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Preview: Lynx host Fever, Sparks host Sun in Tuesday night’s WNBA matchups

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It’s Independence Day Eve and there’s plenty of basketball to watch before the fireworks tomorrow.

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There are two games on Tuesday evening in the WNBA. Chat here on tonight’s Independence Day Eve contests, one of which is on Twitter!

Minnesota Lynx (10-6) vs. Indiana Fever (1-16)

When: Tuesday July 3 at 8 p.m. EST

Where: Target Center | TICKETS

How to watch: Twitter Sports

Injury report: For the Lynx, Danielle Robinson (hamstring) is questionable. For the Fever, Shenise Johnson (knee) is out.

Storylines to follow

The Lynx will go for their eighth straight win tonight. Barring an out-of-this world performance from Indiana, that is probably what’s going to happen. The Fever are effectively out of any postseason contention and are on track to be the worst team in WNBA history from a wins and losses perspective.

On Monday, Indiana signed Cappie Pondexter and made room for her by waiving rookie Hind Ben Abdelkader. In the 2018 season, Pondexter averaged just 3.6 points a game for the Sparks, who waived her on June 28. Pondexter played for Fever head coach Pokey Chatman in 2015 and 2016 while with the Chicago Sky. Perhaps adding Pondexter to Indiana’s rotation could give them a boost for the rest of this season.

In most cases, replacing a 22-year-old guard like Ben Abdelkader for a 35 year old like Pondexter is not acceptable on a rebuilding team. However, Ben Abdelkader only shot 18.6 percent from the field for 2.1 points a game while averaging 10 minutes per contest. The Belgian came to Indiana after a strong season with Turkish power Hatay, where she was known for three-point shooting. But in Indiana, she only made 20 percent of her threes.

Expect Minnesota to win this one, but Pondexter should have a few vintage performances in store as well.

Los Angeles Sparks (12-5) vs. Connecticut Sun (9-7)

When: Tuesday July 3 at 10:30 p.m. EST


How to watch: WNBA League Pass (worldwide streaming) | Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles area TV) | WCCT (Connecticut TV)

Injury report: For the Sun, Alyssa Thomas (shoulder) is out while Courtney Williams is questionable due to personal reasons.

Storylines to follow

The Sparks hope to get back in position for a Top 2 seed by with a win Tuesday night. In their last game against the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday, the Sparks had a very even attack in their starting lineup as they have been all season. In fact, reserve post Jantel Lavender was the leading scorer with 17 points. Also, though Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike are typically the main focuses for the Sparks, Chelsea Gray is actually leading L.A. in minutes played (31.3) and assists (5.5) while being third in scoring (15.1 ppg).

The Sun on the other hand are trying to stop the bleeding. They lost five of their last seven games. What makes things a bit worse for Connecticut is that their last two wins came against the rebuilding Fever. Connecticut is heading into this game, which is the second of a four-game Western Conference road trip. The Sun need to get things together fast, even if Alyssa Thomas is unable to play for the forseeable future given her shoulder injury.