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Preview: Liberty host Fever in Saturday afternoon WNBA tilt

Can the Liberty hold on late to prevent the Fever from winning two games in a row for the first time all season?

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Cappie Pondexter
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There is one game in the WNBA today, and while it’s between the two bottom teams in the league, it still comes with an interesting storyline. Here’s how to watch.

New York Liberty (7-19) vs. Indiana Fever (4-23)

When: Saturday, August 4 at 3 p.m. ET

Where: Westchester County Center | TICKETS

How to watch: NBA TV (national TV), MSG Network (local market)

Injuries: For the Liberty, Epiphanny Prince (knee) and Shavonte Zellous (ankle) are out.

Storylines to follow

Last meeting: Liberty 78, Fever 75 (June 10)

Despite being the first and still only team eliminated from playoff contention so far in 2018, the Fever are looking better than ever as they enter the home stretch. The addition of Cappie Pondexter at the beginning of July proved to be just what the team needed to start picking up some relatively regular wins. Indiana’s leading scorer Candice Dupree also comes into this game on a six-game, double-digit scoring streak.

The Liberty, who barely escaped with wins in these teams’ first meetings (needing overtime in the first and a three from Marissa Coleman in the final seconds of the game in the second), are now the WNBA’s coldest team, coming into this game on a five-game losing streak. While they hung in there with the Lynx on July 24, they let the game slip away in the fourth quarter. And in their most recent game, a 15-point loss at Connecticut, they were within 10 points for much of the game before giving up another big fourth quarter.

This is, by far, the Fever’s best chance to win two games in a row for the first time this season. While the Liberty have the series advantage late in the game against this team, their lackluster performances at the end of games lately shows that this might be just what Indiana needs to pick up their fifth win of the season (and, importantly, bring the Fever to a critical point to perhaps grab 11th place from New York in the season’s final weeks).