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Preview: Sky, Aces meet in top-4 matchup, headline 5-game Sunday

The Chicago Sky face off against the Las Vegas Aces in a top-four matchup. Plus, the defensively-minded Minnesota Lynx travel to play the Seattle Storm and the league’s top two teams play on their home courts.

Los Angeles Sparks v Chicago Sky
Allie Quigley scored 26 points in the Sky’s win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday. Quigley will need a repeat performance to offset the Aces’ high-scoring frontcourt.
Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images

Entering the last two weeks of the regular season, execution and performance become more important as the playoff seedings finalize. Sunday’s five games will start to show where each team is mentally and physically heading into the playoffs.

In the day’s highlight game, the fourth-place Chicago Sky face off against the third-place Las Vegas Aces. The Aces are just two games below the league-leading Washington Mystics, who punched their ticket to the playoffs on Friday night. A run of wins for either the Sky or Aces could see them into the highly-coveted top two spots of the playoffs.

The Seattle Storm and the Minnesota Lynx are separated by just half a game, in sixth and seventh place, respectively. Seattle has dropped its last two games, while Minnesota lost its last game. But both of these teams are battle-tested and could surprise any of the teams in front of them down the stretch.

The Connecticut Sun are 8-2 in their last 10 games and are poised to finish in the top two. Meanwhile, the Dallas Wings are on a three-game winning streak, their longest of the season. Unfortunately for the Wings, the game is on the road, where they are 1-11.

The Mystics have won their last five games, four of them by double-figures, and are 9-1 in their last 10 games. Their opponent, the Indiana Fever, have won three of their last four games and sit three games behind the eighth-place Phoenix Mercury. However, the Fever’s last loss came at the hands of the Mystics.

The Mercury take the court for the third and final time without their suspended center Britney Griner against the New York Liberty. Phoenix won their last game and face a Liberty team that has lost their last seven games.

Game information

Connecticut Sun (18-8) vs. Dallas Wings (9-17)

When: Sunday, Aug. 18, at 3 p.m. ET

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

How to watch: WNBA League Pass, NESN+

Keys to the matchup: Can the Wings get it together on the road? The Wings are capable of beating the Sun. However, their play on the road has not matched their home performances. For the Sun, they have little room for error with the Aces right behind them.

Washington Mystics (19-7) vs. Indiana Fever (9-16)

When: Sunday, Aug. 18, at 3 p.m. ET

Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena, Washington, DC

How to watch: NBA TV, NBC Sports Washington, TSN

Keys to the matchup: The Fever will need to contain the offensive prowess of the Mystics if they want to win. Elena Delle Donne is a pure scorer and it will be on Candice Dupree to keep her contained.

Chicago Sky (15-10) vs. Las Vegas Aces (17-9)

When: Sunday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. ET

Where: Wintrust Arena, Chicago, IL

How to watch: NBA TV, The U Too, NBA TV Canada

Keys to the matchup: The Sky will need to hide their disadvantages in the post by outplaying the backcourt of the Aces. Dearica Hamby and Liz Cambage are forces to be reckoned with and the Sky will have to mitigate the tandem if they want to win today.

Phoenix Mercury (12-13) vs. New York Liberty (8-17)

When: Sunday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. ET

Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ

How to watch: WNBA League Pass

Keys to the matchup: The Mercury got a good game from DeWanna Bonner in their last game, as she scored 27 points. They will need more of that from Bonner as they cope with the suspension of Brittney Griner. The Liberty will need Tina Charles to take advantage of the missing Mercury center in the post.

Seattle Storm (14-13) vs. Minnesota Lynx (13-13)

When: Sunday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, WA

How to watch: WNBA League Pass, Joe TV

Keys to the matchup: Two defensively talented teams makes this a fun matchup. Both teams are likely in the playoffs but consistent execution on the offensive end is lacking.