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Indiana Fever vs. Washington Mystics: Picks, Predictions, Odds

The WNBA's bottom two teams match up in the nation's capital on Friday night as the Washington Mystics host the Indiana Fever.

It has been a rough start to the season for both clubs. The Mystics have set a franchise record with losses in each of their first nine games.

It’s still a far cry from the 17 losses the Atlanta Dream opened the 2008 season with, but they're getting closer.

Indiana, of course, has the hype surrounding rookie Caitlin Clark, but has still lost 11 of its first 13 games.

At five days, this is the longest stretch between games since the start of the season for the Fever. Will the rest result in a victory on the road?

Read below for our experts’ predictions and player props projections.

Indiana Fever vs. Washington Mystics betting picks and predictions

Indiana Fever +1.5 points (-110)

The Fever are coming off another humbling performance, this time a 104-68 loss to the New York Liberty.

The team is expected to struggle all season against the WNBA’s upper echelon. However, the Fever are 2-1 against teams currently situated in the lower half of the league standings and the winless Mystics sit at rock bottom. 

Washington, like Indiana, has been competitive against teams in the bottom half, but going into their matchup against the Chicago Sky Thursday night, the Mystics have failed to pick up a win.

They’ll also have to compete without second leading scorer Shakira Austin, who is out with a hip injury and is expected to miss her second straight game.

This will also be the Mystics’ first back-to-back, while Indiana is fully rested for once. 

This should be another tight contest, but look for Indiana to pick up its second road win.

Caitlin Clark over 17.5 points (-130)

It was a tough weekend for the rookie phenom, who was held to 11 points in a win over the Sky and a career-low three points on 2-for-17 shooting in the loss to the Liberty.

Clark still leads Indiana in scoring at 15.6 per game and the Mystics are the perfect opponent for her to emerge from this brief slump.  

Look for Clark to get back into double digits and score Over 17.5 points for the sixth time this season.

Kelsey Mitchell Over 16.5 points

While Clark has exhibited the usual ups and downs associated with rookies, Kelsey Mitchell, the seventh-year guard out of Ohio State, has been the model of consistency.

She led the Fever in scoring both games this weekend, averaging 19.5 points in the team’s two games.

After a slow start, Mitchell has scored at least 14 points in each of Indiana’s last seven games. At 15.1 points per contest, she is right behind Clark.

Look for Mitchell to continue her productivity and score Over 16.5 points.

Under 163.5 Total Points

Mystics games just don’t feature high points totals. Washington’s games are averaging just north of 155 total points.

Washington just does not have the firepower to stay in a high-scoring matchup, as the team only has one active player - Ariel Atkins (13.2 ppg) - currently averaging in double figures, with Karlie Samuelson (9.7 ppg) close behind. 

The Mystics lost at home to Atlanta last week, 73-67, and this matchup has that type of feel. Look for the game’s total points to stay Under 163.5.

Indiana Fever vs. Washington Mystics odds

Indiana Fever

+100 ML

Washington Mystics

-120 ML

Spread

WAS Mystics -1.5

Total Points

O/U 163.5

Indiana Fever vs. Washington Mystics player props

Player Points

Caitlin Clark (Indiana Fever)

O/U 17.5 points

Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever)

O/U 16.5 points

NaLyssa Smith (Indiana Fever)

O/U 14.5 points

Ariel Atkins (Washington Mystics)

O/U 13.5 points

Karlie Samuelson (Washington Mystics)

O/U 9.5 points

Julie Vanloo (Washington Mystics)

O/U 7.5 points

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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