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UPDATE — Preview: Sky host Dream, Mystics host Aces, Storm host Lynx on Friday

Playoff tiebreakers and standings are on the line tonight! The Aces-Mystics matchup has been cancelled.

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Elena Delle Donne (L) of the Mystics and A’ja Wilson (R) of the Aces will play tonight in a game where the winner will clinch a tiebreaker.
Stewart W. Small

There are three two WNBA games on Friday. The Aces-Mystics game has been cancelled.

Here’s the preview!

Chicago Sky (10-17) vs. Atlanta Dream (16-10)

When: Friday, August 3 at 7 p.m. EST

Where: Wintrust Arena | TICKETS

How to watch: WNBA League Pass (worldwide streaming) | Fox Sports Southeast (Atlanta TV) | The U Too (Chicago TV)

Injury report: For the Sky, Jamierra Faulkner (knee) is out. The Dream have no injuries to report.

Storylines to follow

The Dream lick their wounds from last Tuesday’s home loss to the Mystics. They’re still second place in the WNBA standings, but Atlanta is also trying to secure that seed to secure a semifinals berth and a second round bye. If the Dream can finish the season in second place or even first, they would be the first Eastern Conference team to earn a semifinals berth outright.

The Sky aren’t realistically fighting for a playoff spot though they’re not mathematically eliminated just yet. Still, there are few things sweeter than making things a bit more difficult for opponents toward the top of the standings. The Minnesota Lynx, who were once eighth place earlier this season, are now third place.


Washington Mystics (15-11) vs. Las Vegas Aces (12-14)

When: Friday, August 3 at 8 p.m. EST

Where: Capital One Arena | TICKETS

How to watch: NBA TV (national TV) | NBC Sports Washington (D.C. area television) | WNBA League Pass (worldwide streaming)

Injury report: No injuries to report.

Storylines to follow

This game has been delayed by an hour because of airport delays for the Aces’ commercial flight.

The Mystics started their post All-Star Break schedule on the right note after beating the Atlanta Dream who were on a franchise high eight game win streak. They will play an Aces team that lost last Wednesday at home to the Mercury, but they are still in striking distance of a playoff berth.

There’s something bigger at stake tonight — a tiebreaker. If the Mystics and Aces are tied at the regular season, the winner of this game wins the tiebreaker and gets a higher seed. It’s mathematically possible that both teams end up with 19-15 or 20-14 regular season records if they get on a hot streak. In these circumstances, it’s likely that both will have high playoff seeds.

However, it’s more likely that the Aces aren’t going to be more than a .500 team while the Mystics remain about the same, considering their remaining schedule is very tough. If Las Vegas wins tonight and ends up with the same regular season record the Mystics have, then Vegas gets the higher seed. It could even mean that Vegas gets the eighth seed while the Mystics head for the WNBA Draft Lottery.

After Elena Delle Donne’s big double double performance last Tuesday vs. Atlanta, it would be nice to see her do it again, while A’ja Wilson is more than capable of doing the same for the Aces.

Seattle Storm (20-7) vs. Minnesota Lynx (15-11)

When: Friday, August 3 at 10 p.m. EST

Where: KeyArena | TICKETS

How to watch: NBA TV (national TV) | Joe TV (Seattle area TV) | WNBA League Pass (worldwide streaming)

Injury report: No injuries to report

Storylines to follow

The Storm have their first 20-win season since 2011. Tonight’s match could be a future WNBA Finals or semifinals series later this summer. Though the Storm are four games ahead of the Lynx, this WNBA season has proven to be quite unpredictable and very competitive. Therefore, expect them to put an all-out effort to even the series.

The Lynx won the first meeting back on June 26 so tonight is a chance for them to get a tiebreaker against the WNBA’s leading team, for now. If Minnesota gets on a run while the Storm get into an unlikely slump, don’t be surprised to see the Lynx finish at the top of the regular standings just like most predicted in the preseason. The only difference this time is that the Lynx just had to dig really deep unlike some past seasons.

Minnesota lost to the Sparks last night in a blowout, so it’s possible they may have been “saving their powder” for this game. Sure, overtaking the Storm is a tall task this late in the WNBA season. But winning this game can set the tone that the Lynx are warming up at the right time of year.