DAL vs LVA Dream11: The WNBA is heading towards the Playoffs stage and the Regular Season has been a total treat in multiple regards. As we dash towards the Postseason, there are three open spots for the Playoffs and the race from the sixth to eleven seed is the most intense it has been in years. In this game, one of the Playoffs contenders Dallas Wings will clash against already qualified Las Vegas Aces.
The Aces have been one of the top two teams for most of the season. They have acquired 22 wins and just nine losses, having another fantastic season. They had won four in a row before losing 73-83 to Mystics in the last game despite A’ja Wilson’s 22 points.
On the other hand, the Wings have been having another tough season. They have won 14 and lost 16 but lately, they have won three out of the last four games. They come into this battle after beating the Sky 84:78 as Marina Mabrey drilled 26 points.
The Aces have defeated the Dallas Wings in both the meetings so far. These two last met in mid-June.
Host: Dallas Wings
Visitors: Las Vegas Aces
Match Timing: 5 August, @ 05:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: College Park Center
Wings have a lot of talent
The Wings have no shortage of talent. With a streak shooter like Arike Ogunbowale, constantly improving Marina Mabrey and a dynamic guard Allisha Gray, they have the potential to become the best three-point shooting squad. The trouble is that the Wings lack a playmaking Guard that can help rotate the ball constantly without forcing the issue.
Defense has also been an issue, however, lately, the team has shown certain promise in that regard. The team inserted rookie Veronica Burton in the starting lineup for the first time in the last game due to Arike’s absence and she did handle the ball well while playing tough defense. Kayla Thornton has played well lately while Teaira McCowan has been effective as a starter.
Aces are contenders
The Aces are the fastest-paced squad in the league and also have the most athletic players. The breakthrough season of Kelsey Plum has helped them become a monster offensive team so A’ja Wilson and Plum are right now the most dynamic duo in the league. Chelsea Gray adds a veteran flavor whereas Jackie Young has improved. Dearica gives important minutes as a board enforcer and a defender. The bench has been abysmal for the team but the rise of Jackie Young means that the team has four shot-creators.
Highest scorer: Kelsey Plum: 29
Highest rebounder: A’ja Wilson: 11
Top assists maker: Kelsey Plum: 8
Score Prediction: Aces 91 Wings 79
Las Vegas Aces Teams News:
Aces Expected Starting Five
Two-Way Star Forward: PF: A’ja Wilson
Athletic Rebounding Forward: F: Dearica Hamby
Veteran Playmaking Guard: PG: Chelsea Gray
Sharp-Shooting Playmaking Guard: PG: Kelsey Plum
Athletic All-Around Guard: SG: Jackie Young
BENCH: Kiah Stokes, Riquna Williams, Theresa Plaisance, Sydney Colson, Aisha Sheppard, Kierstan Bell.
Dallas Wings Teams News:
Wings Expected Starting Five
Defensive Forward: F: Kayla Thornton
Inside Presence: C: Teaira McCowan
Two-Way Guard: G: Allisha Gray
Sharpshooter: SG: Marina Mabrey
Isolation Scorer: SG: Arike Ogunbowale
BENCH: Tyasha Harris, Isabelle Harrison Charli Collier, Awak Kuier, Veronica Burton, Teaira McCowan, Jasmine Dickey.
Forward A’ja is a superb scorer, rebounder, and defender, definitely being one of the contenders for the MVP this season. I believe she will be in 20+ points, 8+ rebounds, and 1-3 blocks/steals range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-52
Marina Mabrey (DAL)
Guard Mabrey had her struggles earlier but in the last game, she was clicking from deep range while being a big show in all regards. I believe she will be in 17-23 points range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-40
Guard Kelsey is a terrific scorer who has learned a lot of new tricks while also improving as a playmaker, which has helped the Aces’ offense. I believe she will be in 20+ points and 5+ assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-45
McCowan is an enforcer inside who has been unstoppable as a paint scorer and has done a wonderful job as a rebounder. I believe she will be in 14-21 points and 8-12 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-39
Guard Chelsea continues to dazzle the league with her incredible scoring, and playmaking and has hit key shots throughout the season. I believe she will be in 11-16 points and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-34
Arike missed the last game and when she plays, there is no answer for her when she gets ti going shooting-wise. She is Questionable here and if she plays, I believe she will be in 16-23 points range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 29-41
(If Ogunbowale doesn’t play)
PG: V Burton, K Plum(SP)
SG: M Mabrey
SF: J Young
PF: K Thornton
C: T McCowan, A Kuier, A Wilson(PP)
(If Ogunbowale plays)
PG: V Burton, K Plum(SP)
SG: A Ogunbowale(PP), C Gray
SF: A Gray
PF: K Thornton
C: T McCowan, K Stokes
Don’t you wanna see Kelsey Plum take on Marina Mabrey? You can watch this brilliant game on the WNBA League Pass where all live games and replays are available. To watch the highlights, access the official YouTube channel of the WNBA. To learn the scores, news, and stats, go to the official website of the WNBA.