Atlanta Dream to Open Conference Finals Thursday at Home

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    The Atlanta Dream will host the defending WNBA Champion Indiana Fever in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals Thursday at 7 p.m. ET at Philips Arena. The Dream advanced to the conference finals by defeating Washington, 80-72, Monday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

    Game 2 in the best-of-three series will take place Sunday at 3 p.m. in Indianapolis. Game 3, if necessary, will be held Tuesday at Philips Arena at a time to be determined. All games will be nationally televised by ESPN2.

    Tickets for Dream home playoff games can be purchased by calling (877) 977-7729 or visiting http://www.AtlantaDream.net.

    Atlanta won the season series against Indiana, three games to one. The Dream won both contests in Atlanta and the teams split two games in Indianapolis. The Fever entered the playoffs as the No. 4 seed, but swept top-seeded Chicago in two games in the other conference semifinal.

    It will mark the third consecutive season that Atlanta and Indiana have met in the playoffs. The Dream beat the Fever in three games to advance to the 2011 WNBA Finals, while the Fever won in three games in last year’s conference semifinals. In both cases, the team that lost the first game rallied to win the next two.

    The winner of the Dream-Fever series will advance to the WNBA Finals to meet the winner of the Western Conference Finals between No. 1 seed Minnesota and No. 3 seed Phoenix.

    The Dream has qualified for the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season, including back-to-back conference titles in 2010 and 2011. Tickets for the 2013 WNBA Playoffs can be purchased by calling (877) 977-7729 or visiting http://www.AtlantaDream.net.

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