Tonight we will take a look at an Eastern Conference match-up between 2nd placed Washington Mystic and 5th placed Indiana Fever.
The home side is currently on a bad run of 3 consecutive losses and has a total of 4 defeats in the last 5 games played. During the last 5 game period, Indiana only managed to win over Chicago Sky (75:82), but we can not say the same for games against LA Sparks (73:84), Connecticut Sun (85:91), Atlanta Dream (89:68) and SA Stars (72:79). All in all, Indiana has a 7-10 record so far this season and is just 1 win short of reaching the 4th spot, which leads into the playoffs. Of course, the league is not nearly over, so we can not say for sure where Indiana will finish, but one thing is for sure. If they do not improve their form, which is the worst in the East (looking at past 10 games), they will not be able to advance into the playoffs this year.
The visiting team is in a much better position compared to Indiana. Washington Mystics are currently 2nd in the East, with a 10-8 record. However, they are suffering from a terrible form recently, losing last 3 games played against LA Sparks (76:69), Phoenix Mercury (88:80) and Connecticut Sun (96:92). On the bright side, they managed to win over Seattle Storm (100:70) and NY Liberty (67:54).
Verdict & Prediction
On the paper, Washington Mystics are a favorite, no doubt about that. But we must take into consideration, they are on a terrible run recently, which could easily mean they will not have an easy job against Indiana. Of course, we can still expect Washington to win this one, but betting on Indiana +6.5 gives us good odds as I see this match to be closer than expected.
Prediction: Indiana Fever +6.5 points
Odds: 2.00 Pinnacle, 1.99 SBOBET