Dallas Wings vs Atlanta Dream WNBA Picks & Predictions 5/24/2019
Friday, May 24, 2019
State Farm Arena
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Skylar Diggins-Smith and the Dallas Wings (15-19 last season, 5th in the Western Conference) travel to State Farm Arena on Friday where they'll meet the Atlanta Dream (23-11 last year, 1st in the Eastern Conference). Atlanta opens this matchup as 8.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 153.5.
The Wings were a dicey bet for WNBA wagerers last season, having gone 17-17 ATS. The Dream covered 64.9% of the time, going 24-13 against the spread. The Dream were terrible for Las Vegas oddsmakers as a favorite, going 9-6 ATS. Dallas covered 55.6% of the time as the underdog, having gone 10-8 against the spread.
Valuable Dallas Wings Betting Trends
The Wings were a rough Under bet for O/U WNBA wagerers, having gone 20-14.
Dallas covered 38.9% of the time last season as the visitor, having gone 7-11 ATS.
Important Atlanta Dream Betting Trends
Atlanta covered 61.1% of the time last season at State Farm Arena, going 11-7 against the spread.
The Dream were an excellent Under bet for O/U WNBA wagerers, having gone 17-22.
Key Dallas Wings Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Atlanta Dream Injuries
05/10/19 F Angel McCoughtry Knee is out indefinitely
Skylar Diggins-Smith comes into this contest after averaging 17.9 points per game while playing 34.1 minutes per night last season for the Wings. She pulled down 3.3 rebounds per game and dished out 6.2 assists per game as well. Her field goal percentage was 40% while her free throw percentage was at 84%. Kayla Thornton averaged 9.2 points per game in 28.6 minutes per contest last season. She averaged 1.8 assists per contest and 4.0 rebounds per game for Dallas. Her field goal percentage was 45% for the year while her free throw percentage was 86%.
Tiffany Hayes averaged 17.2 points per game while playing 28.9 minutes per contest last year for the Dream. She grabbed 3.6 rebounds per game and had 2.7 assists per contest on the year. Her field goal percentage was 44% and her free throw percentage was at 82%. Renee Montgomery averaged 10.3 points per game last season and she saw the court an average of 27.5 minutes per contest. She also averaged 1.7 rebounds per contest and 3.7 assists per game. Her field goal percentage was 39% and her free throw percentage was 88%.
Useful Team Statistics
Dallas averaged 86.6 points per contest last season, which ranked them 3rd in the WNBA. Their average scoring margin was 1.3 and their shooting percentage was 44% as a team, which had them ranked 9th. Behind the arc they shot 31% which was good for 12th in the league. They averaged 36.6 rebounds per game and 18.1 assists per game, which ranked them 2nd and 10th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they ranked 4th with 13.6 per game. The Wings allowed 85.4 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 10th in the league. They also allowed a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 8th and 12th in those defensive categories. Opponents averaged 32.2 rebounds a game which ranked 3rd and they gave up 19.6 assists per contest, which put them in 9th place in the league. They forced 11.9 turnovers per game which ranked them 4th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Atlanta was 8th in the league with 81.8 points per game last year. They were 11th in the league in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin was 2.3. They shot 32% from 3-point range, which was good for 10th in the WNBA. They were 3rd in the league in rebounding with 35.8 boards per game, and 9th in assists per contest with 18.2. The Dream were 8th in turnovers per game with 12.5. The Dream surrendered 79.5 points per contest, which ranked them 4th in the WNBA. Their defense allowed a 42% shooting percentage and a 32% average from 3-point range, ranking them 1st and 2nd in those defensive statistics. They ranked 7th with 19.3 assists allowed per contest and 10th with 36.5 rebounds surrendered per game. The Dream were 11th in the WNBA in forcing turnovers with 13.9 per game last season.
The Wings were 5th in the WNBA in offensive rating with 109.1, and their defensive rating of 107.5 ranked 4th. In terms of pace they were 3rd in the league with 79.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% was 8th. As a team they were 6th in the WNBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shot 3-pointers on 32% of their shots, ranking 4th in the league. Dallas was 5th in turnovers, as they turned the ball over an average of 14.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 50%, which was 5th in the league.
Atlanta was 8th in the WNBA in turnovers, as they turned the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 15.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 47%, which was 12th in the league. The Dream were 9th in the WNBA in offensive rating with 102.9, and their defensive rating of 100 was ranked 12th. In terms of pace they were 2nd in the league with 79.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 47% was 11th. As a team they were 11th in the WNBA in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shot 3-pointers on 26% of their shots, ranking 8th in the league.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Atlanta -8.5
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