Atlanta Dream vs Los Angeles Sparks Prediction, 8/12/2023 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Dream vs Los Angeles Sparks
Date: Saturday, August 12, 2023
Location: crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: WNBA League Pass
The Los Angeles Sparks (11-18) host the Atlanta Dream (15-14) at crypto.com Arena on Saturday.
The Atlanta Dream faced off with the Seattle Storm and ended up losing by a score of 68-67 in their last game. Atlanta finished the contest having earned a 31.5% field goal percentage (23 out of 73) and converted 8 of 21 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Dream knocked down 13 of 19 attempts for a rate of 68.4%. In relation to grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 45 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 12 assists for the game while forcing the other team into 17 turnovers and getting 12 steals. When it comes to defense, Atlanta allowed the other team to shoot 33.3% from the field on 21 out of 63 shooting. Seattle doled out 8 dimes and had 10 steals in the matchup. Furthermore, Seattle had 45 rebounds (8 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Seattle finished 71.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 22 of 31 shots. They made 4 out of their 14 tries from downtown.
Rhyne Howard is a player who was a major contributor in this matchup. She notched 20 points on 6 out of 20 shooting. She played for 34 mins and grabbed 6 rebounds. Howard finished the game at 30.0% from the floor and also earned 1 assist.
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Atlanta comes into this matchup with a win-loss record of 15-14 this year. The Dream are hitting 35.2% on shots from distance (203 of 576) and 76.8% from the charity stripe. They average 83.1 points per game (5th in the WNBA) while connecting on 43.1% from the floor. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.4 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 19.7 fouls per contest. As a unit, Atlanta is snagging 36.3 rebounds per game and has 542 dimes for the year, which ranks 10th in the league in terms of passing the rock. Defensively, the Dream are able to force 13.4 turnovers per game and they draw 20.2 fouls. They currently rank 2nd in the WNBA in giving up assists with 537 surrendered for the campaign. The Dream are giving up a field goal percentage of 42.3% (388 of 586) and they relinquish 36.1 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are giving up 33.0% on three-point shots and they are 9th in the league in PPG allowed (84.1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Los Angeles Sparks got the win with a final of 87-80 against the Indiana Fever. The Sparks collected 25 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards for a total of 31 in this contest. They also coughed up the ball 8 times, while getting 8 steals for the contest. The Fever had 21 fouls for the contest which got the Sparks to the free throw line for 24 attempts. They were able to knock down 21 of those for a rate of 87.5%. When talking about shots from distance, Los Angeles knocked down 8 of 19 attempts (42.1%). When all was said and done, the Sparks finished the game shooting 29 for 72 from the field which had them at 40.3%. The Sparks permitted the Fever to knock down 30 out of their 64 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.9% for this contest. They finished the game shooting 30.0% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 6 out of 20 and finished the game at 14 out of 17 from the free throw line (82.4%). When discussing how they attacked the glass, Los Angeles permitted Indiana to snag 39 in all (6 on the offensive side).
Nneka Ogwumike pitched in for the Sparks for the contest. She buried 8 out of 19 for this contest for a field goal rate of 42.1%, and earned 11 rebounds. Ogwumike earned 20 points in her 33 mins on the court and accounted for 1 assist in the matchup.
Los Angeles has a win-loss record of 11-18 on the season. The Sparks commit 17.2 personal fouls per contest and they hit 81.5% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 18.8 times per game (8th in the WNBA) and they cough up possession 12.7 times per contest. Los Angeles has 2,287 pts on the year (78.9 per game) and they snag 32.1 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Sparks are hitting on 42.1% from the field, which ranks 11th in the league. The Sparks on defense are ranked 5th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 81.6. They are able to force 14.3 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 46.1% from the field (12th in the WNBA). The Los Angeles defense concedes 32.3% on shots from distance (210 of 651) and their opponents are connecting on 77.2% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 19.9 assists and 35.5 total rebounds per game, which is 7th and 9th in the league.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Atlanta
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