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Preview: Fever host Wings, Liberty host Mystics in Friday doubleheader

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Two winless teams — Dallas Wings and New York Liberty — look to get their first wins against opponents experiencing strong starts.

Indiana Fever guard Erica Wheeler has led the team to a strong 2-1 start so far this season.
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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 of tonight’s games, the Indiana Fever (2-1) will host the Dallas Wings (0-2). Indiana comes into this game looking to continue a strong start after picking up two wins against the Liberty already. Though Indiana doesn’t figure to make a deep playoff run this year, it is still very encouraging to see that they are taking care of business against other teams that also are in rebuilding situations.

The Wings may be winless, but they lost all of their games so far by a combined seven points. If they can lower the number of fouls they commit per game (24.5 fouls committed vs. 15 fouls drawn), Dallas could turn some of those close losses into close wins by limiting their opponents’ free-throw chances.

The second match tonight features the Liberty (0-3) as they host a Mystics (2-1) team coming off two consecutive blowout wins at home. Though Emma Meesseman and Kim Mestdagh are out due to EuroBasket Women commitments, Washington still comes into this game as heavy favorites. However, New York has Tina Charles who is still one of the best posts in the WNBA. But she doesn’t have much of a supporting cast.

Here’s how to watch tonight’s games:


Game information

Indiana Fever (2-1) vs. Dallas Wings (0-2)

When: Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

How to watch: CBS Sports Network

Keys to the matchup: The Fever are shooting 47.6 percent from the field as a team and point guard Erica Wheeler is off to an excellent start averaging 17.3 points and 6.7 assists per game. For the Wings, their starting backcourt of Arike Ogunbowale and Tayler Hill is shooting less than 35 percent from the field. Both players need to improve their efficiency to start turning things around or another guard will take their places. Brooke McCarty-Williams has proven to be the Wings’ most reliable guard, averaging 6.5 points on 41.7 percent shooting and a team-leading 5 assists per game.

New York Liberty (0-3) vs. Washington Mystics (2-1)

When: Friday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY

How to watch: WNBA League Pass, FOX Sports Go (New York market), Monumental Sports Network (Washington area)

Keys to the matchup: The Mystics will rely on their starting trio of Elena Delle Donne, Kristi Toliver and Ariel Atkins who should be able to lead Washington to a comfortable win. Even though they had some travel delays Thursday evening, they made it to New York before midnight. For the Liberty to win this game, however, can Kia Nurse or Asia Durr have big performances as well as Charles? If the young duo can put up big numbers along with Charles, it could be enough for New York to come up with a quality win.