With the WNBA Playoffs not far away, the Connecticut Sun will visit the Phoenix Mercury on Friday evening. The two teams have already met twice this season with the Sun having won both of those games. However, Phoenix is still trying to move up in the playoff standings. The Sun are holding onto the third-best record in the league and looking for that No. 3 spot, but can finish no worse than fourth -- which gives them a first-round bye. Here's the latest game preview with the point spread, over/under, Game Time, channels, and live stream options.

WNBA game preview

The Connecticut Sun are considered this WNBA season's surprise story, as the team had been having several unsuccessful seasons up until now.

After a slow start to their campaign, the team emerged as one of the top three or four in the league. Right now, the Sun are 21-11 overall and 9-6 on the road, with the New York Liberty right behind them for the No. 3 spot in the playoffs. Even if Connecticut loses their final two games of the season, the team will finish in fourth place and will have a bye deeper into the playoff bracket.

In the current WNBA standings, the Phoenix Mercury (16-16) are at the No. 6 spot overall and trail the Washington Mystics by a game for the fifth spot. Phoenix has struggled over their last 10 games, going just 4-6 overall. To their credit, the Mercury are coming off a recent 75-71 win over the Seattle Storm. The team clinched a playoff berth that same day due to the Chicago Sky losing to the New York Liberty.

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That means fans will see Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner in the postseason, as the Mercury franchise competes for their fourth championship overall and first since 2014.

Tonight's point spread has the Sun as one-point favorites, or with the spread as "even" for several sports books. On the moneyline, the Sun are -110 to -120 favorites at a few books while the home team is listed as +100 underdogs. As for the over/under points total, bettors can contemplate 170 points for the complete game. These two teams are 5-5 in their last 10 meetings with Connecticut winning the past three times they played.

How to watch it live

The Connecticut Sun vs. Phoenix Mercury game is scheduled for a 10 p.m. Eastern Time start. Live television coverage will come via the Twitter app or channel on smart TVs across the United States. In addition, viewers can watch a live stream on Twitter or Twitter apps on various devices, including smartphones, tablets, video game systems, and streaming media players such as Fire TV, Roku, and Apple TV.