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Preview: Atlanta Dream hope to test Chicago Sky

The Dream have a second chance to show what they’ve got against a Sky team that looked good but only put up 70 points. Meanwhile the Sun look to remain unbeaten against a Fever team that gave New York two close games.

Chicago Sky v Washington Mystics
Diamond DeShields
Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

The Washington Mystics may have been without Elena Delle Donne and Myisha Hines-Allen, but the Chicago Sky looked really good in their opener. They are one of four teams left undefeated and are really the only one that was expected to be a championship contender entering the season. The Liberty, Sun and Wings have all surprised us a little bit.

In their second game of the season on Wednesday night, Candace Parker and company face an Atlanta Dream team that may be the biggest wild card in the league. They lack superstar firepower, but have arguably the most solid roster top to bottom in the WNBA. Things didn’t go so well for them in their opener as they scored just 67 points in a loss to the Connecticut Sun.

Those Sun followed up the win by defeating the big three of the Phoenix Mercury and DeWanna Bonner may have put Swish Appeal on notice.

Connecticut returns a key player in Jasmine Thomas Wednesday night as they take on the Indiana Fever, so watch out.

The 0-2 Fever were a unanimous pick to be at No. 12 in the Swish Appeal power rankings, but looked competitive against the Liberty, nearly winning both games. Kelsey Mitchell has quietly averaged 19.5 points per game and Danielle Robinson knows she needs to play like a star so she didn’t hold back in the team’s second game.


Game information

Chicago Sky (1-0) vs. Atlanta Dream (0-1)

When: Wednesday, May 19 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Gateway Center Arena in College Park, GA

How to watch: Facebook or The U

Sky injury report: Azurá Stevens (out; foot), Allie Quigley (out; hamstring)

Dream injury report: Cheyenne Parker (out; health and safety protocol)

Keys to the matchup: Atlanta has speedy guards who will be going up against a team that had one of the best season-opening performances on the defensive end in the league. Can Courtney Vandersloot, Kahleah Copper and Diamond DeShields stay in front of Chennedy Carter, Tiffany Hayes and Aari McDonald?

Indiana Fever (0-2) vs. Connecticut Sun (2-0)

When: Wednesday, May 19 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT

How to watch: CBS Sports Network or Fever.WNBA.com

Fever injury report: Lauren Cox (out; knee), Aaliyah Wilson (out; foot)

Sun injury report: Alyssa Thomas (out for season; Achilles)

Keys to the matchup: 6-foot-6 Jonquel Jones will be going up against 6-foot-8 Teaira McCowan inside. McCowan has been hard to stop at times this season and was nearly the reason the Fever beat the Liberty on opening day. Can Jones find a way to contain her and take away a key strength for Indiana. And can she be a versatile scorer like she is capable of being and score more points than she did against Phoenix to take some of the scoring load off of DeWanna Bonner’s shoulders?