The Chicago Sky and New York Liberty face off on Wednesday night for the third and final time this season. It’s a series that Chicago has dominated thus far: The Sky defeated the Liberty in New York back on June 19 and won a blowout nearly a month later.
The WNBA standings align with those results. Chicago currently sits in fifth place at 12-9, having won five of its last six games. New York, meanwhile, is 8-13 — not a catastrophic record, but if the playoffs started today, the Liberty would miss out. An upset of the Sky in Chicago would be vital in getting New York back on track.
When: Wednesday, August 7, at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Wintrust Arena, Chicago, IL
How to watch: Twitter, The U Too
Keys to the matchup: Defense has to be a concern for the Liberty tonight. Chicago scored 112.3 and 113.8 points per 100 possessions in these teams’ first two matchups, respectively — significantly more than the 101.7 points per 100 possessions New York is allowing on average. More efficient offense might help the Liberty stymie this. Chicago ranks second in the league in fast break points per game, so if New York can shoot the ball well, it will give itself a chance to compete with the Sky’s pace.