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Preview: 4 games make up jam-packed WNBA Tuesday

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The Sun host the Mystics, the Fever host the Storm, the Lynx host the Liberty and the Sparks host the Dream in all of these teams’ final games before the All-Star break.

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Maya Moore scored a season-high 38 points in the Lynx’s win against the Mercury on Saturday night.
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Eight teams are in action Tuesday night, and all four games are available on national television or on Twitter. Here’s how to follow along.


Connecticut Sun (13-12) vs. Washington Mystics (14-10)

When: Tuesday, July 24 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena | TICKETS

How to watch: ESPN3 (worldwide streaming), NBC Sports Boston (New England-area TV), Monumental Network (D.C.-area TV)

Injuries: For the Mystics, Natasha Cloud (concussion) is questionable.

Storylines to follow

Last meeting: Mystics 92, Sun 80 (June 26)

Both teams come into this game having won just the most recent of their last three games. The Mystics and Sun are also just a game and a half apart in the standings, at sixth and eighth place, meaning that the outcome of this game will certainly shuffle the playoff seedings (it’s not possible for any teams to drop out of a playoff spot tonight, as the ninth-place Aces are inactive and a full game back of the Sun).

While the Mystics lost the first game of this season series at the beginning of the season, they did so without Elena Delle Donne, who scored 36 and 25 points in each of these teams’ meetings since. If Delle Donne stays hot and Washington’s defense can prevent repeat high-scoring efforts from Chiney Ogwumike and Courtney Williams, the Mystics should have this game well in hand.


Indiana Fever (3-22) vs. Seattle Storm (18-7)

When: Tuesday, July 24 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse | TICKETS

How to watch: ESPN3 (worldwide streaming)

Injuries: For the Fever, Shenise Johnson is out. Everyone is good to go for Seattle.

Storylines to follow

Last meeting: Storm 72, Fever 63 (June 22)

It’s first place against last place as the Storm travel to Indianapolis hoping to get back in a groove heading into the break following a tough loss in Atlanta. Meanwhile, the Fever are hoping to take care of yet another top team in their quest to redeem a disappointing start and deliver the Storm the same fate as the Dream, Lynx and Sparks.

Jewell Loyd led the Storm in scoring in the previous matchup on an uncharacteristically slow night for Breanna Stewart, who had just 15 points. But the Fever shot 34.7 percent in that game, which was good for just 63 points. With Cappie Pondexter now in Indiana’s starting five, the Fever have added some much-needed offense. But if their consistency continues to be an issue, the Storm should avoid the upset of the year and take this one easily.


Minnesota Lynx (14-10) vs. New York Liberty (7-17)

When: Tuesday, July 24 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: Target Center | TICKETS

How to watch: ESPN2

Injuries: Epiphanny Prince (eye) and Shavonte Zellous (ankle) are questionable for the Liberty.

Storylines to follow

Last meeting: Lynx 85, Liberty 71 (6/16)

The Lynx are going for the season sweep of the Liberty, hosting New York for the second time this season as they try to solidify their playoff prospects heading into the break. While the Lynx are finally resembling the team that won it all last season, the sometimes dangerous-looking Liberty now find themselves in a three-game slide that has left them in eleventh place. Their previous loss to the Mystics was a frustrating one, as they shot a respectable 46 percent and sunk 8 threes with the help of an active bench, but were simply outmatched by Washington.

The Lynx, on the other hand, are coming of a 38-point performance from Maya Moore, who outslugged the Mercury’s DeWanna Bonner in a game where the Mercury made a furious fourth-quarter comeback. Another big game from Moore would be a big help against the league’s seventh-leading scorer in Tina Charles, especially as the Liberty have proven themselves vulnerable against big scorers of late (most notably in Liz Cambage’s 53-point game).


Los Angeles Sparks (15-10) vs. Atlanta Dream (15-9)

When: Tuesday, July 24 at 10:30 p.m. ET

Where: Staples Center | TICKETS

How to watch: Twitter (worldwide streaming), Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles-area TV)

Injuries: No official word yet from Atlanta, but the Dream may hold Damiris Dantas (ankle) out for a fourth straight game heading into the break. For the Sparks, Alana Beard (groin) and Nneka Ogwumike (illness) are questionable.

Storylines to follow

Last meeting: Sparks 72, Dream 64 (June 12)

Only one team has strung together an 8-game winning streak this season, but the second-place Dream are hoping to become the second as they face the third-place Sparks on Tuesday night. Both teams control their own destiny as to their playoff spots before the All-Star break, as a loss for either team could send them tumbling down to the bottom half of the seedings.

The Sparks look especially vulnerable, having faced some inconsistencies lately on top of dealing with two major absences, though they still easily beat the Sky in their Sunday game. But the momentum tends to be on the side of the team with seven straight victories, and with the way Atlanta’s defense has been working for them even in games without a clear star scorer, it should be interesting to see if they can work a low-scoring game in their favor this time.