Chicago Sky vs Atlanta Dream Prediction, 8/18/2023 WNBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Sky vs Atlanta Dream
Date: Friday, August 18, 2023
Location: Gateway Center in College Park, GA
TV: WNBA League Pass
Gateway Center is the venue where and the Atlanta Dream (15-16) will take on the Chicago Sky (12-18) on Friday.
The Chicago Sky faced the Washington Mystics and took a loss by a score of 83-76 in their last game. Chicago ended the contest with a 41.8% field goal percentage (28 out of 67) and made 8 of their 25 three-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Sky buried 12 of 16 attempts for a percentage of 75.0%. In relation to getting rebounds, they earned 34 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 17 assists in the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 17 turnovers and getting 8 steals. Concerning the defense, Chicago allowed 49.2% from the field on 30 out of 61 shooting. Washington earned 8 dimes and had 14 steals for the matchup. On top of that, Washington grabbed 32 rebounds (8 offensive, 24 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Washington ended up going 83.3% from the charity stripe by converting 20 of 24 tries. They converted 3 of 18 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Kahleah Copper is someone who was a major factor in the matchup. She ended up scoring 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting. She played 27 minutes and also totaled 2 rebounds. Copper ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor and distributed 1 assist.
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Chicago comes into this game with a mark of 12-18 on the campaign. The Sky are hitting 36.9% on shots from 3-point land (240 of 651) and 74.9% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 80.5 pts per contest (7th in the WNBA) while connecting on 43.7% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 13.8 times per game and as a unit are committing 17.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Chicago is pulling in 33.1 rebounds per game and is sitting with 603 assists this year, which ranks 4th in the league in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Sky are forcing their opponents into 13.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.5 personal fouls. They are conceding 33.6% on 3-point attempts while they are 8th in the league in points per game allowed (83.7). The Sky defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 45.8% (404 of 494) and they surrender 34.5 rebounds per game as a unit. They rank 9th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 619 surrendered so far this year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Atlanta Dream walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 86-65 against the Las Vegas Aces. The Dream snagged 38 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 43 for the matchup. They turned the ball over 16 times, while getting 3 steals in this contest. The Aces earned 19 personal fouls for this game which got the Dream to the charity stripe for a total of 19 tries. They were able to make 15 of the free throws for a percentage of 78.9%. In relation to shots from 3-point land, Atlanta knocked down 4 of 16 tries (25.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Dream ended up shooting 23 out of 62 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 37.1%. The Dream permitted the Aces to convert 32 of their 77 tries from the floor which had them at 41.6% in the matchup. They went 30.4% from distance by hitting 7 out of 23 and walked away from this one shooting 15 out of 19 at the free throw line (78.9%). In the matter of cleaning the glass, Atlanta permitted Las Vegas to get 38 in total (8 offensive).
Allisha Gray was important for the Dream in this game. She converted 5 of 11 for the matchup giving her a rate of 45.5%, and totaled 3 rebounds. Gray racked up 19 points in her 33 minutes on the court, but went home with no dimes.
Atlanta has a record of 15-16 for the campaign. As an offense, the Dream are shooting 42.8% from the field, which is 9th in the WNBA. Atlanta has 2,550 pts on the season (82.3 per game) and they grab 36.4 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 18.4 times per game (10th in the league) and they are turning it over 14.5 times per game. The Dream are responsible for committing 19.9 fouls per game and they shoot 77.4% from the charity stripe. The Dream on the defensive end are ranked 10th in the WNBA in points allowed per game with 84.2. They are able to force 13.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 42.4% from the floor (2nd in basketball). The Atlanta defense allows 32.9% on shots from 3-point land (227 of 690) and their opponents are making 79.0% of their free throw shots. They allow 18.5 dimes and 36.0 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks 1st and 10th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's WNBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago
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