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Eastern Conference Matchups
Best of Three Format (1-1-1)

(1) Chicago Sky vs. (4) Indiana Fever

-- Sky (24-10 SU, 19-13-2 ATS)
-- Fever (16-18 SU, 15-19 ATS)
-- Fever won season series, 3-1

-- Indiana won both meetings at Chicago as road underdog
-- Three of four matchups finished 'under' the total

-- Sky won nine of final 11 games to close season, but covered just one of last five
-- Fever started season 1-7, but won 15 of final 26 contests

Last playoff appearance:

-- First postseason berth for Sky in franchise history
-- Indiana looks to defend its WNBA crown after beating Minnesota in the Finals last season

(2) Atlanta Dream vs. (3) Washington Mystics

-- Dream (17-17 SU, 17-17 ATS)
-- Mystics (17-17 SU, 19-14-1 ATS)
-- Dream won season series, 3-2

-- Atlanta won first three matchups before Washington grabbed final two
-- Dream was favored in all five meetings, while the 'under' went 3-2

-- Atlanta stumbled to an 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS finish to the season
-- Washington closed the season strong with a 5-2 SU/ATS mark the last seven games

Last playoff appearance:

-- Dream lost to Fever in 2012 conference semifinals, 2-1
-- Mystics were swept by the Dream in 2010 conference semifinals, 2-0

Western Conference Matchups
Best of Three Format (1-1-1)

(1) Minnesota Lynx vs. (4) Seattle Storm

-- Lynx (26-8 SU, 22-12 ATS)
-- Storm (17-17 SU, 18-16 ATS)
-- Lynx swept season series, 4-0

-- Minnesota won all four meetings by double-digits over Seattle
-- The 'over' hit in both matchups at Minnesota, while the 'under' cashed twice at Seattle

-- Lynx won and covered eight of their final nine games of the season
-- Storm finished 7-4 SU and 6-5 ATS the last 11 contests

Last playoff appearance:

-- Minnesota lost in WNBA Finals to Indiana last season, 3-1
-- Seattle fell to Minnesota in the conference semifinals, 2-1

(2) Los Angeles Sparks vs. (3) Phoenix Mercury

-- Sparks (24-10 SU, 13-21 ATS)
-- Mercury (19-15 SU, 14-19-1 ATS)
-- The two teams split the four-game season series

-- Each club won on their home-court and the opponent's court
-- The winning team scored at last 88 points in each victory

-- Sparks finished 6-2 SU L8, but went 2-7 ATS L9 games
-- Mercury won five of final seven games, but compiled 3-7 ATS L10 contests

Last playoff appearance:

-- Los Angeles lost to Minnesota in 2012 conference finals, 2-0
-- Seattle lost to Minnesota in 2011 conference finals, 2-0

  
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