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Indiana Fever vs. Chicago Sky - 9/17/15 Conference Semifinals Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Sky (0-0) vs. Indiana Fever (0-0)

WNBA Basketball: Thursday September 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Allstate Arena)

The Line: Chicago Sky -5 -- Over/Under: 162.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2

The Indiana Fever and Chicago Sky play game one of the playoffs Thursday at the Allstate Arena.

The Indiana Fever ended their regular season losing five of their last eight games. The Indiana Fever are averaging 77.7 points on 42.4 percent shooting and are allowing 75.8 points on 44 percent shooting. Tamika Catchings is averaging 13.1 points and 7.1 rebounds while Shenise Johnson is averaging 10.9 points and 4.9 rebounds. Marissa Coleman is the third double-digit scorer and Shavonte Zellous is dishing 1.9 assists. The Indiana Fever have allowed 76 or more points in seven of their last nine games and have lost five of their last six when allowing more than 75 points. The Fever are 9-8 SU on the road and have won five of their last eight. Lynetta Kizer is questionable with a knee injury.

Indiana Fever vs. Chicago Sky - 9/17/15 Conference Semifinals Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Sky ended the regular season winning six of their last eight games. The Chicago Sky are averaging 82.9 points on 44.6 percent shooting and are allowing 78.8 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Elena Delle Donne is averaging 23.4 points and 8.4 rebounds while Courtney Vandersloot is averaging 11.4 points and 5.8 assists. Allie Quigley is dishing 1.7 assists and Jessica Breland is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Chicago Sky have scored 82 or more points in five of their last eight games and have won seven straight when scoring at least 80 points. The Sky are 13-4 SU on their home court and have won five of their last seven. Cappie Pondexter is questionable with a concussion.

The Fever are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference Semifinals games and 21-10 ATS in their last 31 road games. The Sky are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference. The Fever are 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Chicago and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

Now that the playoffs are here, you can expect the Sky to really turn things up offensively, and when they do that, well, the Sky are extremely tough to beat. I look for Delle Donne to takeover this game and get the important victory on the Sky's home court.

Chicago gets the job done. 

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Chicago Sky -5

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