Los Angeles Sparks at Dallas Wings
When: Noon Tuesday
Storyline to watch: For the first time this season, Brian Agler will face his former team in the Los Angeles Sparks. In four seasons in Los Angeles, Agler led the Sparks to an 85-51 record, two straight WNBA finals appearances and a championship in 2016. It will also be a homecoming for Sparks assistant coach Fred Williams since he was fired by the Wings last season. Williams had a 41-58 record, but was well-liked and respected among his players. With both sides familiar with the other, there are sure to be some coaching chess matches.
Scouting the Wings: After a stretch where they won four of six games, the Wings have lost their last two games, both by double figures. Glory Johnson made her return against the Chicago Sky on Sunday and played limited minutes. Tuesday will be her first home game since June 15th and could be her return to the starting lineup. Rookie Arike Ogunbowale has scored in double figures in each of her last six games, including a 22-point effort against the Sky on Sunday. However, Ogunbowale is shooting 35% over her last two games and has taken more than 20 shots in three games this season.
Scouting the Sparks: The Sparks boast a star-studded lineup led by Nneka Ogwumike, who is averaging 14.9 points. She’s also shooting 48.3% from 3-point range and is averaging 9.3 rebounds, those marks rank second and third in the league respectively. Her younger sister isn’t too bad either, averaging 11.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Chelsea Gray has also been solid this season for the Sparks, averaging 14.1 points and 5.5 assists. Candace Parker is still trying to find her footing as she’s played in six games since returning from a preseason hamstring injury, but she always has the potential to pack a big scoring punch.