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ATL vs PHO Dream11 Prediction WNBA Live Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Atlanta Dream vs Phoenix Mercury

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ATL vs PHO Dream11: WNBA has been at its best once again and even if the season is shorter compared to the NBA, it leaves a strong imprint. Here is a hope that the league will expand its reach, increase the number of teams, and also make sure that there is space for players who keep on proving their worth. The league is still entertaining despite its limited reach, and to add to the enjoyment, the Phoenix Mercury will host the Atlanta Dream.

The Dream has had their troubles on the offensive end but despite that, they have won seven out of 12 games, improving their play compared to last season. In the last game, they lost to the Storm 60:72 in another disappointing offensive outing. On the other hand, the Mercury looks lost without Britney Griner, and the last season’s finalists have lost eight of their 11 games. They defeated the Mercury 81:74 as Skylar Diggins-Smith got hold of 29 points in a sublime effort. Can the Dream get their offensive game going here?

Host: Phoenix Mercury
Visitors: Atlanta Dream
Match Timing: 11 June, @ 07:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Footprint Center

WNBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Dream’s defense is amazing, Mercury’s defensive woes

The Dream has been the most elite defensive team in the league, and their ability to contain a team below 80 has been indeed special. The young and athletic players alongside a strong defensive unit off the bench give the Dream workable combinations. However, offensively, they have not done well, the ball movement is iffy at times, and in half-court situations, the team looks clueless. Rookie Rhyne Howard has been on fire defensively but her offense is inconsistent. The team has seen a consistent performance from Cheyyene Parker but overall, a lot of work is pending to fix the offense that has a strong pace but not immaculate delivery.

Mercury’s defense is lost with Brittney Griner, whose length and athleticism enable them to be one of the elite defenses last season. Another area where they are hurt without her is the offensive rebounding and rebounding overall, where they are among the bottom-two squads. Tina Charles hasn’t shot well so far but yes, Diggins-Smith and Taurasi remain an elite backcourt scoring duo. It is not just inside defense that has been hurt without Griner, the Mercury has given up close to 39% from beyond the arc, which is worst in the league. The Mercury’s main issues are on the defensive end to be honest.

Performance Predictions

Highest scorer: Skylar Diggins-Smith: 26
Highest rebounder: Brianna Turner: 9
Top assists maker: Diana Taurasi: 8
Score Prediction: Mercury 84 Dream 76

Atlanta Dream vs Phoenix Mercury WNBA Live, Team News, and Lineups

Atlanta Dream Team News:

  • Tiffany Hayes is OUT.
  • Erica Wheeler is a “Game-Time Decision”.

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.

Phoenix Mercury Teams News:

  • Brittney Griner, Kia Nurse, Sophie Cunningham are OUT.

Mercury Expected Starting Five
Post Forward: F: Brianna Turner
High-Yielding Scorer: C: Tina Charles
Athletic Guard: G: Diamond DeShields
Isolation Scorer: PG: Skylar Diggins-Smith
Playmaking Guard: PG: Diana Taurasi

BENCH: Megan Gustafson, Krlie Samuelson, Sam Thomas, Kristine Anigwe.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Rhyne Howard (ATL)
Points: 11
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 00
Steals: 03
Blocks: 01

Guard Rhyne shot just 5/17 in the last game but she is much more than a scorer and has left deep imprints defensively. I believe she will be in 13-18 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 1-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-32

Skylar Diggins-Smith(PHO)
Points: 29
Rebounds: 01
Assists: 02
Blocks: 02
Steals: 01
Guard Skylar is an incredible scorer and once she gets it going, she can string together 3-5 strong games offensively. I believe she will be in 20+ points and 3-5 assists range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-44

Cheyenne Parker(ATL)
Points: 13
Rebounds: 10
Assists: 03
Steals: 03

Blocks: 01
Parker has been the most consistent player for the Dream and her ability to work on high and low post is incredible on both ends. I expect her to be in 10-15 points, 8-11 rebounds, and 1-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-34

Diana Taurasi(PHO)
Points: 19
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 07
Blocks: 01
Steals: 01

Guard Taurasi is an incredible three-point shooter and she can also make crisp passes, making her a strong player. I believe she will be in 16-22 points and 5-8 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-44

Kirsty Wallace(ATL)
Points: 12
Rebounds: 03
Assists: 04
Steals: 01
Guard Wallace has been another impressive rookie for the Dream and she has an incredible offensive game. I believe she will be in 10-15 points and 3-5 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-35

Diamon DeShields(PHO)
Points: 11
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 00
Blocks: 01
Steals: 01
Guard Diamond is having a brilliant season and she has been magical both as a driver and a shooter. I believe she will be in 12-18 points, 4-6 rebounds, and 1-2 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-33

ATL vs PHO DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

    • Brianna Turner (PHO) had 9 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals in the last game. Turner is an elite rebounder who can occasionally score inside. I expect her to be in 6-12 points and 8-12 rebounds range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 17-27
    • Nia Coffey(ATL) had 5 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals in the last game. Forward Nia hasn’t been efficient but her rebounding and defense play a vital role. I believe she will be in 6-10 points and 5-8 rebounds range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 11-21
    • Monique Billings(ATL) had 11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in the last game. Billings is a strong inside scorer and also a reliable rebounder. I believe she will be in 8-13 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 1-2 steals/blocks range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 15-25
    • Shey Peddy(PHO) had 10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals in the last game. Guard Shey brings great energy off the bench. I believe she will be in 8-13 points range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 14-23
    • Aari McDonald(ATL) had 7 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals in the last game. McDonald shot just 3/10 in the last game and she has been an incredible presence off the bench. I expect her to be in 9-14 points, 3-5 assists, and 2-3 steals range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-28
    • Megan Gustafson(PHO) had 4 rebounds, 3 assists in the last game. Center Megan is mostly a great box-out player and rebounder. I believe she will be in 2-4 points and 3-5 rebounds range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 4-10
    • Kia Vaughn(ATL) had 1 point, 1 rebound, 1 assist in the last game. Center Vaughn has been doing a decent job off the bench. I believe she will be in 2-6 points and 2-5 rebounds range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 6-14
    • Tina Charles(PHO) missed the last game but when she plays, she can certainly be a huge factor. I expect her to be in 13-18 points and 7-10 rebounds range if she plays.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-32

ATL vs PHO Dream11 Team

(Recommended)
PG: C Parker, S Diggins-Smith(SP)
SG: D Taurasi(PP), D DeShields, R Howard
SF: N Coffey
PF: B Turner
C:    K Vaughn

(Alternate)
PG: C Parker, S Diggins-Smith(SP)
SG: D Taurasi, D DeShields, K Anne Wallace
SF: N Coffey
PF: B Turner
C:    T Charles(PP)

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Where to watch WNBA Live Score?

Would you love to see veteran Diana Taurasi taking on rookie Rhyne Howard? You can watch this brilliant battle on the WNBA League Pass where you have all the live games and their full-game replays if you can’t catch the game. To watch the highlights, go to the official YouTube channel of the WNBA. To learn the scores, news, and stats, go to the official website of the WNBA.

Shubham Singh

Basketball is an intense sport and NBA has the most varied talents in the world. I like analysing basketball and uncover the nuances that dictate the game.