New York Liberty vs Atlanta Dream Prediction, 6/26/2021 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Liberty vs Atlanta Dream
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021
Location: Gateway Center Arena in College Park, GA
TV: Bally Sports South
The Atlanta Dream (5-8) host the New York Liberty (7-8) at Gateway Center Arena on Saturday.
The New York Liberty faced the Chicago Sky and took a loss by a final of 91-68 in their last game. New York wrapped up the game having earned a 37.3% field goal percentage (25 out of 67) and knocked down 4 out of their 25 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Liberty buried 14 of 18 tries for a rate of 77.8%. In regard to grabbing boards, they collected 37 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 13 dimes for the contest as well as forcing 14 turnovers and having 3 steals. In reference to the defense, New York allowed 50.0% from the field on 37 of 74 shooting. Chicago distributed 5 assists and had 9 steals in this contest. In addition, Chicago snagged 35 rebounds (5 offensive, 30 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Chicago shot 88.9% when shooting free throws by knocking down 8 of their 9 shots. They converted 9 out of their 19 shots from beyond the arc.
Betnijah Laney is a player who was a major contributor for the game. She ended up walking away with 14 points on 7 of 13 shooting. She played 33:14 minutes and collected 5 rebounds. Laney shot 53.8% from the field and recorded 3 assists. Someone else that had an impact in the game for the Liberty was Kylee Shook. She pulled down 11 rebounds in 31:59 minutes played. She went 42.9% from the floor in the game by connecting on 3-of-7 (6 points). When the final whistle blew, Shook wasn't able to notch an assist.
New York steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss record of 7-8 so far this season. They average 79.3 points per contest (9th in the WNBA) while hitting 42.3% from the floor. The Liberty are shooting 35.3% from downtown (152 of 431) and 79.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, New York is collecting 33.7 rebounds per game and has accounted for 297 dimes so far this year, which is 3rd in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They are giving up possession 17.0 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 18.3 fouls per game. On the defensive end of the court, the Liberty are forcing 13.3 turnovers per game while drawing 18.1 fouls. They rank 11th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 304 conceded for the campaign. The Liberty defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 43.7% (200 of 271) and they relinquish 39.1 boards per contest as a team. They surrender 32.0% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 10th in the league in PPG allowed (87.0).
For their last game, the Atlanta Dream took a loss by a score of 87-85 against the Minnesota Lynx. The Dream recorded 21 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 27 for this game. They coughed up the ball 10 times, while getting 13 steals in this matchup. The Lynx were called for 19 personal fouls for the contest which took the Dream to the free throw line for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw tries for a clip of 82.4%. When discussing shooting from downtown, Atlanta buried 5 of 13 attempts (38.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Dream ended up shooting 33 for 69 from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.8%. The Dream permitted the Lynx to knock down 34 of 65 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 52.3% in the matchup. They wrapped up this game 29.2% from three-point range by shooting 7 out of 24 and ended up shooting 12 out of 15 from the free throw line (80.0%). With respect to rebounding, Atlanta permitted Minnesota to grab 35 overall (11 offensive).
Odyssey Sims pitched in for the Dream for the matchup. She buried 5 out of 14 in the matchup giving her a field goal percentage of 35.7%, and added 2 rebounds. Sims tallied 13 points in her 35:39 minutes of playing time and had 2 assists for the game. Someone else that was pivotal for Atlanta was Courtney Williams. She ended up finishing with 2 dimes in her 35:37 mins on the court, and she put in 11 out of 19 from the floor. Williams ended the game having shot 57.9% from the field while also earning 24 points and 5 total rebounds.
Atlanta has a mark of 5-8 so far this year. Atlanta has accounted for 1,097 pts on the campaign (84.4 per game) and they average 34.4 rebounds per game. The Dream have committed 19.8 fouls per contest while shooting 73.5% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Dream are hitting on 42.7% from the floor, which ranks 6th in basketball. They are dishing out assists 18.1 times per contest (9th in basketball) and they turn it over 12.5 times per game. The Dream on defense are ranked 11th in the league in PPG allowed with 87.3. They give up 21.2 dimes and 35.9 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 12th and 9th in the WNBA. The Atlanta defense gives up 39.5% on shots from distance (119 of 301) and their opposition makes 81.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing their opponents into 16.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.4% from the floor (12th in the WNBA).
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Atlanta
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