There are two games on Thursday night. Here’s what you need to know about tonight’s games:
Sun (1-0) vs. Sparks (2-0)
When: Thursday May 24 at 7 p.m. EST
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena | TICKETS
Injuries: For the Sparks, Candace Parker is questionable due to a back injury while Jantel Lavender is doubtful due to personal reasons. Maria Vadeeva has not reported to LA because she will not receive a visa until at least June 1. The Sun have everyone ready to go.
Storylines to follow
Sparks want to stay undefeated: The Sparks are looking to get their third win of the season against one of the WNBA’s top Eastern Conference teams. The Sparks still aren’t at full strength, especially with Vadeeva waiting for her work visa. But they still have a great chance to start the season with a 3-0 record on the road.
The Sun want a marquee win: The Sun are trying to keep an undefeated record after beating the Wings last Saturday. They probably won’t beat the Sparks by 36 like they did over the Aces last Sunday, but the team definitely wants to take advantage of an LA squad that is not at full strength.
A great WNBA game for NBA fans to watch: Since this game is on national television, it makes a good prelude to Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference between the Warriors and Rockets Finals at 9 p.m. EST on TNT. The matchup between sisters Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike of the Sun and Sparks, respectively, promises to be exciting for basketball fans.
Indiana Fever (0-3) vs. Washington Mystics (2-0)
When: Thursday May 24 at 7 p.m. EST.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse | TICKETS
Injuries: Tayler Hill is out for the Mystics due to knee rehab. Fever guard Shenise Johnson is also out due to knee rehab.
Storylines to follow
Washington looks to go undefeated: The Mystics will go for a 3-0 record, and their second win against the Fever. Unlike Los Angeles, Washington has only played teams that were lottery-bound so far. Therefore, it’s imperative that they win tonight to maintain a high position before facing the Lynx on Sunday.
Can the Mystics win convincingly on the road? Washington didn’t win convincingly over the Fever last Sunday or the Aces last Tuesday. Wins are wins, but the context behind the wins doesn’t tell a great story given that the offense has yet to jell. The Mystics could easily be 0-2 at this point if they played other 2017 playoff teams like the Liberty and Storm.
Indiana looks to stop a losing streak: The Fever aren’t expected to contend for a title this season, but they don’t want to start the year off with a very long losing streak, either. The Mystics have looked timid at times this season so this could be a chance for the Fever to catch Washington off guard at home.