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7 p.m., Xcel Energy Center
Where to Watch: ESPN2
Where to Listen: 106.1 BOB FM
The Minnesota Lynx look to extend their six-game winning streak on Thursday night when they host the Atlanta Dream at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The Lynx come in at 19-2 overall and sit atop the WNBA standings. The Dream enter at 10-13 on the season and are in eighth place.
Here are a few tidbits entering Thursday’s game:
- The game is the only WNBA game being played Thursday night. There’s another reason for you to watch.
- The Lynx are 10-1 at Xcel Energy Center this season and are 9-1 in their last 10 games.
- Atlanta will have a few new faces in the game. The Dream acquired center Imani Boyette and forward Tamera Young from the Chicago Sky before Monday’s WNBA trade deadline.
Coming Off Of…
Minnesota is coming off of a 93-82 win over the Seattle Storm on Sunday in St. Paul.
Sylvia Fowles led the way for the Lynx in the game, finishing with 29 points, 12 rebounds. Maya Moore had 24 points, six assists and three rebounds, Rebekkah Brunson had 20 points and six rebounds, Renee Montgomery had eight points and five assists, Lindsay Whalen had seven points.
Atlanta is coming off of a 77-70 loss to the Washington Mystics on Sunday in Atlanta.
Elizabeth Williams had 18 points and five rebounds and Brittney Sykes had 14 points and five rebounds to lead the Dream. Layshia Clarendon had 11 points and 10 assists and Sancho Lyttle and Bria Holmes each added 10 points.
Minnesota holds a 1-0 season series advantage over Atlanta this season, with the Lynx winning the last matchup on July 28 by a score of 90-80.
In that game, Fowles had 29 points and eight rebounds and Moore had 17 points, three assists, three rebounds and three steals to lead the Lynx. Seimone Augustus had 14 points and 10 assists, Brunson had 12 points and eight rebounds and Natasha Howard had eight points off the bench.
For the Dream, Tiffany Hayes had 25 points and five assists and Sykes had 13 points. Clarendon had 10 points and eight assists, Lyttle had nine points and six rebounds and Holmes added seven points off the bench.
Thursday’s game is the second of three matchups between the two teams this season. The third and final game will come on Aug. 8 in Atlanta.
Key Matchup: Maya Moore vs. Tiffany Hayes
One matchup to watch out for in Thursday’s game will be between Minnesota’s Maya Moore and Atlanta’s Tiffany Hayes.
Entering the game, Moore is averaging 16.7 points (12th in WNBA), 5.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists (15th in WNBA) and 1.8 steals (2nd in WNBA) per game.
Hayes is averaging 17.1 points (11th in WNBA), 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 steals (9th in WNBA) per game this season.
Atlanta: Boyette (ankle) is questionable. Aneika Henry-Morello (foot) and Angel McCoughtry (personal reasons) are out.
Minnesota: Augustus (personal reasons) is questionable.
Atlanta: PG – Clarendon, SG – Sykes, SF – Hayes, PF – Lyttle, C – Williams
Minnesota: PG – Whalen, SG – Perkins, SF – Moore, PF – Brunson, C – Fowles