All of the playoff tickets may have been punched in the Eastern Conference playoff race but there is still plenty at stake tonight when the Atlanta Dream and Connecticut Sun meet for the final time of the regular season. Both teams are still fighting to improve their positioning with just two games remaining in the regular season.
Atlanta enters Tuesday's game tied with the New York Liberty for the third place in the conference with the Liberty holding the tiebreak advantage by virtue of winning the season series against the Dream. A win tonight over the Sun would move Atlanta into sole possession of third place for at least the time being. Connecticut is also in a race trailing Indiana by just one game in the loss column for the top spot in the conference.
The Dream defeated Connecticut 94-88 in overtime at Philips Arena on Aug 19 but dropped both contests in Connecticut. Atlanta carries a five game home winning streak into the game with the Sun and have really turned things around since their 3-9 start.
For Atlanta, things must start on the defensive end of the floor as they try and slow down Connecticut's Tina Charles who is having an MVP type of season. Offensively the Dream will turn to Angel McCoughtry who is second in the league in scoring but must also spread the wealth among Lindsey Harding, Sancho Lyttle, and Erika De Souza.
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