DAL vs IND Dream11: The WNBA is at halfway stage and there is no doubt that we have been blessed with scintillating battles throughout the season. It is only going to get more intense from here and looking at this season, I have observed that the defense has seen humungous improvements, so you gotta the be an A-tier player on offense for most nights. However, defense hasn’t been the calling card of the Indiana Fever so far, so will they stall the long-range shooting of the Dallas Wings?
The Wings have played much better than last season but just like last season, building winning streaks have not been their strong suit. The Wings have lost nine and won eight games and will march into this game after losing the Hawks 75:80 despite an 18 points night by Allisha Gray. On the other hand, Indiana Fever’s script remains the same; a lot of losses. So far they have won just five out of 18 games, however, they pulled out their one of the best games in their last meeting versus the Sky, defeating them 89:87 as NaLyssa Smith nabbed 26 points. Can the Wings get their long-range game going against the Fever?
Host: Dallas Wings
Visitors: Indiana Fever
Match Timing: 24 June, @ 05:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: College Park Center
Wings need to finish well
The Wings have once again struggled to dominate the major periods and their inability to close out games has been the difference from them being a 55-60% win team to an around 50% win team. While it is true that there have been improvements as the team has built an elite shooting unit, they have been way too inconsistent.
Ogunbowale continues to be the premier scorer but Mabrey and Gray have also supported her well as long[-range shooters. Isabelle Harrison started out red-hot but has cooled down significantly, while not having Sabally hurts the depth. Coach Vickie needs to instill better combinations I believe. The Wings can do much better.
Fever is stacked with young talent
The Fever has been amidst another horrific season but they have laid a solid foundation for the future. Indiana has been one of the worst defensive teams, allowing opponents to stack up a bunch of points. This always surprises me considering they have such a brisk defensive young player in NaLyssa Smith but perhaps the Guards are not able to stall the perimeter, which enables open lanes.
However, NaLyssa Smith has been a Rookie of the Year candidate, hoarding rebounds and steadily getting comfortable with the defense of the WNBA. Kelsey Mitchell has been the heartbeat on offense and continues to be gutsy on the offensive end. Except for these two, there is no doubt that the Fever has struggled to find an option to get the gears going.
Highest scorer: Arike Ogunbowale: 23
Highest rebounder: NaLyssa Smith: 11
Top assists maker: Kelsey Mitchell: 7
Score Prediction: Wings 85 Fever 77
Dallas Wings Teams News:
Wings Expected Starting Five
Defensive Forward: F: Kayla Thornton
Athletic Forward: F: Isabelle Harrison
Two-Way Guard: G: Allisha Gray
Sharpshooter: SG: Marina Mabrey
Isolation Scorer: SG: Arike Ogunbowale
BENCH: Tyasha Harris, Charli Collier, Awak Kuier, Veronica Burton, Teaira McCowan, Jasmine Dickey.
Indiana Fever Team News
Fever Expected Starting Five
Two-Way Rookie Forward: PF: NaLyssa Smith
Inside Presence: C: Queen Egbo
High-Scoring Guard: SG: Victoria Vivians
Driving Guard: SG: Danielle Robinson
Primary Ball-Handler: SG: Kelsey Mitchell
BENCH: Alanna Smith, Emily Engstler, Destanni Henderson, Lexie Hull, Alaina Coates, Tiffany Mitchell.
Forward Smith has already become an elite rebounder and she can also get it done as a scorer, clearly becoming an All-Star level player. I believe she will be in 17-23 points, 7-11 rebounds, and 1-2 steals/blocks range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-44
Arike Ogunbowale (DAL)
Guard Ogunbowale has a quick shooting form and she is having another incredible season albeit with some glaring inconsistencies. I believe she will be in 17-25 points and 3-5 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-32
Guard Mitchell is a joy to watch on the offensive end and she can both get it up from outside and use her incredible build to finish inside. I believe she will be in 16-24 points and 5-8 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-37
Guard Gray is having another solid season and she possesses an all-around streak while also being a long-range threat. I believe she will be in 15-21 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 3-5 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-41
Guard Victoria began the season on a solid note but her offense has been rather erratic recently. I believe she will be in 8-14 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 3-5 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 19-29
Guard Marina is having a breakout season and has not only improved her shooting but also honed other aspects. I believe she will be in 13-19 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 3-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-40
PG: K Mitchell, V Burton
SG: D Henderson, A Ogunbowlae, M Mabrey
SF: A Gray(PP)
PF: N Smith(SP)
C: T McCowan
PG: K Mitchell(SP)
SG: A Ogunbowale, M Mabrey
SF: A Gray(PP), V Vivians
PF: I Harrison
C: T McCowan
Will it not to be fun to watch Marina Mabrey take on Kelsey Mitchell? You can watch this brilliant game on the WNBA League Pass a place for all live games and replays are available. To witness 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.