The Money Line: WNBA odds for Friday, May 26

ST PAUL, MN - MAY 23: Sylvia Fowles
ST PAUL, MN - MAY 23: Sylvia Fowles /
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ROSEMONT, IL – MAY 24: Allie Quigley and Elena Delle Donne.
ROSEMONT, IL – MAY 24: Allie Quigley and Elena Delle Donne. /

Chicago Sky (+8.5, -110)
Washington Mystics (-8.5, -110)
Total: 163.5

You don’t have to look back very far to see how these two teams match up: they played Wednesday morning in Chicago. Thought it was nip and tuck for the first half, the Mystics eventually pulled away, ensuring Elena Delle Donne’s first trip back to her old stomping grounds was a joyous occasion.

Delle Donne tossed in 21 points to go along with 8 rebounds while Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, who is known primarily for her defense, recorded a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds). The Mystics have proven to be the scoring machine everyone predicted coming into the season, but their rebounding has been the most pleasant surprise. First in offensive rebounds and rebounding percentage, the Mystics are getting it done on the glass despite the lack of many true post players.

Chicago, meanwhile, has post players for days, and the numbers show it. Tops in rebounds per game, while being second in blocks per game, Chicago is still figuring our their rotations but clearly are still competing in the meantime. Stefanie Dolson notched a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) in the Mystics loss, but went off on the Atlanta Dream the game prior, scoring 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting.

Allie Quigley started off the game hot, hitting three straight shots from distance, but went on to miss her last seven. The Sky have to shoot better than the 30% they shot last time out if they want to have a chance. Although Delle Donne also needs to improve her shooting (from deep at least; only hitting at a 23 percent clip thus far), I like the Mystics to cover, and like most Mystics games this year, I’ll take the over.