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Preview: Sun host Dream on Tuesday night

Tuesday night features a game between two Eastern Conference teams fighting to improve their standing. For Layshia Clarendon and Alex Bentley, it’ll be a face-off against their former teams.

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Chiney Ogwumike (L), Head Coach Curt Miller (C), and Jasmine Thomas (R) of the Connecticut Sun are ready to build on last Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Lynx.
Stewart W. Small

The Connecticut Sun host the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday night. Here’s a preview:

Connecticut Sun (12-10) vs. Atlanta Dream (12-9)

When: Tuesday May 17 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena | TICKETS

How to watch: WNBA League Pass (worldwide streaming) | NBC Sports Boston (Connecticut market)

Injury report: No injuries to report.

Storylines to follow

This is the first meeting between the two teams since Atlanta acquired Alex Bentley in exchange for Layshia Clarendon. Atlanta and Connecticut are sixth and seventh in the WNBA standings, respectively. The Dream, however, currently lead the series 2-1, so Connecticut will need to pull the win off given how even this WNBA season has been from top to bottom.

If there is a battle to watch tonight, it’s between Atlanta post Jessica Breland and Sun post Chiney Ogwumike. Breland won the WNBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week award on Monday after scoring 14.7 points and grabbing 9.3 rebounds per game in three wins last week — two of them against the third-seeded Washington Mystics.

Ogwumike didn’t see much action against the Lynx last Sunday, but she has otherwise scored double figures in all but three games this season. Furthermore, Ogwumike scored 22 points in just 23 minutes against the Mercury on July 13. If she hadn’t fouled out, perhaps her production could have been even bigger.