Atkins, Mystics take on the Sky
Washington Mystics (20-11, 9-6 Eastern Conference) at Chicago Sky (23-8, 13-3 Eastern Conference)
Chicago; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Ariel Atkins and the Washington Mystics visit Kahleah Copper and the Chicago Sky on Friday.
The Sky are 13-3 against Eastern Conference opponents. Chicago leads the Eastern Conference averaging 41.9 points in the paint. Emma Meesseman leads the Sky scoring 8.0.
The Mystics are 9-6 in conference matchups. Washington ranks fifth in the Eastern Conference shooting 34.4% from deep. Elena Delle Donne leads the Mystics shooting 40.5% from 3-point range.
The teams square off for the fourth time this season. The Mystics won the last meeting 84-82 on June 9, with Atkins scoring 19 points in the win.
TOP PERFORMERS: Copper is shooting 46.6% and averaging 15.2 points for the Sky. Meesseman is averaging 13.1 points over the last 10 games for Chicago.
Natasha Cloud is averaging 11.1 points and 7.3 assists for the Mystics. Delle Donne is averaging 20.1 points and 7.1 rebounds while shooting 52.8% over the past 10 games for Washington.
LAST 10 GAMES: Sky: 8-2, averaging 85.1 points, 35.3 rebounds, 23.6 assists, 8.1 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 47.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 81.4 points per game.
Mystics: 7-3, averaging 79.9 points, 35.3 rebounds, 18.9 assists, 7.3 steals and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 44.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 72.7 points.
INJURIES: Sky: None listed.
Mystics: None listed.