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Mystics Look To Clinch Top Seed In East Against Atlanta This Afternoon

The Washington Mystics can cap the best regular season in franchise history with a win in Atlanta this afternoon.

Mystics enter today's game in a three-way tie with New York and Indiana for first place, but the Mystics hold the tiebreaker over both teams, so with a win, the Mystics will take homecourt advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. With a loss, the Mystics could drop to third place in the Liberty and Fever both win their games.

Going strictly on records, the Mystics have the toughest opponent today, but the Atlanta Dream are in an unusual spot coming into today's game. They've already clinched the fourth and final seed in the East and they can't improve upon their seeding regardless of what happens today. So Atlanta has the option to rest their starters today and rest up before the playoffs, but they would do so knowing they might have to face the Mystics again in the first round if the seedings stay the same. The key storyline to watch will be how hard Atlanta plays today knowing they could play a hand in shaping who they face in the first round.

The game starts at 3 p.m. this afternoon, and while it won't be broadcast on television, you can watch the game online with WNBA Live Access, which is completely free.