The Fever won the first game of the home-and-home in overtime, in which two trends continued: The Liberty are 0-5 when turning the ball over 17 times or more, while the Fever are 4-0 when they win on the boards.
Last year’s Liberty were 1-1 avenging home losses, but the Fever have won 10 of 12 against the Lib, and have covered in seven of the last eight. The Fever are looking to repeat the home-and-home sweep they achieved against Detroit, the other sub-.500 Eastern team. The Fever need one more win to equal their longest streak ever — six — while they’ve covered in each of the five.
If not for the overtime yesterday, the Liberty were in line to make a fifth under in seven, the Fever the third under in five. The Liberty shoot poorly on the road except against teams with whom they could exchange layups (Phoenix, Atlanta).