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Friday night is an important night for the Minnesota Lynx, both on and off the basketball court.
Minnesota will host the Los Angeles Sparks at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul for the second time this season.
During the game, the Lynx will also unveil a new logo for the first time since the organization was created in 1998.
Minnesota and Los Angeles will square off for the second time in 2017, with the Lynx holding a 1-0 season series advantage this season.
In the first meeting on July 6, Minnesota came away with an 88-77 victory in St. Paul.
Friday’s game will be a battle of the top two teams in the WNBA. The Lynx hold a league-best 21-3 record, while the Sparks are 3.5 games behind Minnesota with a record of 18-7.
“It’s obviously going to be a fun game. Both teams coming in with great records and wanting to beat the other pretty badly,” Maya Moore said. “This isn’t a new matchup, both teams are pretty similar, so it will be an extension of a great rivalry.”
The two teams, which faced off in last year’s WNBA Finals, are among the best offensive and defensive teams in the WNBA so far in 2017.
Minnesota comes into the game ranking first in offensive rating (108.2) and first in defensive rating (95.4) this year.
Los Angeles comes in third in the WNBA in offensive rating (107.3) and second in defensive rating (98.8) through 25 games.
“Anytime LA plays Minnesota, for one there are great players on the floor. I expect a really good basketball game,” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said. “I expect the game to be played at a high level and like something is at stake.
“I expect it to be highly intense, I expect our crowd to be charged up and I expect it to be a hard game.”
In 1998, when the Lynx were created, the organization’s first logo was born.
On Friday, they will introduce a new logo.
Minnesota will reveal a new logo during halftime of the game against the Sparks. Artist Dan Dunn will paint the logo live during halftime.
In addition to the unveil, all fans in attendance will get a pint glass with the new logo.
“I think, for the fans, they’ll get a chance to see it and react,” Reeve said. “This will be new.”
For tickets to the game, visit LynxBasketball.com/tickets.
Make sure to catch it all at 7 p.m. Friday night. If you can’t make it to the game, make sure to tune in on Fox Sports North Plus, NBATV or with John Focke on 106.1 BOB FM.