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The Wings’ four-game win streak is on the line as they travel to L.A. to face the Sparks.

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Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks host the Dallas Wings on July 12, 2018.
Stewart W. Small

The Sparks host the Wings in a Thursday afternoon game. Here’s how to watch.

Los Angeles Sparks (13-8) vs. Dallas Wings (11-8)

When: Thursday, July 12 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Staples Center | TICKETS

How to watch: WNBA League Pass (worldwide streaming) | Spectrum SportsNet (L.A.-area television)

Injury report: For the Wings, Karima Christmas Kelly (knee) and Theresa Plaisance (knee) are out. For the Sparks, Sydney Wiese (left knee sprain) is questionable after missing a month of game action.

Storylines to follow

The Wings head into today’s matchup on a four-game win streak that keeps them in comfortable playoff position. However, the first three games of the win streak came against the Sky, Fever and Liberty.

After the Wings’ 101-72 blowout win of the Mercury last Tuesday, perhaps Dallas is truly turning a corner. Skylar Diggins-Smith led the way with 20 points, but Azura Stevens added 15 points off the bench. In fact, Stevens has scored in double digits in six of her last seven games. She has turned a corner herself after a slow start to her rookie season.

As for the Sparks, they are coming off a 77-75 overtime win over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday, ending a three-game losing streak. Still, it’s early to say that the Sparks are fully over their slump, as they have lost five of their last seven games. The multi-faceted Candace Parker had a near triple-double against Seattle after an off night against the Mystics last Saturday. Parker will need to bring her “A” game against Liz Cambage, who’s had an All-WNBA season, even if the fans’ All-Star votes aren’t there.