WNBA Friday Game Preview and Open Thread: Five games start at 7 p.m., three on NBA TV

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sport

The season starts today. Discuss the games here.

The WNBA season is now beginning. Five games are on, so let's get right to them. All games are on WNBA LiveAccess unless told otherwise:

1. Minnesota Lynx at Washington Mystics, 7 p.m. ET

If you live in the D.C. area, you must watch online through Monumental Network.

The Defending Champions start their season on the road, and will face off against the team that swept them in the regular season in 2013. I don't expect Minny to overlook D.C. this season given that those two losses collectively were a negative moment for them.

2. New York Liberty at Connecticut Sun 7 p.m. ET

Tina Charles returns to her stomping grounds at the Casino in this game. I wonder how loud she gets booed. In addition, Chiney Ogwumike and Alyssa Thomas will play in their first regular season game as pros so great storylines here.

3. San Antonio Stars at Atlanta Dream, 7:30 p.m. ET

This game is on NBA TV nationally and on SportSouth within the Atlanta area. I expect ATL to be the favorite here, but it should be interesting to see how the reloaded Stars will perform.

4. Indiana Fever at Chicago Sky 8:30 p.m. ET

In the Chicago area, you can watch this on The U Too. The Sky beat the Fever in their preseason tournament match, but this time, the game counts in the standings.

5. Los Angeles Sparks at Seattle Storm, 10 p.m. ET

Watch this on LiveWell if you're in Seattle, TWC SportsNet if you are in the L.A. area, and NBA TV nationally. We finish our quintuple header with this match between these two Western Conference rivals. If there is a big storyline here, Sue Bird will play in her first regular season WNBA game since 2012, and Crystal Langhorne will also make her debut in the regular season.

Song of the day

The league has released its "Summer Hoops" campaign video, which is the theme of this year. The video was played often during the commercials of NBA playoff games over the past week, so here it is!

Thankfully and wisely, the W didn't choose this song which covers a current-day trend of people desperate to get likes on their Instagram accounts...

So where does the song come from? It's by EDM artist Audien. The song is called "Circles", featuring vocals by Ruby Prophet.

That's all I have. Enjoy Friday's games everyone.

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