seattle Storm vs Washington Mystics Picks and Odds – August 22nd

Mitchell Hansen

by Mitchell Hansen in WNBA

Aug 22, 2021 · 6:43 AM PDT

Jewell Loyd layup
Seattle Storm's Jewell Loyd shoots next to Connecticut Sun's Jasmine Thomas in overtime of a WNBA basketball game Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Everett, Wash. The Storm won 90-87. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
  • The Storm and Mystics battle cap off an ESPN doubleheader in the WNBA on Sunday, Aug. 22nd
  • Seattle is fighting for one of the WNBA’s top three seeds, while Washington is trying to fight for a playoff spot
  • See odds, preview and the best bet for the game below

The Seattle Storm and Washington Mystics will battle in the nightcap of a doubleheader in the WNBA on Sunday, Aug. 22nd.

Seattle and Washington will tip off at 3pm ET on Sunday, taking the court after the Los Angeles Sparks and the New York Liberty square off at 2pm ET on ESPN3. The Storm and Mystics contest, which will take place in the nation’s capital, will air on ESPN to round out the week of games in the league.

Seattle enters the contest as one of the top teams in the WNBA, holding a record of 17-7 while sitting in the 3rd seed in the league standings. Washington is right in the heart of the playoff race while battling for one of the bottom seeds in the postseason, carrying an overall recording of 8-13 for the 10th seed in the standings.

Storm vs Mystics Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Seattle Storm -9.5 (-110) -520 Over 165.5 (-108)
Washington Mystics +9.5 (-110) +370 Under 165.5 (-112)

Odds as of Aug. 22nd from FanDuel

Storm Chasing WNBA Top Spot

Seattle has been one of the top teams in the league this season, but it is still trying to fight with two other teams for the top spot in the WNBA standings.

The Storm come into Sunday’s contest a half-game behind the Las Vegas Aces and the Connecticut Sun for the top spot in the standings, and a win over the Mystics would put them right back atop the WNBA with the playoffs quickly approaching.

The Storm, who have been solid on the road this year with an away record of 9-4, faced the New York Liberty on Friday, coming away with a 99-83 victory in Brooklyn. That win saw the return of Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird, who sat out due to rest the last few games, and ended a two-game skid for Seattle.

Seattle continues to be led by the trio of Stewart, Jewell Loyd and Bird this season. Stewart is averaging 20.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.1 steals , Loyd has averaged 19.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals, and Bird has tallied 10.8 points, 5.5 assists and 2.7 rebounds a contest.

Mystics Finally Return Home

Washington will return home for the first time since play resumed out of the Olympic break. Playing in its first contest in the nation’s capitol since June 29, they will also get Elena Delle Donne back for the first time this year.

The Mystics look to get back on the right track with a return home, having lost three in a row and seven in their last 10 games. Washington comes into Sunday with a record of 8-13 overall, 10th in the league standings, trailing the eighth and final playoff spot by one game.

The Mystics are coming off a loss to the Phoenix Mercury 77-64 Thursday, pushing their losing streak to three straight.

Washington, which is 5-4 at home this season, have been led all season long by Tina Charles, averaging 25.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists a game. Ariel Atkins and Myshia Hines-Allen have played well also, with Atkins averaging 16.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.6 steals and Hines-Allen averaging 13.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

Best Bet

As the early betting odds display, oddsmakers favor Seattle to take care of business on the road in Washington.

Seattle is back to full strength after resting Bird and Stewart, who claimed gold as part of Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics. They look poised  to finish out the regular season riding high as they defend their title. Washington has been struggling as of late and will have its work cut out for them against a top notch Seattle squad, though the return of Delle Donne will help.

In the end, the Storm should be able to take the game on the road and handle it with relative ease, getting back at the top of the WNBA standings with less than 10 games left before the postseason.

However, that 9.5-point line seems a bit steep, especially with the game being played at Washington. Even with a Storm win, go with the Mystics to keep it under 10.

The Pick: Mystics +9.5 (-110)

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