Los Angeles Sparks vs Atlanta Dream Prediction, 9/16/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Sparks vs Atlanta Dream
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Location: Gateway Center Arena in College Park, GA
TV: Amazon Prime
Gateway Center Arena is the venue where and the Atlanta Dream (8-22) will play the Los Angeles Sparks (11-19) on Thursday.
The Los Angeles Sparks took the court against the Seattle Storm and went home with a win by a final score of 81-53 in their last contest. Los Angeles ended with a 48.4% FG percentage (30 of 62) and knocked down 6 of their 13 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Sparks buried 15 of their 16 tries for a rate of 93.8%. With respect to pulling down rebounds, they earned a total of 37 with 8 of them being offensive. They also distributed 13 assists in this game while forcing 17 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In the matter of defending, Los Angeles allowed their opponent to shoot 32.1% from the field on 18 out of 56 shooting. Seattle recorded 11 dimes and had 7 steals for this game. Additionally, Seattle snagged 28 rebounds (5 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Seattle finished shooting 84.6% at the charity stripe by burying 11 of their 13 tries. They also made 6 of their 27 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
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Brittney Sykes is one player who came through in the matchup. She ended up walking away with 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting. She was on the hardwood for 37:17 minutes played and also grabbed 10 boards. Sykes finished 54.5% from the field and also distributed 2 assists. One more player that was a contributor in this matchup for the Sparks was Erica Wheeler. She grabbed 2 rebounds in her 32:11 minutes played. She shot 58.3% from the floor for the game by connecting on 7-of-12 (17 points). Overall, Wheeler tallied 4 assists.
Los Angeles enters this one with a record of 11-19 on the campaign. They average 72.3 points per outing (12th in the league) while connecting on 40.7% from the field. The Sparks are shooting 32.9% on 3-point shots (198 of 601) and 76.7% from the free throw line. As a unit, Los Angeles is snagging 29.3 boards per game and has accounted for 459 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 12th in the WNBA in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 13.1 times per game and as a team they are committing 19.4 personal fouls per contest. When they are on defense, the Sparks are forcing their opponents into 17.4 turnovers per game while drawing 18.3 personal fouls. The Sparks defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 41.8% (521 of 548) and they surrender 38.8 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are ranked 1st in the league in giving up assists with 498 relinquished this year. They relinquish 34.1% on three-point shots while they are 2nd in the WNBA in opponents points per game (77.1).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Atlanta Dream went home victorious with a score of 85-78 when they faced the Indiana Fever. The Dream collected 22 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards totaling 33 for this game. They turned the ball over 13 times, while earning 5 steals in this game. The Fever committed 17 fouls in the game which took the Dream to the charity stripe for a total of 15 tries. They were able to knock down 12 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 80.0%. Regarding three-point shots, Atlanta knocked down 7 of 16 attempts (43.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Dream ended up going 33 out of 69 from the floor which gave them a rate of 47.8%. The Dream allowed the Fever to make 32 out of their 76 attempts from the field which had them at 42.1% for the matchup. They wrapped up this game 30.0% from beyond the arc by shooting 6 out of 20 and walked away from this one shooting 8 out of 10 from the free throw line (80.0%). In relation to how they cleaned up the glass, Atlanta permitted Indiana to get 35 in total (15 offensive).
Courtney Williams ended up being a factor for the Dream in this game. She made 7 out of 16 for this contest for a field goal rate of 43.8%, and accounted for 11 rebounds. Williams accumulated 15 points in her 38:27 mins on the hardwood and tallied 4 assists in this game. An additional player that was pivotal for Atlanta was Tiffany Hayes. She accumulated 3 assists in 33:32 mins on the court, and she converted 11 out of 18 from the floor. Hayes finished going 61.1% from the floor in addition to collecting 31 points and 6 total rebounds.
Atlanta has a mark of 8-22 for the campaign. Atlanta has 2,386 points on the season (79.5 per contest) and they pull down 34.1 rebounds per game. The Dream have committed 18.1 fouls per contest and they connect on 71.5% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Dream are connecting on 41.9% from the field, which has them ranked 8th in basketball. Their rate of earning assists is at 17.8 times per contest (9th in the WNBA) and they lose possession via turnover 11.1 times per contest. The Dream on defense are ranked 11th in the WNBA in points allowed per contest with 84.7. The Atlanta defense surrenders 38.8% on shots from beyond the arc (255 of 657) and their opponents are knocking down 78.7% of their free throw shots. They surrender 21.2 dimes and 38.2 boards per contest, which ranks them 12th and 11th in the league. They are forcing their opponents into 15.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.0% from the floor (11th in the WNBA).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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