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Preview: WNBA Sunday quadruple-header features teams looking to maintain momentum

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The Sky hosts the Sun in a match of two top-ranked teams. Elsewhere, the Mystics look to defeat the Dream on the road, the Mercury and Sparks look to turn around disappointing starts and the Storm looks to win against the Fever.

The Chicago Sky hosts the Connecticut Sun in a Sunday matchup between two of the WNBA’s top teams.
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Sundays are big days in the WNBA, and this one is no exception, with four matches from brunch time to the evening.

Today, we will see each of the Top-3 teams in the league standings play. The league-leading Sun (9-1) will head on the road to play against the third-ranked Sky (5-3), who lost 76-69 last Friday to the Fever. Connecticut has won seven consecutive games, but Chicago has come along more quickly than anticipated. This is definitely the match of the day with tipoff at 6 p.m. ET.

Before the Sky and Sun face off, there’s brunch time basketball as well. The second-place Mystics are on the road against Dream at 1 p.m., who is off to a slow start. If Washington wins and Connecticut loses, it will tighten the race at the top of the standings.

The Mercury and Sparks will also play at 6 p.m. ET. In this matchup of two Western Conference rivals, both teams are trying to get past disappointing starts and three-game losing streaks.

And finally, the Storm hosts the Fever in a match between two teams playing better than their preseason projections would have some believe. Indiana is coming off the aforementioned win over the Sky, but Seattle is undefeated at home despite losing Breanna Stewart to an Achilles injury for the season.

Here’s how to watch all of Sunday’s games.

Game information

Atlanta Dream (2-6) vs. Washington Mystics (6-3)

When: Sunday, June 23, at 1 p.m. ET

Where: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA

How to watch: ESPN

Keys to the matchup: The Mystics are playing the third game of a four-game road trip and look to stay as close as they can to the No. 1 seeded Sun. The game also features Elena Delle Donne and Tiffany Hayes, both of whom are dealing with slower-than-expected starts. Delle Donne scored a season-high 29 points in Thursday’s win over the Aces, so perhaps she is ready to go on a tear.

Chicago Sky (5-3) vs. Connecticut Sun (9-1)

When: Sunday, June 23, at 6 p.m. ET

Where: Wintrust Arena, Chicago, IL

How to watch: NBA TV (National), The U Too (Chicago), NESN (New England)

Keys to the matchup: This is the WNBA’s marquee match of the night as the league’s current top and third-placed teams face off. Though the Sun will have the advantage in the low post with Jonquel Jones, the Sky could have a slight edge in the backcourt if Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley can counter with a big night of their own.

Phoenix Mercury (2-5) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (4-5)

When: Sunday, June 23, at 6 p.m. ET

Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ

How to watch: WNBA League Pass (streaming), Fox Sports Arizona Plus (Phoenix)

Keys to the matchup: The Mercury and Sparks come into tonight’s game on disappointing three-game losing streaks. Given that these teams were also projected to contend for the WNBA championship in the preseason, perhaps the winner of tonight’s game can use it as a positive turning point to the year. Diana Taurasi will probably not return tonight, but it’s clear the Phoenix also misses her dearly.

Seattle Storm (6-4) vs. Indiana Fever (5-5)

When: Sunday, June 23, at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, WA

How to watch: WNBA League Pass (streaming), JOEtv (Seattle)

Keys to the matchup: The Storm and Fever come into tonight’s game after winning their last matches on Friday. Seattle, in particular, had an emotional 84-62 win over the Sparks with head coach Dan Hughes returning to the bench after cancer surgery. Can the Storm keep the momentum and its undefeated home record going against a much-improved Fever team tonight?