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The teams split their regular-season series at 1-1, with each squad winning at home. Minnesota beat Atlanta 94-72 on July 9. The Dream beat the Lynx 88-75 on Aug. 20.
The best-of-three conference semifinals are a 1-1-1 format, with the better seed hosting Game 1 and, if necessary, Game 3. The conference finals, which use the same format, open Sept. 26. The best-of-five WNBA Finals are a 2-2-1 format and open Oct. 6.
The Lynx won all five regular-season meetings, including two games in Phoenix. But Minnesota and Phoenix haven't played since July 24.
The Dream went 3-1 against the Fever in the regular season. Their most recent meeting, on Sept. 4, went to overtime, with Atlanta winning 89-80. McCoughtry, the WNBA scoring champion this season, averaged 23.0 ppg in the series, including performances of 29 and 30 points.
They had to wait until early August to finally face each other, but once they did meet, it was all Minnesota. The Lynx swept the Storm 4-0 in the regular season, winning by an average of 17.3 points. The closest game was a 13-point Lynx win in Seattle.
The Sky lost just 10 games this season -- but three of them were to the Fever (yes, the same Indiana team that at one point lost seven consecutive games). Chicago's lone win came June 22 -- during that aforementioned Fever skid when the defending champ was plagued with injuries. But in back-to-back wins over Chicago in early August, the Fever twice held the Sky to a season-low 58 points. Elena Delle Donne averaged 13.0 points (five fewer than her season average) in the three games she played in the series.
They met Sunday in the regular-season finale, with Los Angeles routing Phoenix 89-55 to split the series 2-2. All eyes are on the health of the Mercury's Diana Taurasi, who took a knee to the quad in the second quarter Sunday and sat out the rest of the game. The Mercury beat the Sparks 97-81 in Phoenix on June 14, and added a 90-84 victory on July 18. L.A.'s other win in the series, 88-76, was in Phoenix on July 14.
Atlanta had the upper hand in their first three meetings this season, starting 3-0 against Washington. But the Mystics won the last two matchups, including an 85-80 victory in overtime on the road on Aug. 28. Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry, the league's scoring champion at 22.0 ppg, nearly matched it in the series, never scoring fewer than 15 points and averaging 19.6 ppg against Washington.
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