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Preview: Liberty host Mercury, Mystics host Sun in Tuesday’s early games

There are four games on tonight. Here are the previews for the games starting at 7 p.m. EST.

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Washington Mystics v Phoenix Mercury Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

There are four WNBA games on Tuesday night. Here are the preview for the first two games later tonight.


New York Liberty (4-8) vs. Phoenix Mercury (10-5)

When: Tuesday June 26 at 7 p.m. EST

Where: Westchester County Center | TICKETS

How to watch: WNBA League Pass (worldwide streaming) | MSG Plus (New York Area TV)

Injury report: None to report

Storylines to follow

Both teams are heading into this game on losing streaks - The Mercury went on an eight-game win streak but have since lost two in a row. Meanwhile, the Liberty lost four of their last five games.

Expect a lot of scoring by the stars - For the Mercury, Diana Taurasi (20.2 ppg) and Brittney Griner (20.1 ppg) are the WNBA’s second and third leading scorers per game. For the Liberty, Tina Charles is sixth in scoring average at 20 ppg. This could be a very fun game to watch, especially for those who are new to watching the WNBA.

Washington Mystics (8-5) vs. Connecticut Sun (8-5)

When: Tuesday June 26 at 7 p.m. EST

Where: Capital One Arena | TICKETS

How to watch: WNBA League Pass (worldwide streaming) | NBC Sports Washington (D.C. area TV) | NBC Sports Boston (New England regional TV)

Injury report: For the Sun, Alyssa Thomas (shoulder) is questionable.

Storylines to follow

This is the third time both teams are meeting this month - The Mystics and Sun will play for the third time in June — their last match is on July 24. Both teams are among the best in the Eastern Conference, even though conferences matter little with the new playoff format. Both teams split their first two meetings.

Will Connecticut’s rebounding or Washington’s shooting and stealing win out? - Connecticut averages the most rebounds per game (37.2) while Washington is 10th (31.2). The Mystics may not grab many rebounds, but they do lead the league in steals (7.9 per game) and are second in three point shooting percentage at 36 percent. It will be a game of two different styles. The team who plays “their way” is likely to come out with the win.