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Preview: Storm host Aces to headline Friday trio of nationally-televised games

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The Seattle Storm will host the Las Vegas Aces in a match between two teams on long winning streaks. Also, the Indiana Fever host the Washington Mystics and the Connecticut Sun host the Atlanta Dream. All games will be televised on CBS Sports Network or NBA TV.

Seattle Storm v Las Vegas Aces
Natasha Howard will have her hands full when the Storm host the Aces in a nationally-televised game on Friday.
Photo by David Becker/NBAE via Getty Images

Each match in tonight’s triple-header features at least one team toward the top of the league standings. All games will be televised live on NBA TV or CBS Sports Network.

In the first game of the night, the Washington Mystics have been on a slump since last week. They lost three games in a row, with Elena Delle Donne missing time after suffering a nasal fracture on July 7 in a loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. The Mystics will face off against an Indiana Fever team that has punched above its weight until recently.

Next, the Connecticut Sun host the Atlanta Dream as the first match in four-game homestand. with forward Jonquel Jones on the court, the WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Atlanta will be clear underdog. They enter this one on a two-game losing streak. Still, if Tiffany Hayes can score quickly the Dream could make it a contest.

Finally, the Seattle Storm host the Las Vegas Aces in a battle between two surging teams. The Storm won three consecutive games and are holding steady despite the mounting injuries to their roster. Las Vegas is on a five-game winning streak and now leads in the standings.


Game information

Indiana Fever (6-12) vs. Washington Mystics (9-6)

When: Friday, July 19, at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

How to watch: CBS Sports Network, WNDY, Monumental Sports Network

Keys to the matchup: Delle Donne will probably play tonight, which is good news for the Mystics. Though Washington is favored to win, it will be interesting to see how Delle Donne and Emma Meesseman play together over a significant stretch. For Indiana, Kelsey Mitchell remains their top shooting threat. However, she didn’t score in double figures in two of her last four games. Mitchell needs a strong performance tonight to prevent Indiana from falling further in the standings.

Connecticut Sun (11-6) vs. Atlanta Dream (5-12)

When: Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

How to watch: NBA TV, NESN+, WSB NOW, SN1

Keys to the matchup: Jones is Connecticut’s leading scoring and main rebounding threat, averaging 15.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. If Atlanta’s starting post duo of Jessica Breland and Elizabeth Williams can contain Jones, the Dream will have a chance to win. The Dream have the WNBA’s worst team offensive rating (91.5 points per 100 possessions), which must improve for them to bounce back for the rest of the season.

Seattle Storm (11-8) vs. Las Vegas Aces (11-5)

When: Friday, July 19, at 10 p.m. ET

Where: Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, WA

How to watch: NBA TV, JOEtv, NBA TV Canada

Keys to the matchup: Natasha Howard* is having a career year for Seattle, averaging a career-high 18.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Though the Storm are on a winning streak, the Aces may be a bit too much to overcome. This is because Las Vegas already has an advantage at the post with their All-Star duo of Liz Cambage and A’ja Wilson.


*Swish Appeal is aware of the domestic violence allegations against Natasha Howard. You can find more information here: https://theathletic.com/1078202/2019/07/16/is-storm-wnbas-response-to-domestic-violence-claims-against-natasha-howard-enough/.