With the first half of the season nearly complete, no team has separated itself from the pack. The Connecticut Sun, currently second in the league, take on the last-place Atlanta Dream to kick off Wednesday’s action. The Dream are 5.5 games back of the Sun with nine teams in between.
Atlanta has been unable to recreate its success from last season and finds itself with a 3-10 record. But the Sun have dropped their last four games, with their last win coming at home against the Dream nearly three weeks ago.
The Washington Mystics return home to face the Phoenix Mercury after a 17-point loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. The Mystics have appeared to be the best team in the league, given some of their dominant performances throughout the season. Last time out, the Mercury got back to .500 with a win over the Dream. Recently, their play has been more consistent, as they have won four of their last five games.
The Indiana Fever ended a four-game losing streak with a big win over the Dallas Wings. Today they face the Las Vegas Aces, who are in game two of a four-game road trip after beating the New York Liberty by 32 points on Sunday. The Aces are starting to settle in, given the expectations from the preseason, while the Fever are a young team still finding their way.
Finally, the Chicago Sky are at home tonight against the Minnesota Lynx. The Sky have won just two of their last seven games, while the Lynx have won four of their last five games. This matchup brings together a high-scoring team that gives up a lot of points in the Sky and a defensive team in the Lynx that tends to be good, but not great, on offense.
Here’s how to watch today’s games:
Atlanta Dream (3-10) vs. Connecticut Sun (9-5)
When: Wednesday, July 10, at 11 a.m. ET
Where: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
How to watch: NBA TV, Bounce TV/WSB Now, NESN, NBA TV Canada
Keys to the matchup: The Sun have dropped three straight games on the road, but they do already have a win in Atlanta. In that meeting, the Sun shot 28.4 percent from the field while the Dream shot 32.4 percent. Look for both teams to shoot better in this one.
Washington Mystics (9-4) vs. Phoenix Mercury (6-6)
When: Wednesday, July 10, at 11:30 a.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
How to watch: Twitter
Keys to the matchup: Britney Griner has scored 30-plus points in back-to-back games. The Mystics are middle of the road in terms of points allowed in the paint, so look for Griner to be the focal point of the Mercury’s offensive attack. The Mystics average nearly 92 points and make 11 three-point shots at home, which will definitely challenge Phoenix’s defense.
Indiana Fever (6-9) vs. Las Vegas Aces (9-5)
When: Wednesday, July 10, at 12 p.m. ET
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
How to watch: WNBA League Pass
Keys to the matchup: Despite a .500 road record, the Aces are pretty effective on offense, scoring an average of 83 points per road game. Offensive rebounding could be key, as the Fever allow over 10 offensive boards per game. Inside shooting will be the focus as both teams are near the bottom in made shots from beyond the arc.
Chicago Sky (7-7) vs. Minnesota Lynx (8-6)
When: Wednesday, July 10, at 9 p.m. ET
Where: Wintrust Arena, Chicago, IL
How to watch: CBS Sports Network, The U Too
Keys to the matchup: The Sky are near the bottom when it comes to points allowed, while the Lynx are in the top half of the league. The Sky will have to limit their turnovers, as the Lynx score just under 19 points per contest off of turnovers. Points in the paint should be a point of emphasis for Minnesota, as they have the advantage.