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Preview: Fever hosts Sky, Wings host Dream, Sparks host Liberty in Saturday night triple-header

There are three matchups tonight featuring one Eastern Conference rivalry and two matches featuring teams looking to dig out of early slumps.

Diamond DeShields and the Chicago Sky look to get their first road win of the season on Saturday night.
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There are two WNBA games on Friday, both of which feature matchups between teams looking to remain high in the standings and teams looking for their first win.

In the first game, the Indiana Fever hosts the Chicago Sky in a matchup between two teams that were in last year’s Draft Lottery. This season, however, both teams have gotten off to stronger starts. Chicago is undefeated at home, but was blown out in road losses to the Minnesota Lynx on May 25 and Washington Mystics on June 5. The Fever has started its season on a strong note after a down 2018 season, but is just 2-2 at home.

The second match features the Dallas Wings, who host the Atlanta Dream. Both teams are at the bottom of the standings. The Dream hopes to avoid a five-game slide, while the Wings are hoping to get a home win in a relatively more even matchup. Both teams were able to keep things relatively close in their last games, so expect a very spirited match between them.

The third and latest match is between the Los Angeles Sparks and the New York Liberty. Both teams will be playing on the second half of a back-to-back. New York is now rebounding after an 0-4 start to its 2019 season.

Here’s how to watch tonight’s games:

Game information

Indiana Fever vs. Chicago Sky

When: Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

How to watch: FOX Sports Indiana (Indianapolis), The U Too (Chicago), WNBA League Pass (worldwide)

Keys to the matchup: Diamond DeShields has started the season very strong for Chicago, averaging 15.4 points per game heading into this contest. Meanwhile, Kelsey Mitchell leads the Fever’s deep scoring unit, where she is averaging 15.7 points per game.

Dallas Wings vs. Atlanta Dream

When: Saturday, June 15 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: College Park Center, Arlington, TX

How to watch: NBA TV (National), FOX Sports Southwest Plus (Dallas area)

Keys to the matchup: Dallas is still struggling to come up with a solid offensive unit. That said, Kayla Thornton (11 points per game) has increased her scoring average in each of her four WNBA seasons, and perhaps Megan Gustafson will see her first professional minutes at some point in the game. As for Atlanta, Tiffany Hayes is having a slow start to her season, averaging just 9.2 points per game on 34.6 percent shooting. For the Dream to get back on track, Hayes must have a bigger performance tonight.

Los Angeles Sparks vs. New York Liberty

When: Saturday, June 15 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

How to watch: NBA TV (National), Spectrum SportsNet (L.A. area)

Keys to the matchup: After a rough start to the 2019 season, the Liberty has won two consecutive games. Kia Nurse, in particular, has stepped up as a scorer during New York’s win streak, including a 26-point outburst against the Minnesota Lynx on June 12. Coincidentally, the Sparks also defeated the Lynx last Saturday when Chelsea Gray scored 21 points for the victors. This game will be an opportunity for the Liberty to take control of its season, while the Sparks look to get towards the top of the standings.