Lynx Playoff Watch Viewing Guide | Wednesday, August 8

With a win over Chicago last night, the Lynx took a big step towards clinching a playoff spot. They also got some help from the rest of the league with the Dream defeating the Aces and the Mystics beating the Mercury.

The Lynx have the day off before a critical road matchup against the Aces tomorrow night, and there isn’t a ton of WNBA action tonight. However, the two games that will be played tonight are both ones that Lynx fans will want to keep an eye on. Here’s your cheering guide:

Sparks at Liberty, 6 p.m., League Pass

Lynx fans undoubtedly don’t need to be told twice to root against the Sparks, but this would be an especially good one for Los Angeles to lose.

The Liberty will not be playing in the postseason, and therefore are not fighting with the Lynx for playoff position. The Sparks, on the other hand, are 1.5 games ahead of the Lynx, sitting in fourth place in the conference.

Earning a top-four seed would be huge for the Lynx because it would mean they wouldn’t have to play right away after completing their regular season. The Sparks are certainly favored to win tonight, but Tina Charles is never an easy matchup, so New York certainly has a chance. If the Sparks get caught slipping, the Lynx will be more than happy to seize the opportunity to climb in the standings.

Lynx fans, channel your inner New Yorker and cheer on the Liberty tonight.

Sun at Wings, 7 p.m., NBATV

Unlike the matchup between the Sparks and Liberty, there isn’t a clear choice for Lynx fans in this contest. The Wings hold the No. 8 seed and are 1.5 games behind the Lynx. The Sun sit in fifth, just a half-game ahead of Minnesota.

While there are arguments either way, the best choice tonight is probably to cheer for the Wings. With the Aces losing last night, and with Minnesota playing them tomorrow, a playoff berth for the Lynx seems like more and more of a sure thing (knock on wood). The biggest battle now is for postseason positioning, and the Sun are in the Lynx’s way. A loss would give Connecticut the exact same record as Minnesota, and give Minnesota a chance to pull ahead with a win tomorrow.

The Lynx have had many great battles with the Wings this season, but tonight is a night to put that rivalry to the side and root for Dallas.