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WNBA Preview: Las Vegas Aces (32-6) at Phoenix Mercury (9-29)

The defending WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces are on the verge of wrapping up the top seed in the playoffs.

The Phoenix Mercury have the worst record in the league and are not going to the playoffs.

Two teams in very different positions meet Friday night in Phoenix before ending the regular season against each other Sunday in Las Vegas.

If Las Vegas (32-6) wins these two games, it will claim home-court advantage throughout the playoffs by holding off the surging New York Liberty (31-7) of the Eastern Conference.

The Aces will have had six days off since a 103-77 victory against Seattle last Saturday in which they tied a league record with their 10th game with 100 more points, but that didn’t leave Hammon totally satisfied.

The short-handed Mercury (9-29) are coming off a 100-77 loss to the Washington Mystics on Tuesday.

Diana Taurasi is sidelined by a toe injury, Sophie Cunningham is out because of a jaw injury and Shey Peddy has been under concussion protocol since Aug. 5. All three are guards.

With so many absences, opponents have been able to concentrate more on slowing down star center Brittney Griner.

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