SEA vs DAL Dream11: God, I love the WNBA and since the league has begun, it has produced some of the most incredible basketball players to ever grace the court. If I had more time, I’d watch every WNBA game but hey, there is work to do here as well, isn’t it? Still, I catch it whenever I can and I urge you to do so. And if you haven’t yet, you can switch on the game between the Seattle Storm and the Dallas Wings.
The Storm has won five out of their seven games, and after a slow start, they have won six of their last eight games. They have surely got their rhythm now. On the other hand, the Dallas Wings have rather lost their rhythm and are at six wins and six losses. They have lost four of their last five games. The Storm and the Wings met for the second time in the last game and for the second the Storm defeated the Wings, with a thrilling 89:88 win as Stewart bombarded them with 32 points. Can the Wings at least win once against the Storm?
Host: Dallas Wings
Visitors: Seattle Storm
Match Timing: 13 June, @ 01:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: College Park Center
Storms are getting it together
The Storm has one of the best players in their team in the form of Breanna Stewart. She can score from tough angles, can collect big rebounds and also provide a serviceable defense. Since inserting Gabby Williams into the lineup, the team defense of the Storm has been incredible, limiting teams to around 76 points a game and are second-best in that category. They are number one in both blocks and steals per game
As stated above, Stewart gives the team terrific scoring through her versatile game. Apart from her, the backcourt of Loyd and Bird has been incredible with both being terrific playmakers whereas Loyd is a dynamic scorer. Magbebor has grown a lot as a scorer and has expanded her shooting range whereas she provides terrific defense and rebounding. The bench may need some work but the Storm has a lot of experience nonetheless.
Wings need to finish better
The Wings have lost multiple close games and at times, they look one-dimensional, taking tough shots and also going too much in isolation mode. They have amazing shooters and due to that, they are number three in three-pointers made. However, they don’t move the ball much and are second-last in assists per game with around 18 a game. Their perimeter defense is amazing but they allow too many drives and inside scoring.
Arike Ogunbowale for all her gifts can take some tough shots and that allows the opponents to get a running game going at times. Allisha Gray and Marina Mabrey(Injured for the game) provide incredible support whereas Isabelle Harrison is having a breakout season. But even this deep in the season, I think coach Vickie Johnson is yet to figure out her rotations.
Highest scorer: Breanna Stewart: 27
Highest rebounder: Ezi Magbebor: 10
Top assists maker: Sue Bird: 8
Score Prediction: Storm 90 Wings 82
Seattle Storm News
Storm Expected Starting Five
All-Around Scoring Forward: PF: Breanna Stewart
Defensive Wing: SF: Gabby Williams
Rebounding and Inside Specialist: C: Ezi Magbebor
Scoring Guard: SG: Jewell Loyd
Veteran Playmaker: PG: Sue Bird
BENCH: Reshanda Gray, Briann January, Jade Melbourne, Stephenie Talbot, Mercedes Russell, Briann January.
Dallas Wings Teams News:
Wings Expected Starting Five
Defensive Forward: F: Kayla Thornton
Athletic Forward: F: Satou Sabally
Two-Way Guard: G: Allisha Gray
Young Guard: SG: Tyasha Harris
Isolation Scorer: SG: Arike Ogunbowale
BENCH: Isabelle Harrison, Charli Collier, Awak Kuier, Veronica Burton, Teaira McCowan, Jasmine Dickey.
Arike has a superb loopy shot but she is usually not efficient, however, she is becoming a more willing passer. I believe she will be in 19-25 points and 3-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-41
Stewart is among one of the best players to play in the WNBA and her incredible scoring, rebounding, and help defense are huge. I believe she will be in 22-27 points, 8-12 rebounds, and 1-3 steals/blocks range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-50
Despite being an all-around presence, Allisha has been way too inconsistent this season, making just four of her 11 shots in the last game. I expect her to be in 13-16 points, 4-6 rebounds, and 3-5 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-34
Loyd is an elite scorer who can also provide amazing rebounding and can help in both fastbreak and half-court scenarios. I believe she will be in 15-21 points and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-37
Forward Isabelle has been incredible this season and her scoring has improved by leaps and bounds. I believe the superb Forward will be in 12-17 points and 4-8 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31
Magbebor is developing into a championship-level Center and her scoring has hit strides and she can provide incredible defense and rebounding. I believe she will be in 13-17 points, 6-11 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-28
PG: S Bird, B January
SG: J Loyd, A Ogunbowale
SF: S Sabally
PF: B Stewart(SP)
C: E Magbebor, A Kuier
PG: B January
SG: A Ogunbowale
SF: A Gray(PP), S Sabally
PF: I Harrison, B Stewart(SP)
C: J Lavender, A Kuier
Wouldn’t you love to see Breanna Stewart take on Arike Ogunbowale? Can the Wings beat Storm for the first time this season? You can catch this brilliant battle on the WNBA League Pass where you have all the live games and their replays if you miss the game. For 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.