The Indiana Fever will host the Chicago Sky in their 2018 season opener. Here is a preview to get ready for the game.
When: Saturday May 19, 2018 at 1 p.m. EST
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse | TICKETS
TV/streaming: NBA TV nationally, WNBA League Pass worldwide, WNDY-TV (Chicago),
Injuries and absences: For the Fever, Shenise Johnson is out due to a knee injury. Tiffany Mitchell has a broken nose but is probable. The Sky is missing Courtney Vandersloot because she is still playing in the KBSL Finals in Turkey while Astou Ndour is still overseas herself.
What to watch
How will the Fever’s first-round draft picks fare against Chicago’s? Both Kelsey Mitchell and Victoria Vivians are entering their first games as WNBA players. They didn’t have a great showing against the Mystics last weekend in the preseason, but it will be interesting to see how they will do against the Sky.
The Sky will have a boost in the front court with its 2018 first-round picks Diamond DeShields and Gabby Williams, along with 2017 first-round pick Alaina Coates. The Fever and Sky may not be championship contenders this season, but this could be a great rivalry in the years to come.
Can the Fever keep up on the boards? The Sky clearly has the better front court with Stefanie Dolson, but the team also has rookie Alaina Coates, who figures to make an impact on this game. Indy veteran Candice Dupree and rookie center Stephanie Mavunga figure to have their hands full.
Will Hind Ben Abdelkader find her three-point stroke? The Fever will probably be outmatched in most games this season. But the equalizer is the three-point shot. The Belgian guard makes her WNBA debut today, but she is already known as one of the top three-point shooters in Europe. Ben Abdelkader did not make a three against the Mystics last week in preseason play, but she should find her stroke sooner rather than later.
Enjoy Saturday afternoon’s game!