With the WNBA playoffs approaching quickly, teams are still trying to ensure they'll get one of those eight spots within the league. Right now, the Phoenix #Mercury are sliding while the Dallas #Wings have been on the rise. On Thursday evening, Phoenix visits Dallas who has now won two-straight games. The Mercury are on a two-game losing streak they'll want to snap or face a plummet towards the lower part of the league's top eight. Here's the latest game preview with matchup odds, recent games, #Tv Channels, as well as how to watch the Mercury vs. Wings live streaming online.

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Heading into this matchup, the Phoenix Mercury have dropped two-straight games, both by five points or less.

They fell at Connecticut 93-92 despite an impressive scoring output by WNBA All-Star Diana Taurasi. On Sunday, they lost at the Washington Mystics 85-80. Taurasi finished with 16 points in that game on 5-for-16 shooting while three other teammates scored in double-digits. The team continues to miss the league's leading scorer, Brittney Griner, who has been out with a knee and ankle injury for several weeks now.

The Dallas Wings are on the rise as winners of their last two games. Last Friday, the team took down Seattle at home, 93-80. Two days later, they dropped the Los Angeles Sparks 85-79. Glory Johnson scored 23 points and pulled down 13 boards while Karima Christmas-Kelly had 17 points. That extended Dallas to a 9-5 record at home where they'll look for a third-straight win over a Phoenix Mercury team in desperate need of the win.

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The Odds Shark website lists the Dallas Wings as a three-point favorite. The moneyline has them at -150 at several sports books, while the visiting Mercury are +130 underdogs. For the over/under, bettors will contemplate a points total of 172 between the two teams for the game. The last time the two teams met up, Phoenix routed Dallas 107-65 in Phoenix. However, the Wings captured a 68-58 win on May 14th, also in Phoenix. Dallas also owns the head-to-head advantage over ten games, going 6-4.

How to watch it live

The Phoenix Mercury vs. Dallas Wings game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. Eastern Time start on Thursday night. Live television coverage is available on the ESPN2 channel for the United States cable or satellite TV viewers. In addition, there is live streaming by logging into the WatchESPN website or mobile apps, where available.

An option for those without cable or satellite who want to watch the game is to try a one-week trial of SlingTV. The service provides streaming channel packages, one of which includes both ESPN and ESPN2. More details are available through the Sling.com on how to sign up for the free trial and check out tonight's game.