Atlanta Dream vs Los Angeles Sparks Prediction, 8/19/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Dream vs Los Angeles Sparks
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
The Atlanta Dream (6-15) go to STAPLES Center on Thursday where they'll take on the Los Angeles Sparks (8-13).
The Atlanta Dream faced off with the Los Angeles Sparks and ended up losing by a score of 85-80 in their last contest. Atlanta wrapped up the contest having earned a 38.6% field goal percentage (34 of 88) and converted 5 of their 20 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the free throw line, the Dream made 7 of their 18 tries for a rate of 38.9%. With respect to hauling in boards, they earned a total of 48 with 17 of them being offensive. They also distributed 20 dimes for this contest while creating 14 turnovers and earning 10 steals. In reference to defending, Atlanta allowed the other team to go 45.0% from the field on 36 out of 80 shooting. Los Angeles recorded 6 dimes and had 9 steals for the contest. Moreover, Los Angeles pulled down 41 rebounds (6 offensive, 35 defensive) and earned 5 blocks. Los Angeles shot 80.0% from the free throw line by making 8 of their 10 attempts. They also made 5 of their 22 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
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Odyssey Sims is one player who was a contributor in this game. She racked up 26 points on 10 of 27 shooting. She played 39:00 mins and snagged 3 rebounds. Sims shot 37.0% from the field and also distributed 6 dimes. One more player that was a contributor in this contest for the Dream was Courtney Williams. She grabbed 9 rebounds in 36:41 minutes played on the night. She walked away from this one shooting 15.4% from the field in the matchup by going 2-of-13 (4 points). At the conclusion of this game, Williams had 5 assists.
Atlanta heads into this one with a win-loss record of 6-15 on the campaign. They turn it over 11.4 times per game and as a squad are committing 19.3 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Atlanta is grabbing 33.9 rebounds per game and has accounted for 385 assists this season, which ranks 9th in the WNBA in terms of passing. The Dream are shooting 32.3% on three-point shots (137 of 424) and 71.6% from the charity stripe. They average 82.5 pts per game (4th in the league) while shooting 41.9% from the floor. On defense, the Dream are able to force 15.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.2 personal fouls. The Dream are giving up a field goal percentage of 47.4% (334 of 361) and they concede 37.5 boards per game as a unit. They are ranked 11th in the league in giving up assists with 462 conceded for the year. They surrender 40.1% on shots from downtown while they are 12th in the WNBA in PPG allowed (88.3).
When they last stepped on the court, the Los Angeles Sparks took home the win by a final score of 85-80 when they faced the Atlanta Dream. The Sparks corralled 35 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 41 for the matchup. They also turned it over 14 times, while earning 9 steals for the matchup. The Dream committed 13 fouls for the matchup which took the Sparks to the charity stripe for a total of 10 shots. They were able to make 8 of those for a clip of 80.0%. Regarding shooting from downtown, Los Angeles buried 5 of their 22 tries (22.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Sparks shot 36 for 80 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.0%. The Sparks permitted the Dream to convert 34 of 88 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 38.6% in this matchup. They went 25.0% from three-point range via 5 of 20 and walked away from this one shooting 7 of 18 at the free throw line (38.9%). Regarding how they rebounded, Los Angeles allowed Atlanta to get 48 in all (17 offensive).
Brittney Sykes pitched in for the Sparks in this game. She made 8 of 17 in this contest giving her a field goal percentage of 47.1%, and tallied 4 rebounds. Sykes racked up 17 points in her 40:20 minutes on the court and had 5 assists for the game. An additional player that ended being a contributor for Los Angeles was Kristi Toliver. She finished with 3 dimes in 38:40 mins on the court, and she put in 4 out of 15 from the field. Toliver ended the game having shot 26.7% from the floor while also totaling 11 points and 2 boards.
Los Angeles has a win-loss mark of 8-13 this year. As an offensive team, the Sparks are connecting on 40.0% from the floor, which is ranked 12th in basketball. Los Angeles has accumulated 1,550 points for the season (73.8 per contest) and they collect 30.4 boards per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 15.2 times per game (12th in the league) and they turn it over 12.9 times per contest. The Sparks commit 19.5 fouls per contest while shooting 76.1% from the free throw line. The Sparks are ranked 2nd in the WNBA in PPG given up with 79.4. They have relinquished 17.0 assists and 40.2 boards on a nightly basis, which is 1st and 12th in the WNBA. The Los Angeles defense allows 34.8% on shots from 3-point land (150 of 431) and their opponents are making 82.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have forced 17.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.2% from the field (5th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Atlanta
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