Friday, September 13, 2013

Indiana Fever Playoff Scenario; Fever to Play NY Liberty Tonight

From the Indiana Fever PR folks and their pre-game notes:

A Fever win over the Liberty would be its fourth win in six games while sending New York to its fifth straight defeat. A loss would be Indiana’s second in-a-row.

Indiana is playing for the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs. Indiana has been eliminated from No. 2 seed consideration following its Tuesday loss to Washington.

Scenarios:

  • If the Fever ties with the Washington Mystics (15-17), Indiana would win a head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of its better conference record (currently 10-10 vs. 8-12). Both teams close the season against New York and Connecticut.
  • A three-way tie for second place in the East still exists. In that scenario, Atlanta (17-15) would earn the No. 2 seed, by virtue of a better record (6-3) against the other two teams. Washington (4-5) would take the No. 3 seed and Indiana (3-5) would be seeded No. 4.
  • Atlanta wins a two-way tie between the Fever and Dream, by virtue of the Dream’s 3-1 series record.

Personally, I want to see the Fever keep fourth place IF the Chicago Sky are in fourth. The Fever are 3–1 against the Sky, but are 1–3 against the Dream. So if the Fever play Chicago in the first round, history is on their side of making it to the second round. If they face the Dream in the first round, I'll be a little more worried.



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