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.

Dream, Lynx Game Preview

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The Atlanta Dream (10-13) head to Saint Paul, Minnesota to take on the Lynx (19-2) at Xcel Energy Center at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Atlanta faced the Lynx back on July 28, where they came up short falling 90-80, despite closing the gap at halftime. Since, the Dream have dropped another close game; this time against the Washington Mystics who led midway through the first quarter and never looked back. In the 77-70 loss, the Dream’s Elizabeth Williams was the top scorer with 18 points, followed by Brittney Sykes with 14. Layshia Clarendon also added 11 points and 10 assists on the evening.

On Monday, Atlanta announced a trade that sent forward Jordan Hooper and its 2018 First-Round pick to the Chicago Sky for center Imani Boyette, forward Tamera Young, and the Sky’s 2018 Second Round pick. Young who was the longest tenured Sky player, will make her return to where it all began as she was the first pick in Dream history, after being drafted 8th overall in the 2008 WNBA Draft. Boyette is in her second year in the league, and is averaging 4.6 ppg and 4.4 rpg.

With the best record in the league and a ticket to the playoffs clinched, Minnesota aims to stay poised and finish out the regular season strong. Keeping their win streak alive the Lynx defeated Seattle on Sunday, where three players reached double-digits. Sylvia Fowles who was named Western Conference Player of the Month for the third consecutive month, led the way with 29 points and added 12 rebounds in the victory. Maya Moore and Rebekkah Brunson tallied 24 and 20 points, respectively.

Catch this game tonight on ESPN 2.

Storm, Lynx Game Preview

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The Seattle Storm (10-12) look to slow down the streaking Minnesota Lynx (18-2) as they face-off tonight in the Xcel Energy Center.

After a 109-93 home victory over Dallas, Seattle looks to bring that offensive energy again tonight over the best team in the league. Jewell Loyd led the charge with 27 points, followed by Breanna Stewart with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Crystal Langhorne and Sue Bird also added 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Minnesota who has been hot throughout the season and is currently on a five-game win streak, doesn’t have any plans of slowing down. Led by Sylvia Fowles in their most recent victory over Atlanta, the Lynx are expecting the latter portion of this season to be much more physical as teams make their push for the playoffs. Fowles led all scorers Friday night with 29 points and also grabbed 8 rebounds. Maya Moore tallied 17 on the evening, and Seimone Augustus added 14 points and 10 assists in the victory.

Be sure to catch this game on NBATV at 7:00 p.m. ET.