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Preview: Mystics host Liberty, Wings host Fever, Lynx host Sparks in Thursday’s early matchups

Here are the previews for Thursday’s early WNBA games.

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Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx host the Sparks on Thursday night.
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There are five games on Thursday night in the WNBA! Here are the previews for the first three games.

Washington Mystics (10-6) vs. New York Liberty (5-12)

When: Thursday July 5 at 7 p.m. EST

Where: Capital One Arena | TICKETS

How to watch: ESPN3 (national streaming) | NBC Sports Washington (D.C. area TV) | MSG Plus (New York area TV) | WNBA League Pass (worldwide streaming)

Injury report: For the Mystics, Ariel Atkins (concussion) is questionable.

Storylines to follow

The Mystics have steadily got back into fourth place in the WNBA standings after getting on a four-game win streak. Tonight, they will face off against a reeling New York Liberty team that doesn’t have much offensive firepower aside from Tina Charles.

With reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Month Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver leading the way for Washington, the Mystics should come out of this game with another win.

Dallas Wings (8-8) vs. Indiana Fever (2-16)

When: Thursday July 5 at 8 p.m. EST

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse | TICKETS

How to watch: ESPN3 (national streaming) | Fox Sports Southwest Plus (Dallas are TV) | WNBA League Pass (worldwide streaming)

Injury report: For the Wings, Karima Christmas-Kelly (knee) and Theresa Plaisance (knee) are out. For the Fever, Shenise Johnson (knee) is out.

Storylines to follow

The Wings are back at .500 after defeating the Sky 108-85 on Tuesday. Liz Cambage’s 37-point performance was amazing. If she and Skylar Diggins-Smith can score a combined 50 points like they did on Tuesday, Dallas should be able to win this game comfortably.

As for the Fever, they won their second game of the season on Tuesday against the Lynx in Cappie Pondexter’s debut. Indiana isn’t likely to contend for very much this season besides a high lottery pick. That said, the second half of Indiana’s season should look better than the first.

Minnesota Lynx (10-7) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (12-6)

When: Thursday July 5 at 8 p.m. EST

Where: Target Center | TICKETS

How to watch: ESPN2 (national TV) | WatchESPN (national streaming) | WNBA League Pass (worldwide streaming)

Injury report: No injuries to report

Storylines to follow

Before the season started, most expected to see both Minnesota and LA as the WNBA’s top two teams in the standings with room to spare. While the Sparks are third place with a 12-6 record (and just one game behind the Mercury and Storm), the Lynx started with a 3-6 record before winning seven in a row. Yes, Minnesota lost last Tuesday to the Fever — but they were also probably looking forward to this game being a more accurate reflection of their potential this season.

This is also the third between the Lynx and Sparks this season with the Sparks winning both of their previous meetings. Though most WNBA teams play each other three times per season, the Lynx and Sparks will play each other four times in 2018. The last match is on August 2 in Los Angeles.