Previewing the Six WNBA Games on NBA TV This Weekend

With less than one month remaining in the 2015 WNBA season, the race for the playoffs is as tight as ever. Eleven of the 12 teams are within 1.5 games of a playoff spot, and several of those teams will go head-to-head during the action-packed weekend ahead.

Here’s what you need to know about each of the six games that will be nationally televised on NBA TV beginning on Friday night.

*NOTE: Records and stats through Thursday, Aug. 13.

Click here for the NBA TV schedule and listings

Lynx (17-6) vs. Dream (8-14), Friday, 7:30 PM ET

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Season Series: Lynx lead, 1-0

Game Notes: Maya Moore (20.9 PPG) is pacing a red hot Lynx team that leads the Western Conference, but two-time WNBA scoring champion Angel McCoughtry is looking to get the Dream back on track in a huge cross-conference matchup.

Sky (14-10) vs. Storm (6-18), Friday, 10 PM ET

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Season Series: N/A

Game Notes: July’s WNBA Rookie of the Month Jewell Loyd has found her footing and has Sue Bird (above, right) and the Storm in the playoff hunt out west. Their play against Chicago’s dynamic backcourt of Courtney Vandersloot and Cappie Pondexter (above, left) will be something to keep an eye on in Friday’s nightcap.

Shock (10-14) vs. Liberty (15-6), Saturday, 7 PM ET

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Season Series: Shock lead, 1-0

Game Notes: The Shock enter Saturday on a 10-game losing streak, but hope is not lost: They’re still No. 3 in the West. Their third-rated offense goes up against a No. 1-ranked Liberty defense that has stopped just about everybody this season.

Sun (12-10) vs. Dream (8-14), Sunday, 3 PM ET150814_bentley-mccoughtry_900-250Season Series: Sun lead, 2-0

Game Notes: The Connecticut Sun are fighting hard to get into playoff position and are only a game back of fourth place in the East. Alex Bentley (above, left) has continued to play well since her first All-Star appearance, but her Sun will face a Dream team that, although they’ve struggled, hasn’t gone down easily this season.

Sky (14-10) vs. Sparks (7-16), Sunday, 5 PM ET

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Season Series: Sparks lead, 1-0

Game Notes: Elena Delle Donne and the Sky are entrenched in a battle for playoff position in a tight Eastern Conference, but they face a rejuvenated Los Angeles Sparks team that’s in a similar position out west. MVP favorite Delle Donne will have a chance to go toe-to-toe with two-time MVP Candace Parker after Parker got the best of Chicago last month.

Stars (7-17) vs. Storm (6-18), Sunday, 9 PM ET

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Season Series: Stars lead, 2-0

Game Notes: For as close as the Eastern Conference playoff race is, the Western Conference is just as intriguing between the Sparks, Stars and the Storm. Entering the weekend, only 1.5 games separate last place from the fourth and final playoff spot. Sunday’s matchup between Kayla McBride and the Stars and Jewell Loyd and the Storm will be key for both squads as they jockey for position down the home stretch of the season.