Thursday night's WNBA action features the top two teams in the West and a rematch of the WNBA Finals as the Los Angeles Sparks visit the Minnesota Lynx. Right now, L.A. is looking to draw closer to the Lynx at the top of the overall standings.

Meanwhile, Minnesota will try to put more distance between themselves and the Sparks. The latest game features All-Star players including Nneka Ogwumike and Maya Moore with a national telecast scheduled through the ESPN networks. Here's a preview of tonight's game including how to watch the Sparks vs. Lynx live streaming online or on television.

Game preview

The Los Angeles Sparks enter tonight's game with the hottest win streak for the league, having rattled off eight-straight wins. As of right now, the team is just a game back from Minnesota in the West and overall WNBA standings. The Sparks' most recent win came 76-69 over the Washington Mystics, with other wins on their streak including Atlanta, Connecticut, Indiana, and Phoenix. As of right now, no team is hotter than the reigning WNBA Champions, but that may change quickly.

Tonight they run into a Minnesota Lynx team that has lost only once all season and has won their last three. Most recently, the Lynx downed the Phoenix Mercury 91-83 on the road. Maya Moore recorded 21 points with Sylvia Fowles adding 17 in the victory.

Moore has been among the leading vote-getters in the WNBA All-Star game, which the two teams will break for in less than a week. However, tonight's game could give serious momentum to the winner in terms of the postseason stretch.

The Odds Shark website lists Minnesota as a 6.5-point favorite in tonight's contest.

On the moneyline, the reigning WNBA champion Sparks are listed at +230 to +250 at various books. The Lynx are listed anywhere from -275 to -300 as the favorites. The over/under points total is around 166 for the complete game, as of this report.

How to watch it live

Tonight's Los Angeles Sparks vs. Minnesota Lynx game is scheduled for an 8 p.m.

Eastern Time start. Live television coverage will be available on the ESPN2 channel. Cable and satellite subscribers with ESPN as part of their channel package will be able to log into the WatchESPN website or mobile apps to see a live streaming feed of tonight's game.

In addition, the SlingTV service is a way new customers with hi-speed internet can watch the WNBA game live streaming online. Sling offers ESPN and ESPN2 as part of its most basic channel package. The channel streaming service is currently available on a one-week free trial for all new customers with more details at the Sling.com website.

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