Connecticut Sun vs Atlanta Dream Prediction, 5/14/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Connecticut Sun vs Atlanta Dream
Date: Friday, May 14, 2021
Location: Gateway Center Arena in College Park, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Connecticut (-2)
The Atlanta Dream (7-15 last season) play the Connecticut Sun (10-12 last year) at Gateway Center Arena on Friday. Atlanta opens this game as 2 point dogs. The over/under opens at 164.
The Connecticut Sun took the court against the Las Vegas Aces and ended up losing by a score of 66-63 in their last game. Connecticut finished the game having earned a 36.6% FG percentage (26 of 71) and made 3 out of their 19 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Sun converted 8 of their 9 tries for a rate of 88.9%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they earned 36 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 19 assists in this contest while forcing the other team into 18 turnovers and getting 14 steals. In terms of defense, Connecticut allowed 35.5% from the floor on 22 out of 62 shooting. Las Vegas earned 16 dimes and had 8 steals in this game. Additionally, Las Vegas collected 41 boards (11 offensive, 30 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Las Vegas went 86.4% from the charity stripe by making 19 of their 22 attempts. They knocked down 3 of 9 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Alyssa Thomas is someone who came through for the matchup. She totaled 22 points on 11 out of 18 shooting. She played for 39:49 minutes and totaled 10 boards. Thomas finished the contest at 61.1% from the field and recorded 3 assists. An additional woman that had an impact in this contest for the Sun was DeWanna Bonner. She collected 8 rebounds in 36:59 min played. She finished the contest at 30.8% from the floor in the game by going 4-of-13 (15 points). Overall, Bonner earned 6 assists.
Connecticut will enter this game after finishing with a win-loss record of 10-12 last season. They turned it over 13.3 times per game and as a squad committed 18.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a squad, Connecticut snagged 35.5 rebounds per game and accumulated 403 assists over the course of last year, which ranked 9th in the league in terms of passing. The Sun shot 31.1% on 3-pointers (130 of 418) and 75.5% from the free throw line. They averaged 80.4 pts per game (10th in the league) while hitting 42.7% from the floor. When they were on defense, the Sun forced their opponents into 15.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.1 fouls. They were 4th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 405 surrendered over the course of last season. The Sun defensively gave up a field goal percentage of 44.3% (634 of 1,431) and they relinquished 33.0 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They surrendered 33.0% from 3-point land while they were 2nd in the league in points per game allowed (79.9).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Atlanta Dream took a defeat with a final score of 85-78 against the Washington Mystics. The Dream collected 28 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 40 in this contest. They gave up possession 9 times, while earning 1 steal in the game. The Mystics had 13 personal fouls for this game which got the Dream to the charity stripe for a total of 13 attempts. They were able to bury 9 of the free throws for a percentage of 69.2%. In regard to shooting from distance, Atlanta made 3 out of their 12 attempts (25.0%). Overall, the Dream shot 33 out of 71 from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.5%. The Dream permitted the Mystics to bury 30 of their 67 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.8% in the game. They finished shooting 28.0% from beyond the perimeter by hitting 7 out of 25 and ended up shooting 18 of 18 from the charity stripe (100.0%). When it comes to how they attacked the glass, Atlanta permitted Washington to collect 27 overall (4 offensive).
Betnijah Laney ended up having an impact for the Dream for this contest. She buried 11 of 16 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 68.8%, and had 6 rebounds. Laney scored 27 points in her 37:52 mins of playing time and had 1 assist in the matchup. One more player that was pivotal for Atlanta was Chennedy Carter. She ended up with 2 assists in her 33:30 minutes on the court, and she shot 12 out of 22 from the floor. Carter ended the game having shot 54.5% from the field and also notching 26 points and 5 total rebounds.
Atlanta had a record of 7-15 last year. As an offensive team, the Dream hit 44.2% from the field, which was ranked 7th in basketball. Atlanta accounted for 1,781 pts over the course of last year (81.0 per game) and they collected 34.9 rebounds per game. They dished out assists 16.9 times per game (10th in the league) and they lost possession via turnover 14.4 times per contest. The Dream were responsible for committing 18.5 personal fouls every game and they connected on 75.8% from the free throw line. The Dream on defense were ranked 11th in the league in points per game surrendered with 87.6. The Atlanta defense gave up 34.8% from downtown (174 of 500) and opponents knocked down 81.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They forced 12.9 TO's per game and let teams shoot 45.7% from the floor (9th in basketball). They allowed 20.0 assists and 35.0 total boards per game, which ranked them 11th and 9th in the league.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Atlanta (+2)
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