Fever-Dream Preview

While Atlanta moves closer to clinching a fifth straight postseason berth, the Dream are one team the Indiana Fever hope to catch as they try to improve their playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference. The Fever, however, will be trying to avoid a fourth consecutive regular-season road loss to the Dream on Wednesday night. Atlanta (15-13) averaged 67.0 points during a four-game slide that ended when it shot 53.2 percent in a 92-82 home win over Los Angeles on Monday. Erika de Souza had a season-high 27 points, Jasmine Thomas added 19 and Angel McCoughtry overcame six turnovers to score 16. The Dream have won five times in their last 17 contests. "This feels so good,'' said McCoughtry, averaging a league-leading 21.6 points. "To get a win creates such a different atmosphere. We have to build off this.'' Second in the East to a Chicago team that's clinched home-court advantage throughout the conference playoffs, Atlanta is 1 1/2 games ahead of Washington and two in front of fourth-place Indiana (13-15). The Fever won for the second time in three contests following a three-game skid, 73-67 to New York on Friday to snap a four-game road losing streak. Tamika Catchings had 22 points with 10 rebounds and Shavonte Zellous scored 21 for Indiana, which needed a 10-0 fourth-quarter run to win after blowing a 17-point lead. Indiana holds a three-game lead over the Liberty for the final postseason spot in the East. "We're fighting not only to get in the playoffs, but for positioning,'' Fever coach Lin Dunn said. "We don't want to just get in, we want to get the high seed that we can get, so we're fighting for everything.'' Though Atlanta has taken two of three matchups between the clubs in 2013, Indiana won 80-66 at home in the most recent meeting Aug. 10. Averaging 21.0 points and 44.6 percent shooting in her last four games, Catchings had 21 against Atlanta last month and has totaled 41 in two games versus Dream this season. A back injury kept her out of a 76-60 loss at Atlanta on June 25. McCoughtry scored 29 during an 86-77 win at Indiana on May 31, but she's totaled 33 points despite going 12 of 24 from the field in the last two meetings. Though the Fever won 103-88 at Atlanta in the 2012 conference semifinals, they've dropped eight of nine regular-season games there.