ATL vs MIN Dream11: The WNBA is in full swing and we have seen some exciting battles. The season isn’t as long as the NBA one and there are just 12 teams. Still, there is an exhilarating talent that can get it done on both ends of the floor and ensure that there is no shortage of fundamental plus innovative basketball practices. To add to the WNBA lore, the Atlanta Dream will host the Chicago Sky.
The Dream has seen a huge turn in fortunes this season due to the arrival of Rhyne Howard. They have become one of the most elite defensive teams and have won six of their nine games, and in the last game, they defeated the Lynx 84:76 behind a 22 points outing by Howard. On the other hand, the Sky has won five of their first eight games, resuming their campaign on a high after winning the championship last season. They defeated the Mercury 73:70 as Courtney Vandersloot scooped up 18 points. How will the young blood of Dream tackle against the experienced Sky?
Host: Atlanta Dream
Visitors: Chicago Sky
Match Timing: 4 June, @ 05:00 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: The Gateway Center
Young blood in full flow for Atlanta, Sky are well-balanced
The Dream has built an elite defensive unit this season and rookie Howard has impacted that end formidably. They are number one in terms of defensive rating (92.2) and although they gave up 96 against Aces, they limited teams to below 80 during most games. Howard is also an incredible long-range shooter, whereas Kirsty Wallace, another rookie is no less intriguing with her scoring prowess.
McDonald brings terrific scoring off the bench and the guard rotation with her along with Howard, Wallace, and Wheeler has a lot of potential. Cheyyene Parker has been an eliter rebounder and defense whereas Monique Billings poses a great threat off the bench.
The Sky is in the middle of most defensive and offensive metrics. There is one area where they are on the top though and that is the assists per game with 22 a game. This is not a surprise considering the show is run by Courtney Vandersloot whereas Candace Parker also keeps the ball moving. Therefore, Sky is able to extract quality possessions on the offensive end. Talking about Candace, her scoring has diminished over the last few seasons but her playmaking, rebounding, and defense remain elite.
Emma Messeman is great with her shot-selection whereas Copper and Quigley provide multidimensional attacks. The Guard duo of Rebekah Gardner and Dana Evans have been solid with Gardner being a serviceable two-way player. The Sky look primed to make a deep Playoffs run.
Highest scorer: Rhyne Howard: 20
Highest rebounder: Candace Parker: 10
Top assists maker: Courtney Vandersloot: 9
Score Prediction: Sky 84 Dream 79
Chicago Sky News
Sky Expected Starting Five
All-Around Forward: F: Candace Parker
All-Around Forward: F: Emma Messeman
Isolation two-way Guard: SG: Kahleah Copper
Leading Playmaker: PG: Courtney Vandersloot
Sharpshooting Guard: SG: Allie Quigley
BENCH: Kaela Davis, Azura Stevens, Dana Evans, Rebekah Gardner, Ruthy Hebard, Anneli Maley, Tina Krajisnik, Sparkle Taylor.
Atlanta Dream Team News:
Dream Expected Starting Five
High-Post Forward: F: Cheyenne Parker
Physical Forward: F: Nia Coffey
Crafty Dribbler: G: Erica Wheeler
Off-the-ball Shooter: SG: Kristy Wallace
Sharpshooting Two-Way Guard: SG: Rhyne Howard
BENCH: Beatrice Mompremier, Megan Walker, Naz Hillmon, Kia Vaughn, Aari McDonald.
Guard Courtney is one of the best passers to ever play basketball and she has also been a strong scorer so far. I believe she will be in 13-17 points, 6-9 assists, and 3-5 rebounds range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 29-41
Rhyne has shown elite scoring skills but her defense has been an even bigger headline as she justifies being the number one pick. I expect her to be in 16-23 points, 4-6 rebounds, and 1-3 steals/blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-36
Forward Parker remains a strong rebounder, playmaker, and defender but her scoring has started to diminish. The Legendary Forward can be in 10-14 points, 8-12 rebounds, and 3-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31
Cheyenne is an incredible rebounder and defender and can also rise up for above-average scoring nights. I expect a 9-14 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 1-2 steals/blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 19-30
Kahleah has done a decent job as a scorer and rebounder but her production is a bit down. I believe she will be in 12-16 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 1-2 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-28
First-year player Kirsty has been a wonderful scorer and has injected life into the Dream squad. I expect a 13-18 points range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31
PG: C Vandersloot(SP), Wheeler
SG: A McDonald, K Anne Wallace, R Howard(PP)
SF: E Messeman
PF: M Billings
C: A Stevens
PG: C Parker, E Wheeler
SG: A McDonald, K Anne-Wallace, R Howard(PP)
SF: E Messeman
PF: C Parker(SP)
C: Azure Stevens
Do you wanna watch Rhyne Howard go at it against Candace Parker in this game? You can watch this brilliant battle on the WNBA League Pass where you have all the live games and you can also catch this game on Twitter. To know the scores, news, and stats, go to the official website of the WNBA.