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Indiana Fever (12-4) at Minnesota Lynx (19-7) , 6:00 p.m, Target Center
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Minnesota is coming off of a win over Connecticut, but fans would be hard-pressed to say the team is playing great basketball. The Lynx have lost four out of their last six games. Still, starting a two-game winning streak certainly would give the team confidence. The team has eight games left and has a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Sparks.
Indiana, the former WNBA Champion as many Lynx fans are aware of (unfortunately), sits in third place. They likely won't move up any spots, as the Fever is 3.5 games back from Atlanta for the No. 2 spot. They could fall, back, though. They are only a half game ahead of Washington (12-15) and 1.5 games head of New York (10-15).
Needless to say, this game is pretty important for both sides. Minnesota wants to hang out to the No. 1 seed, while Indiana wants to hang out to a playoff spot.
Last time out
The Lynx are coming off of a 91-77 road win on Thursday against the Connecticut Sun (7-18).
Minnesota was led by power forward Rebekkah Brunson, who finished with a game-high 24 points, to go along with 11 rebounds and five assists. It was the first 20-10-5 game in Brunsonís career. She also added two steals.
Shooting guard Seimone Augustus finished with 18 points and six assists, while shooting 7-of-12 from the field. Small forward Maya Moore finished with 17 points, five assists, five rebounds and a steal, while Lindsay Whalen scored 12 points. Center Janel McCarville also saw double-digits, finishing with 11 points while shooting 5-of-5 from the field.
The Lynx shot 57.6 percent from the field, although they were outrebounded 30-26.
Indiana is coming off of an 80-63 home win on Wednesday against the San Antonio Silver Stars (9-16). Ironically, that win clinched a playoff spot for the Lynx. Guard Shavonte Zellous led the way with 20 points. Forward Tamika Catchings finished with 19 to go along with a team-high 19 points. No other player on the Fever scored more than eight points, but it was enough to beat a San Antonio team that had 19 turnovers.
The Lynx and Fever last matched up on July 11 in Indiana when the Lynx won the game 69-62. Whalen finished with a game-high 23 points, while Brunson finished with 11. The true hero might have been shooting guard Monica Wright who was in the lineup for an injured Augustus. Wright finished with 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Zellous led Indiana with 14 points, while center Erlana Larkins finished with 11.
Key matchup: Catchings vs. Brunson
In her last two games, there hasn't been a better power forward in the league than Brunson. Brunson is averaging 20 points, 12.5 rebounds, five assists, 1.5 steals and one block per game. She shot 60 percent or better in both of those games as well.
We'll see if Brunson can keep up her hot play against Catchings.
Catchings is averaging 17.5 points per game to go along with 6.7 rebounds. She's more of a scorer than Brunson, but lacks her rebounding intensity.
During their last game against each other, Brunson scored 11 points while grabbing four rebounds. Catchings finished with nine points and 10 rebounds to go along with five steals.
The Lynx appear to be at full strength.
Indiana, like many teams in the East, has been plagued with injuries throughout the season.
Guards Shavonte Zellous (foot) and Karima Christmas (hip) are both probable for Saturdayís game. Guard Katie Douglas (back) is out indefinitely, while center Jessica Davenport (tibia) is out for the season.
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