The Chicago Sky and Las Vegas Aces have been the two best teams in the WNBA this season, and have something of a budding rivalry. Back in June, the Sky set a new record for the biggest comeback in league history when they turned around a 28-point deficit to beat the Aces. A month later, the Aces got their revenge when they beat the Sky in the Commissioner's Cup championship and secured $30,000 in prize money per player.
On Thursday night, the two teams will meet for the final time in the regular season in what is the most important matchup yet. Here's everything you need to know:
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What's at stake?
First and foremost, the teams enter with a 1-1 record against each other in the regular season, and this game will determine the tiebreaker between the two clubs. With just one game separating them in the standings, that could prove definitive as they chase the bigger goal of the No. 1 seed and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
If the Sky win on Thursday they will clinch the top seed. If the Aces win they will draw even in the standings with the Sky and move into first place via the tiebreaker with one game remaining for each club. In the latter scenario, the Aces would then need a win or a Sky loss to secure first place.
Where does each team stand?
1. Chicago Sky (25-9) -- Playoff spot clinched
- Games remaining: 2 (vs. at Aces, at Mercury)
- Tiebreakers: vs. Aces: 1-1 in season series with one game remaining
- Current first-round matchup: vs. No. 8 Atlanta Dream
2. Las Vegas Aces (24-10) -- Playoff spot clinched
- Games remaining: 2 (vs. Sky, vs. Storm)
- Tiebreakers: vs. Sky: 1-1 in season series with one game remaining
- Current first-round matchup: vs. No. 7 Minnesota Lynx
The Aces enter as slight favorites but we're going to take the Sky both against the spread and straight up. They'll have some added motivation to bounce back from a loss to the Storm in which their defense was non-existent and to get revenge from the Commissioner's Cup. Plus, the Aces are likely to be without Dearica Hamby, who suffered a knee injury on Tuesday night. Even though she's been struggling as of late, her absence will be felt on a team that's already lacking depth.