The WNBA is wrapping up its second weekend and fourth set of games in the 2020 wubble season. The 22-game season for each of the 12 teams provides us with a daily triple-header six days a week.
The last remaining undefeated team lost their zero on Saturday. The Washington Mystics lost a back-and-forth affair with the Chicago Sky, losing 88-86 on a Cheyenne Parker bucket with 5.9 seconds left in the game. Heading into Sunday, there are four 3-1 teams, with the Atlanta Dream and Dallas Wings each looking to secure their third win.
Sunday gets started with the Phoenix Mercury and New York Liberty facing off at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN. That’s followed at 3:30 p.m. by the Atlanta Dream and Indiana Fever tipping off on NBA TV. The day wraps with the Dallas Wings and Las Vegas Aces tipping off at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
We’ll be keeping an eye on things this season, and want to give a big shout-out to Matt Ellentuck and his Here’s Basketball newsletter for providing some critical insight into the W.
Phoenix Mercury vs. New York Liberty
The Mercury finally got off the schneid with an impressive win over the Las Vegas Aces. Diana Taurasi and Skyler Diggins-Smith finally found their groove together, scoring a combined 44 points on 70 percent shooting. Meanwhile, the Liberty dropped to 0-3 on Friday, but more importantly, lost No. 1 overall pick Sabrina Ionescu to a badly sprained ankle. She won’t require surgery, but could miss a fairly significant amount of time.
Atlanta Dream vs. Indiana Fever
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Channel: NBA TV, FOX Sports South
Live stream: WNBA League Pass
Point spread: Fever -1
Money line odds: Dream -107, Fever -117
The Dream are a tough team to figure out. They are missing some key playmakers, but are 2-1. They lost their toughest challenge, against Las Vegas, and now face a Fever team that likewise is tough to figure out. They lost to a pair of quality opponents, but also beat a Phoenix squad right before the Mercury beat Las Vegas. These are two teams that were shaky coming in, but suddenly have a shot at being moderately decent.
Dallas Wings vs. Las Vegas Aces
The Wings saw rookie Satou Sabally break out in a huge way on Friday, scoring 23 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in a win over Indiana. She’s firmly in the rookie of the year conversation, and could help push the Wings to new heights this year. The Aces were without Lindsay Allen on Friday due to an inconclusive Covid-19 test and likely will be without her on Sunday. A’ja Wilson remains the leading performer for this squad, with Angel McCoughtry looking good in her return from injury. Kayla McBride was solid on Friday and they’ll need her to build on that to get them on track after a loss to Phoenix.