Dream-Sky Preview

The Associated Press

While the Chicago Sky continue to build momentum heading into the playoffs, the Atlanta Dream must find a way to get back on track before the postseason begins.

The Sky look for a third consecutive victory while trying to hand the visiting Dream a third straight defeat Friday night in a matchup of the Eastern Conference's top teams.

Chicago (23-9) has clinched the top seed in the East while Atlanta (17-15) is locked into the No. 2 position, and they are the only teams in the conference with winning records.

Chicago won for the eighth time in nine games Wednesday, 70-68 at home over Phoenix as star rookie Elena Delle Donne hit a jumper as time expired.

"It's nice to have some high-quality play going into the playoffs," Chicago coach Pokey Chatman said.

Atlanta won three straight to open September, but has dropped six of nine since. The Dream could end up tied with Indiana and Washington, but hold the tiebreaker over both by virtue of winning those season series.

They shot 46.3 percent and outrebounded lowly Connecticut 37-27 on Wednesday, but committed 27 turnovers en route to a 78-77 road defeat.

"You can't have 27 turnovers and expect to come out victorious and there is no excuse for us," said Dream coach Fred Williams, whose team is 4-11 on the road. "We threw a lot of unforced turnovers trying to make that extra pass."

Atlanta beat Chicago 88-74 at home June 16, but the Sky won the next two meetings by a combined 28 points.

Delle Donne, averaging 18.3 points, scored 25 each time while shooting a combined 45.7 percent in the first two matchups with Atlanta. However, she finished with 15 and went 5 of 13 from the field in an 85-68 home victory over the Dream on Aug. 31.

Epiphanny Prince totaled 16 points and shot 5 of 21 in the last two games against the Dream, but she's averaged 20.3 in her last three contests overall. She scored 21 despite going 5 of 19 from the field and 2 of 11 from 3-point range Wednesday.

Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry, averaging a league-leading 21.8 points, was held to 17 at Chicago last month. She totaled 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists at Connecticut on Wednesday.

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