Aiming for a fourth consecutive victory, the Lynx try to hand the Dream their 11th straight defeat on Sunday at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
This truly is a matchup of clubs headed in opposite directions.
Minnesota (9-3) is among the top teams in the "Wubble," and is coming off a 90-80 win over Phoenix from Friday. Napheesa Collier posted 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists while rookie and her former UConn teammate Crystal Dangerfield scored 19, as the Lynx held the Brittney Griner-less Mercury to 41.7-percent shooting.
Collier continues to pace the Lynx, averaging 15.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in 2020. She's averaged 21.3 points over the last four contests, and should be in the conversation for WNBA MVP in just her second season, while also growing more of a team leader each day.
"I'm just trying to be that kind of voice as much as I can, and keeping us together," Collier told the Lynx's official website. "I'm making sure everyone is on the same page. Just trying to do that little bit more than I was before."
Dangerfield (14.7 points per game, 3.2 assists per game), a likely frontrunner for WNBA Rookie of the Year, has averaged 20.7 points over the last three games.
Both have helped carry the overall load for the Lynx with fellow star Sylvia Fowles (14.6 ppg, 9.7 rebounds per game) dealing with an injury that's left her immediate return to the court uncertain. It's quite possible Minnesota could get by without Fowles on Sunday against the Dream (2-11), whose most recent victory came against New York on July 31.
Atlanta nearly ended its longest skid since last season's 12-game losing streak on Friday, but fell 93-85 in overtime to Los Angeles. Glory Johnson had 23 points for the Dream, who shot 47.8 percent, but could not hold on to a late lead in regulation. Atlanta was outscored 12-4 in the extra session.
One of the major reasons for Atlanta's struggles has been the absence of promising rookie guard Chennedy Carter (17.0 ppg), who has been out after suffering an ankle injury on Aug. 10. Carter had shown to be one of the most exciting players in the WNBA, and beacon of hope amid the Dream's rebuild.
Atlanta and Minnesota will play again on Friday night.