SEA vs LAS Dream11: The WNBA is in its midway stage and the All-Star Starters have already been announced. Common names like Breanna Stewart, Sylvia Fowles, and A’ja Wilson figured as expected. First-timers like Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young have been first-time inclusions and there are yet to be reserves announced for the star-studded affair. And in this game, the Seattle Storm will host the Los Angeles Sparks.
The Storm has been on fire recently and they have won 11 out of their 17 games. After starting with three losses and one win, they have won 10 out of their 13 games. In their last match-up, they beat the Mystics 85:71 as Jewell Loyd collected 24 points. On the other hand, things couldn’t have been worse for the Sparks. They have lost four out of their five games, and overall, they have lost 10 and have just won 6 games. Their terrible season continued against the Sky in the worst way possible as they lost to them 59:82 in another disappointing offensive performance. Can the Storm derail the Sparks further?
Home: Seattle Storm
Visitors: Los Angeles Sparks
Match Timing: 26 June, @ 06:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Climate Pledge Arena
Storm’s experience is impeccable
The Storm presented multiple challenges to oppositions. Their defense has been of the highest quality and they have been able to both control the perimeter and also block the middle. Coach Noel Quill has instilled strong defense and the inclusion of Gabby Williams has meant that the team allowed the second least points per game. Although they play at a slow pace and take their time to get things going, they turn it over a few times and their shot selection is usually on point.
And why would it not be? Breanna Stewart enables the team to make a dent in multiple areas. Sue Bird has been a big factor as the playmaker while her offense has recovered. Ezi Magbebor has been a huge factor on the defensive end, while also chipping in as an inside scorer and rebounder. Gabby Williams can be a big factor all-around while Jewell Loyd continues to wreak havoc. The bench of the team gets outmatched repeatedly and that is surely a concern.
Sparks continue to implode
Somehow, the Sparks have gotten worse on both ends of the floor. They are the worst three-point shooting team in the league and there is no doubt that they have no reliable long-range option other than Katie Lou-Samuelson, who needs off-the-ball action. The trouble is that apart from a stagnant brand of basketball on the offensive end, the team defense has been horrific so far.
Except for Nneka Ogwumike, there are many times when the Sparks have no idea how to operate on the offensive end. Liz Cambage has had no huge impact and that signing has not helped the team that much. Tolliver looks rusty on her comeback whereas Sykes despite her impressive output can’t carry the guard offense alone. The bench looks weak and now Jordin Canada and Lexie Brown have also disappeared. The Sparks look done here to be honest.
Highest scorer: Breanna Stewart: 27
Highest rebounder: Breanna Stewart: 11
Top assists maker: Sue Bird: 9
Score Prediction: Storm 87 Sparks: 76
Los Angeles Sparks Teams News:
Sparks Expected Starting Five
Isolation Forward: PF: Nneka Ogwumike
Inside Presence: C: Liz Cambage
Stretch-Three: SF: Karlie Lou-Samuelson
Off-the-Ball Shooter: SG: Kristi Tolliver
Energy Injector: G: Brirtney Sykes
BENCH: Chiney Ogwumike, Chennedy Carter, Jordan Canada, Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Lexie Brown.
Seattle Storm News
Storm Expected Starting Five
Superstar Presence: PF: Breanna Stewart
Defensive All-Around Wing: SF: Gabby Williams
Rebounding and Inside Specialist: C: Ezi Magbebor
Two-Way Volume Shooter: SG: Jewell Loyd
Leading Playmaking Guard: PG: Sue Bird
BENCH: Reshanda Gray, Briann January, Jade Melbourne, Stephenie Talbot, , Ephiphany Prince, Jantel Lavender.
Stewart has been a huge factor and continues to be an MVP-level player and she helps the Storm in multiple ways. I believe she will be in 20+ points, 7-11 rebounds, and 1-2 block/steals range. She can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 WNBA Prediction scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-45
Foward Ogwumike has been an emphatic presence as a scorer but has been overburdened for sure. I believe she will be in 17-22 points and 6-10 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-38
Loyd banged home 6 triples in the last game and she put her struggles aside finally in the last match-up. I believe she will be in 17-23 points and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-35
Brittney Sykes (LAS)
Guard Sykes is a brilliant two-way player who can be a huge difference-maker on most nights. I believe the electric player will be in 11-16 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 3-5 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-34
Center Magbebor has improved offensively and she helps out on the rebounding and defensive end as well. I believe she will be in 13-17 points, 6-9 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-32
Center Cambage has at this point disappeared from the scene and needs a big-time rejuvenation. I believe she will be in 9-14 points, 6-9 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-34
PG: B January, S Bird, K Toliver
SG: B Sykes, J Loyd(PP)
SF: K Lou Samuelson
PF: B Stewart(SP)
C: E Magbebor
PG: B January
SG: L Brown
SF: K Lou Samuelson
PF: G Williams, N Ogwumike(PP), B Stewart(SP)
C: E Magbebor, O Nelson-Ododa
Breanna Stewart and Nneka Ogwumike always put on a show when matched up against each other, wanna watch it? You can catch this game on the WNBA League Pass which is an avenue WNBA action can be seen. You can watch the highlights of the game on the official YouTube of the WNBA. To know the scores, news, and stats, visit the official website of the WNBA.