GIQ WNBA Previews — Conference semifinals: Game 2, San Antonio Silver Stars at Phoenix Mercury, Washington Mystics at Indiana Fever

by Frisco Del Rosario on September 19, 2009

Indiana was the only higher seed to win on the road in Game 1 of a conference semifinal, so the Fever have poised themselves to sweep Washington (which would give them the same rest that Detroit gets before the Eastern final).

Phoenix, on the other hand, must beat San Antonio twice at home.

Washington Mystics at Indiana Fever

The Fever, who dominated conference play in the regular season, trailed by one entering the fourth quarter Thursday, then poured in 31 points. Tamika Catchings had 26 points and 12 rebounds for Indiana.

Indiana loved playing at the Conseco Fieldhouse this year, setting a new team record with 13 home wins in a row, from 6/9 to 8/27. Their final home game was an 11-point win over Washington, covering -6.

Five times this season Indiana came home after a win on road, and won all five of those home games, 5-0 ATS and 2-3 O/U.

The Mystics’ record against the line was two games better than straight up. In two road games following a home loss, the Mystics lost both, but covered the spread twice, making an under each time. The early line for Saturday’s Game 2 is Indiana -8, so there’s reason to like the visitors plus the points.

San Antonio Silver Stars at Phoenix Mercury

Phoenix coach Corey Gaines told ESPN that he’s stressing that the Mercury worked all year to gain home court advantage through the playoffs, and here they are facing two elimination games.

In San Antonio’s two regular season visits to US Airways Center, Phoenix won twice by double digits, and were one-half point shy of making two overs. Diana Taurasi scored 54 points with nine rebounds and eight assists. Also, Phoenix is 2-0 ATS at home following a road loss — as usual, with a couple of overs.

San Antonio is 0-5 ATS on the road after a win at home.

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