WNBA Playoffs remain barely a week away and there is just one Playoffs spot for the taking. In this match, Los Angeles Sparks seek a vital win against the Atlanta Dream whose Postseason hopes have been long gone. More information about LAS vs ATL Dream11 scenario will be given here.
Sparks score the lowest amount of points in the league at 72.3 and it is understandable since the departure of Candance Parker this season and their ace Nneka Ogwumike missing a ton of games. However, the team is well-adept at shutting down opponents with the third-best defensive rating of 99.1. The Sparks are going to face an Atlanta team that uses Courtney Williams and Tiffany Hayes largely to generate offense early into the shot-clock. This is an important game for Sparks who are fighting for the last Playoffs spot against Mystics and Liberty with Mystics sitting at a game better than the Sparks. If the Sparks lose this game then their Playoff chances will take a huge hit but if they seal off the season with two wins then they have a huge chance of advancing. Can Sykes, Nneka, Wheeler, and co. carry the momentum from the resounding win against Seattle?
Host: Atlanta Dream
Visitors: Los Angeles Sparks
Match Timing: 17 September, @ 04:30 AM
Venue: Gateway Center Arena
The match will be played at Dream’s home court arena Gateway Center Arena.
Los Angeles Sparks | Atlanta Dream
Games: 30| 30
Wins: 11| 08
Defeats: 19 | 22
At least one among Erica Wheeler, Nneka Ogwumike, and Brittney Sykes deserves a place in the Dream11 Fantasy Basketball team.
At least one among Courtney Williams and Tiffany Hayes deserves a spot in the lineup.
*stats from last game*
PPG: 16.6 RPG: 6.8 APG: 4.2 SPG: 1.0
Williams leads the Dream in points, rebounds, and assists. Her specialty is hitting pull-up jumpers in transition, especially around the free-throw line area. She can also take it to the rack and generate driving opportunities while being a relentless dribbler. Her ability to push the ball up the floor also opens up opportunities for her teammates and she is well-adept at handing over crisp passes.
PPG: 14.3 RPG: 6.1 SPG: 1.3
The former MVP Nneka has it all in her bag. She can get in the mid-range and paint area to generate her offense while hitting shots under duress. Ogwumike knows when to release the ball and can finish over taller defenders using her power game and athleticism. She is also a superb rebounder and plays great team and individual defense.
PPG: 14.8 APG: 3.3 APG: 3.1 SPG: 1.6
Hayes is an incredible forward whose ball-handling skills are special. She has a ton of moves and a strong dribble-drive game while she can also generate steals by reading the passing lanes and go strong to the bucket on fast-break. The left-handed Forward can also shoot from the three-point line and clicked on 5/6 long-range bombs in her last game.
PPG: 13.5 APG: 4.7 RPG: 3.1 SPG: 1.4
Erica is an incredibly talented ball-handler and uses between-the-legs, behind-the-back crossovers to create separation. She had Sue Bird and Seattle Storm on skates in the last game and her lovely shooting form along with nifty lay-up moves allow her to be an effective option. Wheeler can also thread tough passes and is a superb guard all-around.
PPG: 8.1 RPG: 6.4 SPG: 1.2 BPG: 1.0
Monique is a rim-runner and generates most of her offense inside. She has an athletic frame and can finish with full flair at the rim. Billings is also a tenacious rebounder while chipping in with decent defense every now and then.
PPG: 9.2 RPG: 4.6 SPG: 1.8
Sykes may be listed as a guard but her game resembles that of a slashing Forward. She is an athletic player and doesn’t shy away from taking some contact at the rim. Brittney is also well-adept at reading passing lanes and gets up and down on the floor at a quick rate.
PPG: 5.8 RPG: 4.9 BPG: 1.3 SPG: 1.1
PPG: 8.5 RPG: 3.7
PPG: 7.9 RPG: 3.6
PPG: 3.8 RPG: 3.9
PF: Nneka Ogwumike
SF: Brittney Sykes
C: Amanda Zahui B
SG: Nia Coffey
PG: Erica Wheeler
BENCH: Chiney Ogwumike, Maria Vadeeva, Jasmine Walker, Te’a Cooper, Kristi Tolliver, Lauren Cox, Arella Guirantes.
Los Angeles Sparks Squad: Chiney Ogwumike, Brittney Sykes, Kristi Toliver, Maria Vadeeva, Jasmine Walker, Erica Wheeler, Amanda Zahui B, Nia Coffey, Te’a Cooper, Lauren Cox, Arella Guirantes, Nneka Ogwumike
PF: Monique Billings
SF: Tiffany Hayes
C: Elizabeth Williams
SG: Courtney Williams
PG: Aari McDonald
Bench: Shekinna Stricklen, Chennedy Carter, Candice Dupree, Tianna Hawkins, Blake Dietrick, Odyssey Sims, Cheyenne Parker.
Atlanta Dream squad: Shekinna Stricklen, Blake Dietrick, Elizabeth Williams, Courtney Williams, Monique Billings, Crystal Bradford, Chennedy Carter, Candice Dupree, Tianna Hawkins, Tiffany Hayes, Aari McDonald, Cheyenne Parker, Odyssey Sims.
Amazon Prime is going to telecast the game for Indian viewers. This game can also be enjoyed on WNBA League Pass. The post-match highlights are available on WNBA’s official YouTube channel.
Amazon Prime is going to broadcast the game but no TV Channel will showcase it.