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Lynx vs. Dream Preview: Atlanta hosts Maya Moore, defending WNBA champions

WNBA: Finals-Indiana Fever at Minnesota Lynx Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

After a surprising 86-79 defeat at Philips Arena against the Washington Mystics, the Atlanta Dream will look to get back to their winning ways against a familiar WNBA Finals rival in the Minnesota Lynx. The Lynx, who claimed the 2015 WNBA title, enter tonight’s game with a Western Conference best 8-0 start to the season.

Minnesota is led by Maya Moore, who currently leads the league in scoring, averaging 21.0 points per game, and the Lynx present a solid supporting cast of Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles, and Lindsay Whalen. With that strong collection of talent, the Lynx are back to championship form once again.

Fowles and Moore scored 21 points each as the Lynx overcame poor first-half shooting to beat the Phoenix Mercury by an 89-81 margin on Tuesday night. Minnesota is off to its best start to a season since going 10-0 in 2012, and their current mark serves as the third-best start in WNBA history. The Lynx are looking to continue their dominance against the Dream, as they own an 11-5 series lead and are winners of the last six games against Atlanta, including their sweep in the 2013 WNBA Finals.

Atlanta owns a 6-2 record and the Dream are sitting on the top of the Eastern Conference. Angel Mccoughtry leads the way, as she is second in the league with scoring at (20.4) points per game and fifth in the league with (1.9) steals per game. Sancho Lyttle is also making an impact, leading the league in steals with (2.6) per game, while playing around (33.3) minutes per game, which is fourth in the WNBA as well.

In addition, Atlanta's role players are making a huge impact this season, especially in the case of Layshia Clarendon and Carlita Cojito. Atlanta is off to a great start and winning this game would be significant for the team's confidence moving forward this season. Despite Sunday’s loss, the Dream remain on top of the Eastern Conference by 1.5 games as a result of their 6-2 record. In the overall WNBA standings, the Dream have the third-best record in the league behind the Los Angeles Sparks (8-0) and the defending champion Lynx (8-0).

Following the visit from Maya Moore and the Lynx on Friday, Atlanta will welcome the Connecticut Sun on Sunday, June 12 for a 3:00 pm ET start at Philips Area, before closing out the season-long four-game home stand on Friday, June 17 against reigning WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky (7:30 pm ET). Stay tuned.

Game Information:

Game Date/Time: Friday, June 10, 2016, 7:30 pm ET

Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: Fox Sports Southeast