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Preview: WNBA Sunday matinee features Dream vs. Mercury in Atlanta

Phoenix and Atlanta are coming off of big wins against the Lynx. Farther north in our nation’s capital, the Sun visit the Mystics with dreams of staying undefeated. Action begins at 3 p.m. EST.

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The Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner is a cement wall between the Atlanta Dream’s Angel McCoughtry and the hoop.

Today’s WNBA Sunday matinee features two exciting matchups that tip off at 3 p.m. EST on WNBA League Pass. Here’s what’s in store, and how to watch!

Mercury (3-3) vs. Dream (2-2)

When: Sunday June 3 at 3 p.m. EST

Where: McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, GA | TICKETS

Injuries and absences: No injuries were reported by the Dream. The Mercury did not provide games notes for today’s contest.

How to watch: WNBA League Pass (streaming worldwide) | Fox Sports Southeast (regional television viewing area)

Storylines to follow: The Phoenix-Atlanta matchup is more than just a tale of two teams at .500 seeking to get over the hump. It’s a tale of two teams that recently tasted Lynx blood. The Dream beat the reigning WNBA champs on May 29 in Atlanta, while the Mercury toppled the Lynx on Friday night in Minnesota. With both teams nourished by the blood of the wild cats, this should be a competitive matchup between squads eager to ride the momentum of their respect kills to the next win, and over the .0500 mark. But with all three Phoenix stars putting up big numbers on Friday, it’s hard not to give the Mercury the edge in this one.

Sun (4-0) vs. Mystics (5-2)

When: Sunday June 3 at 3 p.m. EST

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC | TICKETS

Injuries and absences: For the Mystics, Elena Delle Donne (stomach bug) is listed as questionable. LaToya Sanders (illness), Natasha Cloud (illness) and Tayler Hill (ACL) are out. The Sun did not provide game notes for today’s contest.

How to watch: WNBA League Pass (streaming worldwide) | NBC Sports Washington (regional television viewing area)

Storylines to follow: The Sun have continued a strong push into the season propelled by an early win against the LA Sparks that gave Chiney Ogwumike her first pro-ball win against sister Nneka. But perhaps today is where Connecticut finally faces its match. The Mystics earned an impressive win streak in games mostly played on the road and without the team’s biggest stars. That the Mystics have lost two matchups under these challenges is of little consequence considering the team’s five wins (compared to the Sun’s four). This will be a hard-fought battle with the Mystics looking to avenge its most recent loss against Las Vegas that handed the upstart Aces their first win of the season.