WNBA: Haley Jones, Atlanta Dream seeking to transfer above .500

There’s loads of motion within the WNBA on Tuesday. We begin off in Texas with the Dallas Wings internet hosting the Atlanta Dream at 8 p.m. ET, then head out west the place the Los Angeles Sparks host the Minnesota Lynx and the Seattle Storm host the Connecticut Solar — each at 10 p.m. ET.

The Dream are very a lot playoff contenders. At 5-5, they’re proper within the combine, and with a win on Tuesday, they firmly solidify themselves as a Prime 5 workforce within the league.

Dallas, however, has been struggling. They do have some wonderful gamers like Arike Ogunbowale, Satou Sabally and Natasha Howard, however the lack of depth has led to extra losses than wins in 2023.

To drag off the win, the Wings will want their supporting solid to step up, particularly their bigs, as retaining Cheyenne Parker off the boards will probably be crucial in the event that they wish to eradicate second-chance alternatives and factors within the paint.

Los Angeles has misplaced two video games in a row, nevertheless it’s been extra of a results of accidents than poor efficiency. Sadly for Curt Miller and the Sparks, the damage scenario continues to be a problem Tuesday as they’ll nonetheless be with out Lexie Brown, who will miss her third recreation in a row resulting from a non-COVID sickness. The Sparks are actually counting on two hardship contract gamers, Rae Burrell and Destanni Henderson, to fill out their roster and provides them sufficient depth to area a workforce.

The Sparks may be stretched skinny however they nonetheless have the expertise to succeed. Nneka Ogwumike is placing up All-Star starter numbers, averaging 19.6 factors and 9.8 rebounds an evening, and Jordin Canada is having a profession 12 months with 13.7 factors and 5.6 assists an evening.

The Lynx could solely have three wins on the season, however two are in opposition to Los Angeles, so that they have to love their possibilities. To get the victory, they’ll want Naphessa Collier to dominate in opposition to the Sparks bigs. Additionally, an offensive burst from Tiffany Mitchell may add additional strain on a short-handed Sparks backcourt.

The Connecticut Solar look nearly as good as ever and are 9-3 on the season, good for the second-best report within the WNBA. Seattle is clearly in a rebuilding season, sitting at 3-7 and adjusting to life with out Breanna Stewart. That life gained’t get simpler on Tuesday in opposition to the Solar. The one benefit Seattle could have is that the sport is of their constructing. With Connecticut stacked from high to backside, pulling off the upset will seemingly require a variety of heavy lifting from their star guard Jewell Loyd.

Recreation info

Dallas Wings (5-6) vs. Atlanta Dream (5-5)

When: Tuesday, June 20 at 8 p.m. ET

The place: School Park Middle in Arlington, TX

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Wings damage report: Diamond DeShields (out; knee), Lou Lopez Sénéchal (out; knee)

Dream damage report: Aari McDonald (out; shoulder), Iliana Rupert (out indefinitely; contract suspension)

Los Angeles Sparks (5-6) vs. Minnesota Lynx (3-8)

When: Tuesday, June 20 at 10 p.m. ET

The place: Crypto.com Enviornment in Los Angeles, CA

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Sparks damage report: Lexie Brown (out; sickness), Nia Clouden (out; knee), Layshia Clarendon (out; foot), Katie Lou Samuelson (out; private)

Lynx damage report: Aerial Powers (out; ankle), Jessica Shepard (out; sickness), Diamond Miller (out; ankle), Natalie Achonwa (out; private)

Seattle Storm (3-7) vs. Connecticut Solar (9-3)

When: Tuesday, June 20 at 10 p.m. ET

The place: Local weather Pledge Enviornment in Seattle, WA

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Storm damage report: none

Solar damage report: none