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Wednesday Open Thread: Matinee and Evening Matches on LiveAccess starting at 12:30 PM ET/9:30 AM ET

Two games today, including a matinee in Chicago as the Sky faces the Fever. All games are on LiveAccess.

In short yesterday, we saw Atlanta take care of business at home before playing 8 games on the road which will go into the post Olympic Break. We also saw an ESPN2 match where the Seattle Storm overmatched the Mystics to kick off its four game road trip. I'll write some thoughts on it later. Lastly, I'm disappointed that no one got to see this live, but the Tulsa Shock defeated the LA Sparks handily where Riquna Williams scored 27 points off the bench for the black and yellow.

Game 1. Indiana Fever (7-5) at Chicago Sky (7-3), 12:30 PM ET/11:30 AM CT and Local Time/9:30 AM PT

WNBA.com | Fever Preview | Sky Preview

This is the third of five matchups between these teams that are both in solid playoff position. If the Sky wants to be taken seriously as a potential conference champion, beating the Sky would help because so far it's 0-2 so far against the Catch Squad. However, much of the Sky's early season surge was due to Epiphanny Prince's breakout stretch, and the team hasn't been the same since her injury.

Given that this is a matinee at Allstate Arena, it is also "Camp Day." Bring your earplugs if you're going to the game and are a little hard of hearing of high pitched summer campers!

Game 2. Phoenix Mercury (3-8) at Minnesota Lynx (12-1), 8 PM ET/7 PM CT and Local Time/5 PM PT and Arizona Time

WNBA.com | Lynx Preview

This is the third matchup between the defending champs and the Mercury, with the Lynx winning both times. This is the first of a four game road trip where the Mercury will travel in a boomerang direction starting in Minneapolis, then Chicago, then Washington, then San Antonio. Though the Mercury is an underdog for this game, the Washington game is certainly winnable and the Chicago and San Antonio games are certainly possible steals. For the Lynx, given how good they play ball, they just need to keep the pedal on the medal and finish the pre-Olympic break schedule strong and don't allow lower performing teams, back into games.

If you're in Minneapolis, turn on FSA-Minnesota. If you're in Phoenix, turn on Fox Sports Arizona Plus.

That's it, and enjoy the games today.

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