NYL vs ATL Dream11: The WNBA has reached the halfway mark and we have seen incredible battles throughout the season. The All-Star Teams are announced but more importantly, this is a time for the teams that have been off to make a big run or they lose substantial ground. This stays true for Atlanta Dream that will meet an improved New York Liberty.
The Dream started well but their season has derailed significantly since then. The seven wins four loss start has been wasted away and currently, the team is with just eight wins and eleven losses. In the last game, they had another horrendous performance, losing 74:92 to the Mystics. On the other hand, the Liberty is the opposite story, the team started with one win and seven losses but since then, they have won seven of their last ten games. In their last match-up, they defeated the Dream 89:77 as Sabrina Ionescu sprinkled 21 points. Can the Dream recover their old rhythm>
Home: New York Liberty
Visitors: Atlanta Dream
Match Timing: 1 July, @ 04:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Barclays Center
Liberty has improved significantly
The Liberty has hit a sweet spot this month and the major reason for that has been their improved offensive balance. Marianne Johannes has given the team an additional shooting and playmaking option thus easing the burden on Ionescu. Natasha Howard has been a tad inconsistent but brings tremendous energy on the floor and has given much-needed offense inside. Sam Whitcomb, DiDi Richards, and Xu Han offer different skillsets to help out off the bench.
Dream’s offense has been underwhelming
The Dream has had a rather off time from the offensive end and unlike earlier in the season, their defensive combination has been hurt as they have been hit with multiple injuries. Rhyne Howard has been excellent on both ends but her shot selection can be a bit iffy, she is a rookie after all. Cheyenne Parker was in great rhythm earlier but she has lost her offensive spark. Durr has done a decent job but the trouble is that the team’s overall offense has no rhythm at all, and they have scored 74, 61, 77 in the last three games.
Highest scorer: Sabrina Ionescu: 24
Highest rebounder: Sabrina Ionescu: 10
Top assists maker: Sabrina Ionescu: 8
Score Prediction: Liberty 85 Dream 77
Atlanta Dream Team News:
Dream Expected Starting Five
High-Post Forward: F: Cheyenne Parker
Inside Presence: F: Monique Billings
Veteran Ball-Handler: PG: Erica Wheeler
Off-the-Ball Guard: SG: Kristy Wallace
Sharpshooting Two-Way Guard: SG: Rhyne Howard
BENCH: Beatrice Mompremier, Megan Walker, Aari McDonald, Naz Hillmon.
New York Liberty Teams News:
Liberty Expected Starting Five
Athletic Forward: PF: Natasha Forward
Inside Presence: C: Stefanie Dolson
Expert Ball-Handler: G: Crystal Dangerfield
Laser shooter and Playmaker: SG: Marine Johannes
Leading All-Around Ball-Handler: PG: Sabrina Ionescu
BENCH: Sam Whitcomb, Lorela Cubaj, Michaela Onyenwera, Xu Han.
Guard Rhyne made just 2 of her 14 shots in the last game but she can do much more damage when she gets her stroke going. I belive she will be in 15-21 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-38
Guard Sabrina has been one of the highest-yielding players in different areas and she has limitless range. I believe she will be in 18-24 points, 8-11 assists, and 7-10 rebounds range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 Prediction scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-52
Forward Cheyenne has been a bit off from the field lately but her overall impact has been huge this season. I believe the forward will be in 12-17 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-34
Howard has been a terrific offensive player whose rebounding and defense are essential for Liberty. I belive she will be in 13-18 points, 7-11 rebounds, and 1-2 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-33
Guard Aari is incredible at clinching steals and can make tough drives inside and act as a spot-up shooter. I believe she will be in 10-16 points, 3-44 assists, and 1-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31
Johannes has one of the fluid jump shot motions and she has made the Liberty better since her addition. I believe she will be in 12-16 points and 3-5 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31
PG: S Ionescu(SP), A McDonald
SG: K Anne-Wallace, M Johannes
SF: R Howard(PP), N Hillmon
PF: N Howard
C: S Dolson
PG: S Ionescu(SP), S Whitcomb, A McDonald, E Wheeler
SG: A Durr
SF: N Hillmon
PF: N Howard(PP)
C: C Parker
Can Dream exact revenge for their last defeat at the hands of Ionescu and Liberty? You can watch this amazing battle on the WNBA League Pass a place to get hold of all the live games and you can also watch the full-game replays. To learn the scores, news, and stats, go to the official website of the WNBA.