Game Preview: Seattle Storm vs. Los Angeles Sparks

The Storm tips off against the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network and JOEtv. Fans can also follow along on Twitter (@seattlestorm) or by visiting
Looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season, the Seattle Storm (2-1) will face off against the star-studded Los Angeles Sparks (2-1) on Saturday night. Both teams will play their third game in five days.
Seattle seeks to avenge a 2019 second-round playoff loss to Los Angeles. Chelsea Gray led the Sparks with 21 points, eight assists and finished 4-of-7 from long range. L.A. was eventually swept in the semifinals by the Connecticut Sun.
Los Angeles staged a comeback win against Connecticut on Thursday with nine third-quarter points from Seimone Augustus, a double-double from Candace Parker, and a team-leading 15 points by Chelsea Gray. While the Sparks are missing Chiney Ogwumike and off-season addition Kristi Toliver, they still have Nneka Ogwumike, who has matched last season’s 16.0 points-per-game through her first three contests.
Seattle will make its second attempt at its 350th win in franchise history after falling on Thursday to the Washington Mystics, 89-71. In the loss, Breanna Stewart scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her second straight double-double. The Storm bench accounted for half of Seattle’s points, with Sami Whitcomb leading all reserves with 11 points.
Both the Storm and Sparks will rely on their depth as they take the court for the third time in five days. The L.A. bench holds the slight edge over Seattle, averaging 34.7 point per game on over 53% shooting.
Jewell Loyd tallied a season-high 23 points on June 23, 2019 against the Sparks. She also matched a career-best 5 F3M as the Storm ran away with a 22-point win.
The Storm will have two days rest before taking on 2019 WNBA finalists Connecticut on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.