Pro Tips: Get in the Game with WNBA Round 20

By Rick Bouch

The race for the final two WNBA playoff spots continues in Round 20 of the truncated 22-game 2020 season. Six teams have clinched spots in the postseason with Connecticut and Dallas holding onto the final two. Washington and Indiana are both within one game of eighth-place Dallas and, wouldn’t you know it, the Wings play the Mystics in Round 20.

It’s one of several games this round that will have an impact on the final two playoff berths, which will make for an entertaining Round 20. Another way to make Round 20 even more exciting is to play She Plays’ WNBA fantasy games. Choose from traditional games like Set Your Six, where you pick your own lineup to compete for the high score, or unique team games like Swishes, Dishes & Boards, where you pick the teams you believe will have the most three-pointers, assists, and rebounds in a round. New players are welcome anytime and play continues through the postseason.

WNBA ROUND 20 SCHEDULE

  • Dallas Wings vs. Washington Mystics – Sunday, September 6 at 4 pm ET
  • Seattle Storm vs. Minnesota Lynx – Sunday, September 6 at 6 pm ET
  • Chicago Sky vs. Los Angeles Sparks – Sunday, September 6 at 8 pm ET (CBSSN)
  • Connecticut Sun vs. Phoenix Mercury – Monday, September 7 at 6 pm ET (CBSSN)
  • Los Angeles Sparks vs. New York Liberty – Tuesday, September 8 at 7 pm ET (CBSSN)
  • Minnesota Lynx vs. Washington Mystics – Tuesday, September 8 at 8 pm ET (ESPN2)
  • Indiana Fever vs. Las Vegas Aces – Tuesday, September 8 at 10 pm ET (ESPN2)

DON’T FORGET ABOUT PICK ‘EM

The Pick ‘Em fantasy game allows you to see if you can correctly pick the winner of each game in a given round. In Round 19, we told you Chicago looked like a solid choice in its game with Washington. We missed the mark on that one, as the Mystics were smelling the postseason and recorded a 79-69 win over the Sky. Washington guard Leilani Mitchell had 20 points, 12 assists, and 4 rebounds. She may be a candidate for your Set Your Six lineup.

The Mystics will have two more chances to improve their record and close the gap on eighth-place Dallas. They will face the Wings on Sunday and then take on third-place Minnesota on Tuesday. Can they pull the upset on the 13-5 Lynx? In their last meeting this season, Minnesota won easily 68-48.

THE PERFECT LINEUP

For those looking to put together the perfect Set Your Six lineup, pay close attention to teams like Connecticut, Dallas, Washington, and Indiana. We could be in for some outstanding individual performances as they all battle for a playoff spot. 

Take Mitchell’s performance against Chicago. In the Wings loss to the Lynx, Dallas guard Allisha Gray had 26 points and 4 rebounds. Connecticut’s DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas have been also outstanding recently. Bonner had 22 points and 4 rebounds in the Sun’s loss to Las Vegas. Thomas does have a foot injury, so be sure to check her status before you make your picks.

Then there’s the cast of stars that are always worthy of consideration for a Set Your Six lineup. A’ja Wilson is your center with her 20.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Breanna Stewart averages 19.6 and 8.3, and Minnesota’s Napheesa Collier has 15.8 and 9.1. Candace Parker scored 25 points, had 7 rebounds, and dished out 6 assists in the Sparks’ 90-89 loss to Seattle. Between those three plus Bonner and even Atlanta’s Betnijah Laney, you’ve got your forwards taken care of.

There are plenty of guards worthy of a spot on your Set Your Six including Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi (19.7 ppg, 5.0 apg) and her new running mate Skylar-Diggins Smith. With Bria Hartley out for the remainder of the season, Diggins-Smith is picking up some of the slack and is now averaging 17.2 points and 4.4 assists per game. 

Don’t forget MVP candidate Courtney Vandersloot who recently set a WNBA record for assists in a game (18). Vandersloot leads the league in assists (9.5 apg) and scores 13.4 points a game. Arike Ogunbawale of Dallas is the league’s leading scorer at 21.3 points per game and Indiana’s Kelsey Mitchell (17.6 ppg) fires up three-pointers like no one else in the league with 119 total. Somewhere in there is the perfect Set Your Six lineup.

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