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Alison Bales
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Alison Bales, a 6-foot-7 rookie, should boost Indiana's frontcourt.
Fever Pitch
Depth on the wing. Improved play at center. It all adds up to Indiana having more talent surrounding Tamika Catchings than ever. And later this summer, the Fever hope it translates into the franchise's first title. Mechelle Voepel
 

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EXPERT PREDICTIONS
NANCY LIEBERMAN
ESPN analyst
MECHELLE VOEPEL
ESPN.com columnist
PREDICTED EAST FINISH PREDICTED EAST FINISH
Detroit Shock Indiana Fever
Connecticut Sun Detroit Shock
Indiana Fever Washington Mystics
Washington Mystics Connecticut Sun
New York Liberty Chicago Sky
Chicago Sky New York Liberty
PREDICTED WEST FINISH PREDICTED WEST FINISH
Sacramento Monarchs Seattle Storm
Seattle Storm Los Angeles Sparks
San Antonio Silver Spurs Sacramento Monarchs
Phoenix Mercury Phoenix Mercury
Los Angeles Sparks San Antonio Silver Spurs
Houston Comets Houston Comets
Minnesota Lynx Minnesota Lynx
KEY DATES
DATE EVENT
Friday, May 18 Rosters cut-down date
Saturday, May 19 Regular season opens
Sunday, July 15 All-Star Game (Washington D.C.)
Tuesday, July 24 Trade deadline, 8 p.m. ET
Sunday, Aug. 19 Regular season ends
Thursday, Aug. 23 Playoffs begin
Wednesday, Sept. 5 WNBA Finals begin
Sunday, Sept. 16 Last possible finals date

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