Sun, Dream Game Preview

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The streaking Connecticut Sun (17-9) head to McCamish Pavilion to take on the Atlanta Dream (10-18) in their third and final meeting of the regular season.

With this season series tied, both teams will be hungry for a victory, but for different reasons. Connecticut has secured their playoff berth and are looking to stay hot after rolling off five straight home wins. The Sun cruised to a 104-71 victory the last time they saw the Dream, with five players from Connecticut scoring in double figures. In their most recent win over Dallas, both Alyssa Thomas and Jonquel Jones had double-doubles as the Sun beat the Wings 96-88. Thomas scored 21 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, while Jones added 19 points and 16 boards. Courtney Williams also finished with 19 points.

Desperate for a win, Atlanta has just six games left on their regular season schedule to try and move up the ranks for that eighth and final playoff spot. Sitting at No.10 in league standings, the Dream have struggled to finish games dropping seven in a row. In Saturday’s loss to San Antonio, the Dream were led by Brittney Sykes with 28 points, and Elizabeth Williams finished with 16.

Tune in tonight at 7:00 p.m ET, on NBATV.

Sparks, Liberty Game Preview

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The Los Angeles Sparks (19-7) visit the New York Liberty (14-12) at Madison Square Garden this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles defeated the Liberty back on Aug.4 in an 87-74 victory at Staples Center. Looking to sweep New York in this season series, the Sparks will use the momentum of Friday’s win over the Minnesota Lynx to secure another road win as they approach the latter half of a five-game road trip. The Sparks held the Lynx to just 8 points in the third quarter, as Chelsea Gray led the way with 23 points. Candace Parker finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

New York enters today’s contest after two straight wins. On Friday, the Liberty pulled out an 83-77 win over Atlanta after the Dream cut it to just one in the fourth quarter. Shavonte Zellous had a game-high 20 points, and Tina Charles tallied 15 points and 8 rebounds for the win.

Tune in on NBATV.

Sparks, Lynx Game Preview

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The Los Angeles Sparks (18-7) and the Minnesota Lynx (21-3) meet again tonight, in a showdown of the top two teams in the league.

Both teams having secured their tickets to the playoffs, will have byes into the best of five playoff semifinals. The visiting Sparks are coming off an 85-79 loss to Dallas, putting an end to their four game win streak. Los Angeles was out-rebounded 47-31, grabbing just four compared to Dallas’ 16 on the offensive end. Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker led the Sparks with 21 points apiece in the loss.

The Lynx closed out their season series against Atlanta on Tuesday with another victory, sweeping the Dream 3-0 this season. Sylvia Fowles led the charge scoring 27 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, while Maya Moore tallied 16 on the evening.

The Sparks and the Lynx will meet in their third and final match-up of the regular season on Aug. 26 in L.A. Tune in to tonight’s game at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBATV.