Los Angeles Sparks at Atlanta Dream WNBA Picks & Predictions 8/9/2018
Thursday, August 9, 2018
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The Los Angeles Sparks travel to McCamish Pavilion to take on the Atlanta Dream on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The opening line for this game has Atlanta as 1 point favorites.
The Sparks have a record of 17-11. They are 3rd in the Western Conference. They have a point differential of 2.7 as they average 79.4 points per game while giving up 76.7 per contest. The Dream have a record of 19-10. They are 1st in the Eastern Conference. They have a point differential of 1.6 as they average 80.6 points per game while giving up 79.0 per contest.
Valuable Los Angeles Sparks Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Sparks are 13-13-2 against the spread
The Los Angeles Sparks are 11-17 against the over/under
Important Atlanta Dream Betting Trends
The Atlanta Dream are 18-10-1 against the spread
The Atlanta Dream are 11-18 against the over/under
Key Los Angeles Sparks Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Atlanta Dream Injuries
08/08/18 F Angel McCoughtry Foot left last game, is "?" Thursday vs LA Sparks
Candace Parker comes into this game averaging 18.1 points per contest while being on the court 30.3 minutes per night so far this year for the Sparks. She grabs 7.9 rebounds per contest and hands out 4.9 assists per game as well. Her field goal percentage is 49% while her free throw percentage is currently at 83%. Chelsea Gray averages 14.9 points per game in 32.5 minutes per contest this season. She averages 5.4 assists per contest and 3.4 rebounds per game for Los Angeles. Her field goal percentage is 49% for the year while her free throw percentage is 82%.
Tiffany Hayes averages 17.8 points per game while playing 28.3 minutes per contest this year for the Dream. She grabs 3.3 rebounds per game and has 2.6 assists per contest on the year. Her field goal percentage is 47% and her free throw percentage currently is at 86%. Angel McCoughtry averages 16.5 points per game this season and she sees the court an average of 27.6 minutes per contest. She also averages 6.0 rebounds per contest and 3.0 assists per game. Her field goal percentage is 42% and her free throw percentage is 84%.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles averages 79.4 points per game this season, which ranks them 9th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 2.7 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 2nd. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 7th in the WNBA. They average 30.8 rebounds per contest and 18.8 assists per game, which ranks them 12th and 8th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 11.2 per game. The Sparks allow 76.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 1st in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 30% average from behind the arc, ranking them 8th and 1st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 34.8 rebounds a game which ranks 7th and they give up 18.4 assists per contest, which puts them in 5th place in the league. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 12th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Atlanta is 8th in the league with 80.6 points per game this year. They are 11th in the league in shooting at 42%, while their average scoring margin is 1.6. They shoot 30% from 3-point range, which is good for 11th in the WNBA. They are 3rd in the league in rebounding with 36.4 boards per game, and 10th in assists per contest with 18.1. The Dream are 6th in turnovers per game with 12.8. The Dream surrender 79.0 points per contest, which ranks them 3rd in the WNBA. Their defense is allowing a 42% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 1st and 2nd in those defensive statistics. They rank 8th with 18.9 assists allowed per contest and 11th with 36.1 rebounds surrendered per game. The Dream are 11th in the WNBA in forcing turnovers with 14.0 per game this season.
The Sparks are 6th in the WNBA in offensive rating with 105.1, and their defensive rating of 101.5 is ranked 9th. In terms of pace they are 12th in the league with 75.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 4th. As a team they are 5th in the WNBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 25% of their shots, ranking 9th in the league. Los Angeles is 12th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%, which is 8th in the league.
Atlanta is 8th in the WNBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 15.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 46%, which is 12th in the league. The Dream are 10th in the WNBA in offensive rating with 101.4, and their defensive rating of 99.4 is ranked 12th. In terms of pace they are 3rd in the league with 79.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 46% is 11th. As a team they are 11th in the WNBA in true shooting percentage with 50% and they shoot 3-pointers on 26% of their shots, ranking 8th in the league.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles -1
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