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WNBA Wednesday night preview: Aces hope to keep playoff dreams alive vs. Liberty

In the last week of WNBA regular season action, the Aces are looking for a win over the Liberty before a showdown with the Wings for the last playoff spot.

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Two night games fill out the WNBA Wednesday schedule, starting with the playoff-eliminated Indiana Fever hosting the third place Washington Mystics. The Mystics are looking to hold onto their place in the standings, which currently has them in position for a first round playoff bye.

Even with the return of Liz Cambage, the Dallas Wings come up short against the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday night, keeping the Aces’ playoff hopes alive. A victory against the eliminated New York Liberty could put the Aces in a prime position to battle it out with the Wings for the eighth and final playoff position. Dallas is 14-18 with two games left, while Las Vegas is 13-17 with three games to play. The Wings hold the tiebreaker, but the two teams will square off Friday.

Washington Mystics (20-11) vs. Indiana Fever (5-26)

When: 7 p.m. ET

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN | TICKETS

How to Watch: NBA TV, Monumental, WNBA League Pass

Scouting Report:

Four-time 2018 Easter Conference player of the week Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics are headed to Indianapolis to face the Fever. In the Mystics’ last three outings, Delle Donne has averaged 27.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists to a 3-0 finish for the week. The Mystics are on a 6-game winning streak and looking for their seventh against the Fever on Wednesday night. The Mystics have already punched their ticket to the playoffs and are seeded as the #3 team overall with the regular season ending on August 19th.

The Fever have really struggled in their 2018 season campaign and have been eliminated from playoff contention. The Fever are currently last in the standings. Even still, they’ve played good teams close, and the Mystics will have to respect them on their home court to get that seventh-in-a row win.

New York Liberty (7-23) vs. Las Vegas Aces (13-18)

When: 10 p.m. ET

Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center – Las Vegas, NV| TICKETS

How to watch: NBA TV, AT&T Sportsnet—Rocky Mountain, MSG+, WNBA League Pass

Scouting Report:

A’ja Wilson, my pick for 2018 ROY, has been leading the Aces this season, averaging 20.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists. Kayla McBride has also been a sure bet for the Aces, averaging 18.7 points per game, 3.3 assists, and shooting 91.3% from the charity stripe. The Aces are welcoming the Liberty after an 18-point victory over the Indiana Fever this past weekend.

This will be the second of the four-game west coast trip for the Liberty after playing the LA Sparks Tuesday night. Veteran Tina Charles of the Liberty continues to be the leader on the court averaging 20.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in the 2018 season. Plagued with injuries this season, Charles has had to play big minutes for the Liberty and is currently tied for second in the league averaging 33.1 minutes per contest.