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The Sparks face a tough challenge on the road against the league leading Lynx

The Los Angeles Sparks are coming off of a loss to the Dallas Wings and face a tough challenge trying to get back into the win column against the Minnesota Lynx.

After winning four in a row the Sparks dropped a game against the Wings on the road falling to 18-7 on the season. The loss keeps L.A. 3.5 games behind Lynx for the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

Minnesota, on the other hand, has only lost three games all year and will host the Sparks with an 11-1 home record. L.A. will have to contain Maya Moore and keep Sylvia Fowles in check who’s coming off of a 27-point performance in the Lynx’s most recent win against the Atlanta Dream.

The Sparks, however, will be hoping for another big game from Finals MVP Candace Parker who had 21 points and nine rebounds in the loss against Dallas. Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 as well against the Wings and will need a repeat of that performance for L.A. to top the WNBA’s best.

With only seven games remaining for the Sparks in the regular season, every matchup is important. A win against Minnesota will keep L.A. in the running for a No.1 seed, but a loss all but ensures the Lynx will hold on to first place. If the Sparks fall to 18-8 while Minnesota improves to 22-3, there’s close to a zero percent chance the Lynx would drop six out of their last seven games to move into second place assuming L.A. ran the table from there on out.

The Sparks continue the fight for first against the Lynx on Friday, August 11 at 5:00 p.m. PT in Minnesota.

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