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WNBA Preview: Minnesota Lynx (19-19) at Chicago Sky (16-22)

The Chicago Sky look to secure a playoff berth, beginning with the first of their final two regular-season games on Friday against the visiting Minnesota Lynx.

The Sky (16-22) routed Indiana on Tuesday for their third win in the last four games. Coupled with Los Angeles dropping a 90-76 decision on Tuesday to Connecticut — the Sparks’ fourth loss in their last five games — Chicago controls its fate for the postseason over the final weekend.

The Sky closed out a 3-1 series win over Los Angeles with a 76-75 win on Aug. 29.

Williams — who shot 7 of 11 from the floor en route to 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Tuesday’s win — leads Chicago on Friday against a Minnesota team already locked into the playoffs.

The Lynx (19-19) clinched a berth with an 86-73 win against Phoenix on Sunday. Kayla McBride scored 23 points in the win, Minnesota’s second straight, and Napheesa Collier went for 22 points and 16 points.

The double-double was Collier’s 11th for the campaign. She fell one rebound shy of a double-double the last time the Lynx saw Chicago — an 88-79 Lynx win on Aug. 8 — but scored 29 points.

The Minnesota victory last month avenged a 77-66 loss to the Sky in both teams’ season opener on May 19, the first defeat in an 0-6 start to the season for the Lynx.

Minnesota is just the second team in league history to reach the playoffs after an 0-6 start, joining the 2015 Sparks (started 0-7).

Chicago finishes the season Sunday at Connecticut, while Minnesota closes it out the same day at Indiana.

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