LVA vs LAS Dream11: The WNBA is in full flow and we have seen amazing battles so far. The season is going towards the All-Star Break soon and there is a lot of clarity which players have emerged as the favorites. The Sun has been in riveting form while the Mercury has fallen off many times. The Dream and the Mystics have shown significant improvements. And how will it be when the Las Vegas Aces take on the Los Angeles Sparks?
The Aces have been the best team alongside the Sun. They have been in a sizzling form, winning ten out of their 12 games. In their last game, they beat the Wings 84:78 as Kelsey Plum propped up a 32 points night. On the other hand, the Sparks have won just five out of their last 12 games. In the last game, they lost to the Mercury 74:81 despite a 19 points night by Nneka Ogwumike. Can the Sparks overcome the difficult Aces?
Host: Los Angeles Sparks
Visitors: Phoenix Mercury
Match Timing: 12 June, @ 06:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Crypto.Com Arena
Sparks: Tough schedule and poor three-point performances
The Sparks have built a superb driving and inside scoring squad but their three-point shooting has left huge question marks. They are dead last in the league both in terms of three-point attempts and also makes. But still, due to Nneka Ogwumike’s offensive resilience and a deep bench, the Sparks have been able to produce quality offense and have been among the top-scoring teams.
In fact, at this point, it is their defense that has been falling behind as they are dead-last in terms of defensive rating. And due to that, Derek Fisher was replaced by Fred Williams at this point. But it does sound a bit harsh, considering the Sparks have played nine out of their 12 first games away from home.
Aces: How do you stop them
Last season, Kelsey Plum did a great job of lifting her game and she is the reaping award this season. The Aces have perhaps the most intimidating starting five in the league, and they are also the most athletic team. This is why they are unsurprisingly the fastest team in the league with a pace of 81.6 which also has enabled them to become the highest-scoring team with an average of 90+ points per game.
The trouble playing against Aces is that they have a backcourt of Plum and Gray, with Plum being the main enforcer and Gray also bringing veteran offensive talent. On the other hand, the frontcourt of A’ja Wilson and Dearica Hamby is a force on the rebounding/defensive end and in the paint as well. Of course, Jackie Young deserves a mention for her special performances this season.
Highest scorer: Kelsey Plum:: 24
Highest rebounder: A’ja Wilson: 12
Top assists maker: Kelsey Plum: 6
Score Prediction: Aces 87 Sparks 82
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, Theresa Plaisance, Sydney Colson, Aisha Sheppard, Kierstan Bell.
Los Angels Sparks Teams News:
Sparks Expected Starting Five
Isolation Forward: PF: Nneka Ogwumike
Inside Presence: C: Liz Cambage
Stretch-Three: SF: Karlie Lou-Samuelson
Scoring Guard: SG: Lexie Brown/ SG: Brittney Sykes
Brilliant Dribble Driver: PG: Chennedy Carter
BENCH: Chiney Ogwumike, Brittney Sykes, Jasmine Walker, Amy Atwell,.
NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks
Guard Kelsey has been on fire throughout the season and she has improved her passing game while also expanding her offense. I believe she will be in 22-28 points and 4-7 assists range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-47
Nneka is one of the best isolation scorers and she can also be an effective rebounder. She is one of the most elite players and can be in 17-23 points and 5-8 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-39
Wilson was in foul trouble last game but when she plays a big chunk of minutes, she can make a huge difference-maker as a scorer, rebounder, and defender. I expect her to be in 15-22 points, 8-11 rebounds, and 1-2 steals/blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-37
Center Liz is a terrific rebounder and scorer but she has been way too inconsistent, which has hurt the Sparks. I believe she will be in 12-19 points, 7-11 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-30
Guard Gray continues to be a strong veteran presence and she is amidst another terrific season, showcasing her full arsenal. I believe she will be in 13-18 points and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-38
Sykes has been in terrific touch for the last few games, and she has been in great offensive form. I belive the talented guard will be in 12-18 points, 4-7 rebounds, 4-6 assists, and 1-2 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-35
PG: K Plum(SP), C Carter
SG: C Gray
SF: K Lou-Samuelson
PF: D Hamby
C: L Cambage, A Wilson(PP), C Ogwumike
PG: K Plum(SP), C Carter
SG: B Sykes, C Gray
SF: K Lou Samuelson
PF: D Hamby, N Ogwumike(PP)
C: C Ogwumike
Don’t you wanna see A’ja Wilson going at it against Nneka Ogwumike in a terrific Forward battle? You can watch this brilliant game on the WNBA League Pass through which you can witness all live games and replays are available while it is also available on Facebook. To learn the scores, news, and stats, go to the official website of the WNBA.