Preview: In the matchup of conference-leading teams, the Lynx will look to improve on the second-best season start in franchise history. The Lynx, who moved to 8-0 with an 89-81 home victory over Phoenix on Tuesday, opened the 2012 season 10-0. The Lynx were 2-0 against the Dream last season. The Eastern-leading Dream (6-2), which was 15-19 last season and missed the playoffs, had a five-game winning streak ended on Sunday in an 86-79 home loss to Washington.

Players to watch: Lynx F Maya Moore leads the WNBA in scoring (21.0 points per game). C Sylvia Fowles scored 21 points and G Renee Montgomery had a season-high 18 in the victory over Phoenix. F Rebekkah Brunson was rewarded with a game ball for her 12-point, nine-rebound performance against Phoenix. Dream F/G Angel McCoughtry scored a season-high 28 points and C/F Elizabeth Williams scored a season-high 21 points against Washington on Sunday. McCoughtry is second in the league in scoring (20.4 ppg).

Numbers: The victory over Phoenix on Tuesday was the 300th regular-season victory in Lynx history. Minnesota is fifth WNBA franchise to reach that mark.

Injuries: Lynx G Seimone Augustus (concussion) is with the team and could play Friday and/or Saturday in Washington, coach Cheryl Reeve said. The Dream reported no injuries.

Joel Rippel