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Preview: Sun take on Liberty in early matchup, Mystics hit the road to face Lynx

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The Connecticut Sun have won their last three games and face the defensively-challenged New York Liberty. The high-scoring Washington Mystics face a defense-minded Minnesota Lynx team looking to end a two-game skid.

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Elena Delle Donne leads the Washington Mystics against the Minnesota Lynx on NBA TV.
Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images

Today, the Connecticut Sun return home on five days’ rest to face the New York Liberty for the first time this season. The Sun are in second place with a 12-6 record, having won their last three games. The ninth-place Liberty won their last game against the Los Angeles Sparks.

Consistency has been tough to come by for both of these teams. For the Sun, their struggles have come on the road where they are just 4-5. Luckily, the Sun will face the Liberty at home. The Liberty score a lot of points, but their defense has been lacking — they rank last in opponent field goal percentage and points allowed.

The Washington Mystics travel to face the Minnesota Lynx, who have lost three of their last four games. Meanwhile, the Mystics have won back-to-back games after losing three straight games. The Lynx are relatively sound on defense, but their offense is in dire need of some help. This is most embodied by the fact that the Lynx turn the ball over a lot, but also create a lot of turnovers. The Lynx also rely on turnovers to score points, so the Mystics would do well to play a clean game.

Washington has been an offensive powerhouse this season. The Mystics have their six losses evenly split between home and away. However, the Mystics do find themselves in closer games on the road, outscoring their opponents by nearly six points on the road to 13 points at home.

Game information

Connecticut Sun (12-6) vs. New York Liberty (8-10)

When: Wednesday, July 24, at 11:30 a.m. ET

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

How to watch: WNBA League Pass, NESN+

Keys to the matchup: Four All-Stars headline this matchup: Jonquel Jones and Alyssa Thomas for Connecticut, and Tina Charles and Kia Nurse for New York. How well these four play will likely decide the game.

Minnesota Lynx (10-9) vs. Washington Mystics (11-6)

When: Wednesday, July 24, at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

How to watch: NBA TV, Monumental, SN1, Fox Sports Go

Keys to the matchup: Elena Della Donne is the fourth-highest scorer in the league and the sixth-best three-point shooter (with a minimum of 50 attempts). She will need to be the focus of the Lynx’s defense. The Lynx allow the third-fewest points at home, but the Mystics are the best-scoring team on the road. The Lynx will have to make it tough for the Mystics to score or they could get run out of their own building.