- The Chicago Sky are 6-point home favorites over the Washington Mystics in a WNBA game scheduled for Friday, August 5
- Chicago is 2-3 straight up over the past five games
- Washington is 7-2 SU over the past nine games
Consistency continues to elude the Chicago Sky (23-8, 12-3 home) but it appears to have settled in quite nicely with the Washington Mystics (20-12, 9-7 away).
Eastern Conference-leading Chicago has won just two of the past five games. Meanwhile, third-place Washington is 5-1 straight up through the past six games and 7-2 over the last nine contests.
Still, it’s the Sky who are being set by oddsmakers as 6-point home favorites in this game between these two WNBA Eastern powers. The Mystics are 3-2 SU in the past five against the Sky and 2-1 SU in the last three games played at Chicago.
Tipoff for this game is set for 8:00 pm ET on Friday, August 5 at Wintrust Arena. The game is available for viewing on NBA TV in both the USA and Canada.
Mystics vs Sky WNBA Odds
|Washington Mystics||OFF||+6 (-110)||O 160 (-110)|
|Chicago Sky||OFF||-6 (-110)||U 160 (-110)|
Odds as of August 5 at Caesars Sportsbook. See this available Caesars Sportsbook promo code to bet on the WNBA
At a moneyline of -110 on their 6-point spread, the Sky are given an implied probability of victory of 53.38%. Bet $10 on Chicago to cover the spread and if the Sky does indeed come through with the victory by more than five points, that will provide a payout of $19.10.
In future book betting, Chicago is the second betting choice in the WNBA championship odds. The Sky, defending WNBA champions, are given odds of +200 to win the title. The Mystics are the fifth choice in this betting market at +850.
Sky Falling Ends Chicago Home Streak
Chicago was carrying a franchise-record 10-game home-court winning streak to the floor for their last game against the Dallas Wings. Well, they’ll be seeking to launch a new streak when facing the Mystics.
Dallas ended up downing Chicago 84-78. The Wings were able to do this despite being without Arike Ogunbowale due to an ankle injury. She’s the WNBA’s third-leading scorer, averaging 19.9 points per game. Chicago committed 16 turnovers and missed eight free throws.
Sky post a clean injury report ahead of tomorrows game against the Washington Mystics.
— Annie Costabile (@AnnieCostabile) August 4, 2022
Small forward Kahleah Copper led the Sky with 19 points. That was two more points than Chicago all-stars Candace Parker (eight) and Courtney Vandersloot (nine) combined to score in the game. With 27 points, Copper also led Chicago in scoring in the previous game, a key road win over the Connecticut Sun.
Dallas (15-16) is fighting for a playoff spot, while Chicago is fighting with Las Vegas for the top seed in the WNBA. But the Sky might want to take a look over their shoulder. Both the Sun (22-10) and the Mystics are lurking nearby in the Eastern Conference standings.
Nothing Mystical About Washington Success
WNBA champions three years ago, the Mystics could potentially topple the league’s two best teams in successive games. In their last outing, they ended the four-game win streak of West-leading Las Vegas by dropping the Aces 83-73. That same Las Vegas club recently won by 10 points on the road at defending champion Chicago.
— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) August 4, 2022
Teamwork is making the dream work for Washington. In the win over Las Vegas, the Mystics drew assists on 25 of 31 made field goals.
Mystics vs Sky Stats
|85.7||Points Per Game||79.8|
|47.7%||Field Goal Percentage||43.8%|
Natasha Cloud (16 points), Shakira Austin (15) and Ariel Atkins (13) all hit for double digits for Washington. Austin grabbed eight rebounds. Two-time MVP Elena Delle Donne only scored five points, but she pulled down 11 boards, dished out five assists and was +23.
Mystics vs Sky Prediction
On the one hand, Chicago’s recent inconsistency is making it tough to bet the Sky. On the other hand, the Sky are a combined 5-1 against Connecticut (3-0) and Washington (2-1), their closest pursuers in the Eastern Conference. However, Washington is 6-3 SU over the last nine games played at Chicago.
The Sky (10-3) and the Mystics (10-6) are the only teams with 10+ wins against teams over .500 this year
— Nekias (Nuh-KY-us) Duncan (@NekiasNBA) August 4, 2022
Both of Chicago’s wins over Washington this season were by margins of nine points. Delle Donne sat out one of Chicago’s wins over Washington to rest her surgically-repaired back and she’s also slated to sit out Friday’s game. In the Sky’s other victory over the Mystics, Parker recorded a triple double.
Overall, five of Washington’s last six losses were by five points or less. However, minus Delle Donne, the Mystics will be susceptible to a setback in Chicago.
Pick: Chicago Sky -6 (-110).