GIQ WNBA Preview — Conference finals, Indiana at Detroit, Phoenix at Los Angeles

by Frisco Del Rosario on September 23, 2009

The right teams make up the WNBA final four.

Phoenix led the West wire to wire, while Indiana stumbled 0-2 at the Eastern gate, then ran off 11 straight wins, and 17 of 19.

Defending champion Detroit finished 9-2 after their 9-14 start, while Los Angeles — the popular choice to win in the preseason — eventually put Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie on the same floor, and finished 10-3 after an 8-13 beginning.

Indiana Fever at Detroit Shock

Indiana’s Tamika Catchings rather single-handedly swept Washington out of the conference semifinal with 50 points, 28 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals, and 5 blocked shots.

The Shock have knocked the Fever out of the playoffs for three years running, but none of those Indiana teams has been as healthy and talented as this one.

The Fever won the season series 3-1. Catchings averaged 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Shock rookie Shavonte Zellous scored in double figures three times in those four games. The Shock held the Fever to 27 percent shooting in their win from the season series.

Phoenix Mercury at Los Angeles Sparks

Game One is going off the boards in many places because bookmakers can’t determine the meaning of the venue changing to UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.

Phoenix won the season series 3-1, covering three times in the wins, while the loss was meaningless to both teams on the last day of the regular season.

The Mercury are 4-2 SU and ATS in their last four road games, including 106- and 99-point games at Indiana and Detroit.

Los Angeles is 5-2 SU and ATS in their last seven games away from the Staples Center, in which Candace Parker is averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds.

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