WNBA Friday Open Thread: Four games starting at 7:30 p.m. ET

Troy Littledeer

Talk about the games here.

There is a full state of games tonight, so let's get right to them. As a reminder, all games are on LiveAccess unless told otherwise.

1. New York Liberty (3-9) at Atlanta Dream (8-3), 7:30 p.m. ET

Watch this on SportSouth if you're in the Atlanta area. The Liberty comes into this game having the league's longest current losing streak. The Dream comes into this game sharing the league's longest current winning streak.

At this point, any game is a must-win for the Libs. With no first round draft pick for 2015, there is no incentive for them to tank for Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. And oddly enough, New York does have the talent to win this game, and they're going to want to win this one more than the Dream given their woes.

2. Washington Mystics (5-7) at Minnesota Lynx (9-4), 8 p.m. ET

Last year, the Mystics came to Tayler Hill's Hometown and stole one of the Tulsa Shock's hashtags by sweeping the eventual WNBA champs in the regular season. And it should be noted that earlier in 2013, the Lynx went through the motions at Verizon Center which made the second loss even more of a shock.

Minny heads into this game into a relative slump of sorts, but they will give the Mystics their best effort because of what happened in 2013. And they already beat the Mystics on the road to kick off their season. For the Mystics, this is gonna be a long road trip...

Like the Liberty, every game is a must-win for the Mystics, if they want to make the playoffs. But playoffs shouldn't be what they're thinking about long term. I'm also in the camp where at a certain point, it is better for Washington to lose games despite playing hard and the right way, when I'm looking at the big picture... I'll talk more about it later.

3. Indiana Fever (5-5) at Chicago Sky (6-5), 8:30 p.m. ET

Watch this on the U Too in the Chicago area. Two teams without their top stars will fight for better potential playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference.

4. Tulsa Shock (4-6) at Phoenix Mercury (8-3), 10 p.m. ET

If the Mystics #ShocktheWorld and the Mercury takes care of business, they will be in sole possession of first place in the Western Conference.

Though I like the fight the Shock had the last several games, I find it hard to see this team winning tonight.

That's all I have. Enjoy the games tonight.

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