The Connecticut Sun are still one of only three teams in the WNBA with a winning record, but want to avoid a three-game losing streak when they face the Chicago Sky. Plus, the Dallas Wings take on the Minnesota Lynx and the Indiana Fever face the Washington Mystics.
The Connecticut Sun (8-4) will look to salvage this stretch where Jonquel Jones is out with a win over the Chicago Sky (6-7) at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The Sun have fallen three games behind the first-place Seattle Storm and 1.5 games behind the second-place Las Vegas Aces due to their loss to the Sky on Thursday. Meanwhile, Chicago is on a four-game roll and will look to improve to 6-0 with Candace Parker.
Elsewhere, the Dallas Wings (5-7) have lost two in a row and will look to get back to their ascending ways against the Minnesota Lynx (5-6). Dallas has lost two in a row. The first loss was to the Aces, but the second to the Lynx was a bit disappointing. With that being said, it would have been disappointing from the Lynx’s perspective to fall to 4-7 seeing as they are still hoping to contend as well.
Also on Saturday, the Indiana Fever trudge along with their 1-13 record and hope to defeat the one team they have beaten this year: the Washington Mystics (5-6). Washington has stressed its desire to find consistency after what has been and up and down season.
Connecticut Sun (8-4) vs. Chicago Sky (6-7)
When: Saturday, June 19 at 2 p.m. ET
Where: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL
How to watch: CBS
Key to the matchup: The numbers were pretty even across the board in terms of turnovers, rebounding and field goal percentage in the game between these two on Thursday, but the Sky won because Courtney Vandersloot was able to distribute with 10 assists leading to five players in double figures. Jasmine Thomas led Connecticut with 20 points, so she brought the offense, but she is also one of the best defenders in the league. She and Briann January need to bring their trademark defense against Vandersloot and disrupt her if the Sun are to pull off a win without Jonquel Jones.
Sun injury report: Alyssa Thomas (out for season; Achilles), Jonquel Jones (out; FIBA)
Sky injury report: none
Indiana Fever (1-13) vs. Washington Mystics (5-6)
When: Saturday, June 19 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington or fever.wnba.com or NBA TV Canada
Key to the matchup: In the Fever’s win over the Mystics, all of the their key offensive players, except for Jantel Lanvender who didn’t play, scored eight or more points. Kelsey Mitchell, the team’s best scorer, had 18, Jessica Breland and Teaira McCowan both had 17, Danielle Robinson had 13, Victoria Vivians had 11 and Tiffany Mitchell had eight. So it took a complete team effort. Indiana is the worst offensive team in the league at 74.4 points per game so it can’t afford to have certain players disappear from time to time, especially K. Mitchell. In the win over the Mystics the Fever also outrebounded Washington behind 10-rebound performances from Breland and McCowan, so that may be key again. For the Mystics, their last win was all about heart and effort and of course the talent of Ariel Atkins. They’ll need to keep up the heart and effort as they will be playing with limited depth again.
Fever injury report: Bernadett Határ (probable; ankle)
Mystics injury report: Kiara Leslie (out; concussion), Myisha Hines-Allen (out; knee), Erica McCall (out; knee), Elena Delle Donne (out; back)
Minnesota Lynx (5-6) vs. Dallas Wings (5-7)
When: Saturday, June 19 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: College Park Center in Arlington, TX
How to watch: BSSW+ or Bally Sports North+ or TSN
Key to the matchup: The Wings need more of an inside presence in this game. They were outrebounded by the Lynx on Thursday and lost the field goal percentage battle 48.5 percent to 34.7 percent. It’s hard when you’re going up against Sylvia Fowles and don’t have any one player who can match her. Fowles had 14 points and 12 rebounds on Thursday. The teams were almost exactly even from beyond the arc, so making more two-point shots will be key for the Wings. Minnesota should look to keep Kayla McBride involved because it is a much more dangerous team when she’s complementing Fowles and Napheesa Collier.
Lynx injury report: Natalie Achonwa (out; knee), Rennia Davis (out for season; foot), Aerial Powers (out; thumb), Jessica Shepard (out; groin)
Wings injury report: none