Dallas Wings Schedule Preview: July 3 - July 8

Entering Week 7 of the WNBA season, the Dallas Wings will have reached their mid season point of the schedule. They play three games this week, two at home and one on the road.

The Dallas Wings wrapped up Week 6 of the WNBA season with a 1-2 record last week. In both losses against the Sparks and Lynx, the Wings were competitive but could not pull out the victory. They also won in Las Vegas on the second night of a road back to back. Before we preview the Dallas Wings games this week, let's take a look back at the past week in a brief game recap.

Dallas at Los Angeles - Game Recap

Entering this game, the Dallas Wings looked to prove to themselves that they can compete with the best in the league. They had already blown out the Sparks the previous week.  This was also the first game of a road back to back. The Wings were very competitive in this game and led by four, 46-42 heading into the half. The Sparks defense started to bother the Dallas Wings and Alana Beard was able to be effective against Skylar Diggins-Smith who was held to 12 points on 4/18 FG%. Despite that, the Wings and the Sparks went back and forth before Chelsea Gray sealed the deal with the go-ahead basket that shut the door for the Dallas Wings. The Wings could not get any closer after that and the Sparks tied the season series with the Wings at one game apiece. Liz Cambage had a big night and was the key reason for why the Wings were able to be so effective against the Sparks. She had a double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds.

Dallas at Las Vegas - Game Recap

After the close loss against the Sparks, the Wings did not have much time to think about it as they headed to Las Vegas to play the Aces. This was the second night of a road back to back and the Wings were looking to get back on track. They were able to win against the Aces and Skylar Diggins-Smith was huge in this game. She scored a team-high 29 points and had 8 assists. Most importantly was that even though the Wings could not stop Kayla McBride who had a career night scoring 38 points and A'ja Wilson who had 22 points/15 rebs/8 assists, Diggins-Smith was able to hit some clutch shots late to win the game for the Wings. She scored 8 of her points in the final minute of the game and the Aces could not get any closer. After struggling against the defense of Alana Beard and a rough shooting night a day before, Skylar Diggins-Smith responded and the Wings were able to grab a road win. It was also the third game in four days for the Dallas Wings.

Minnesota at Dallas - Game Recap

After the road back to back, Dallas was able to rest and look to face the Minnesota Lynx who had been on a roll as of late. This was also the third meeting between the two teams. Minnesota had won the previous two earlier this season. Although the Wings competed in this game, the Lynx held on to win their seventh straight game. Dallas dropped all three games of the season series against the Lynx. The Wings got off to a slow start in this game and were down by fifteen at the half. The Wings quickly turned things around and led the Lynx by a score of 72-70 with about two minutes left before Maya Moore hit two free throws to tie the game. The Wings could not get any closer as Moore then scored the final four points of the game. This was a rough ending for the Wings who worked hard to take the lead from the Lynx and it showed that the Wings have a lot to learn as it is yet another game they have lost in the final minutes. The Wings dropped to 7-8 on the season. They also lost Liz Cambage in the game after she suffered an eye injury and could not play in the second half.

After a tough stretch of games the previous week, the Wings now enter Week 7 of the WNBA season with three games, two at home and one on the road. All three games are winnable games and the Wings should take advantage of it if they want to move up in the standings.

Chicago at Dallas - Tuesday, July 3rd

Tip-off: 7:00 pm local time, 8 pm EST

TV: Fox Sports Southwest Dallas Plus, WNBA League Pass

The Dallas Wings are entering this game with close losses against top teams and are looking to get back on track. With the Chicago Sky in town, it seems like the perfect opportunity to do it. The Sky are 6-10, but they have been playing better as of late and are still very much in the playoff picture. However, the Wings will most likely be without their star center Liz Cambage. Without Cambage, the Wings will need to figure out how to play well against the likes of Stefanie Dolson, Courtney Vandersloot, and Allie Quigley. The Wings can win this game if Skylar Diggins-Smith gets help from Allisha Gray, Glory Johnson, Kaela Davis, etc. The Wings are going to be missing a lot of their scoring power so it will be important for the Wings to start off the game on a high note.

Indiana at Dallas - Thursday, July 5th

Tip-off: 7:00 pm local time, 8 pm EST

TV: Fox Sports Southwest Dallas Plus, ESPN3, WNBA League Pass

After facing the Chicago Sky, the Wings face the worst team in the WNBA right now, the Indiana Fever. While the Fever have struggled to win games, they do not lack in talent. They have talented rookies in Kelsey Mitchell and Victoria Vivians. They also have a young center in Natalie Achonwa and a steady veteran presence in Candice Dupree. This should be yet another game the Wings can easily win. The Fever do not have any answer for Skylar Diggins-Smith offensively so look for her to have a big game. The Wings will need to play defense, however, because if they don't the Fever could surprise the Wings and win the game.

Dallas at New York - Sunday, July 8th

Tip-off: 3:00 pm EST

TV: MSG, WNBA League Pass

The last game of this week is when the Wings travel to New York to take on second last place team in the New York Liberty. The Liberty have been struggling and had lost five games in a row before their recent win over the Chicago Sky. This should be yet another winnable game for the Wings and if Liz Cambage cannot play, the Wings veteran duo of Diggins-Smith and Glory Johnson will need to play big. They will also need to defend against Tina Charles who may have a big game without the presence of Liz Cambage inside. The Wings defense will be tested as New York does have a lot of quick guards and the Wings guards/forwards will need to keep up with them. The Wings bench will be key to getting the road win over the Liberty as that will take off some pressure from Dallas's starters if they play well.

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