"Friday night lights in Indy. #Mystics25" - WashMystics
The Fever have lost 17 games in a row, while the Mystics are on a two-game skid at the moment. Indiana has had an awful season, down at 5-29. At this point, they'll be focused on next year's draft lottery to go their way so they can grab the #1 pick. They'll be at home on Friday, but no home court advantage will come into play as they're 3-14 in Indiana.
The Mystics have a playoff berth locked up, but they are coming off of a disappointing loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. Washington came up short, 79-76, at home earlier this week and will look to shake off that defeat. They still have a shot at nabbing the fourth seed and gaining home-court advantage for the first round, but they'll need some help from the Seattle Storm.
At 20-14, the Mystics have put together a solid season, but on the road, they're a more modest 9-8. Still, the betting odds are in Washington's favor. They've covered seven straight games playing on three or more days of rest, which can be attributed to star Elena Delle Donne needing some rest days. The Fever have lost and failed to cover each of their last four home games.
The Mystics have the much better team on paper, and they have a clean injury report for the most part. They boast the best defense in the league in terms of points allowed, and they allow the second-lowest field goal percentage.
"fighting to the finish. #FeverIgnite" - IndianaFever
Indiana, missing key players and having a poor offense anyway, will have trouble scoring on Friday. They average the lowest points per game and shoot at the worst efficiency; plus, their leading scorer, Kelsey Mitchell, is out for the season.
Indiana Fever vs. Washington Mystics Match Details
Fixture: Washington Mystics @ Indiana Fever
Date & Time: Friday, August 12, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Venue: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Indiana Fever vs. Washington Mystics Betting Odds
Indiana Fever vs. Washington Mystics Betting Prediction
The Fever have played two closer games in a row and have looked a lot better compared to the rest of the season. Even though they were both defeats, it's a sign that they'll fight hard to the end of a disappointing season.
It'll be harder this time around for Indiana against the league's #1 defense, but expect a higher pace similar to the Fever's last two contests. Indiana has allowed 90 or more points in six straight games, so expect the Mystics to explode offensively.
Prediction: Mystics Over 86.5 (-115)