WAS vs ATL Dream11: The WNBA has reached the midway point and this has been another riveting season at our hands. We get to watch the best women basketball players take on each other who have honed their skills under quality coaches and training in difficult environments. To add up the lore of the WNBA, the Washington Mystics will take on the Atlanta Dream as you will see these hard working women in full flow.
The Mystics are a much-improved team, winning 12 out of their 21 games and their defense has been incredible this season. They come into this game after beating the Aces 87:86 in an Overtime effort as Alysha Clark dropped 20 points. On the other hand, the Atlanta Dream has improved too but still looks like a work in progress. After seven wins and four losses start, the Dream has lost six out of their last seven games. In their last game, their offense kissed them goodbye again, as they lost 61:72 despite Aari McDonald’s 17 points performance. Who will prevail in this battle between two low-scoring teams?
Host: Washington Mystics
Visitors: Atlanta Dream
Match Timing: 29 June, @ 04:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Entertainment & Sports Arena
Mystics has been elite on defense
While their offense has been questionable during many junctures, the Mystics’ defense has been highly impressive for most parts. If we factor in the presence of Elena Della-Donne, the team has won way more with her than without her. One of the main reasons for that is that the team’s offense look much better with her in the picture. While Cloud and Atkins have been inconsistent, Alysha Clark has been making some tough shots and getting the offense to flow. Shakira Austin needs to be more assertive and in control but the rookie has down well nonetheless. The Mystics right now may not look like a championship team but they can surprise in the Playoffs.
Dream has lost the plot
After a hot start, the Dream has lost its grip due to a large number of injuries. Seriously, their hands have been full with too many injuries and the absence of Kristy Wallace, Erica Wheeler, and Nia Coffey has broken the team on both ends. Rhyne Howard has done her bit on both ends but she can’t pull the team through. Aari McDonald has done well in the starting role whereas Ad Durr has been a big factor. But the Dream needs more on the offensive end at this point. Can they figure something out?
Highest scorer: Elena Della-Donne: 22
Highest rebounder: Elena Della-Donne: 10
Top assists maker: Natasha Cloud: 9
Score Prediction: Mystics 85 Dream 75
Washington Mystics News
No reports of injury at the time of writing.
Mystics Expected Starting Five
Slashing Wing: SF: Alysha Clark
Veteran All-Star Scorer: PF: Elena Della-Donne
Inside Presence: C: Shakira Austin
High-Scoring Guard: SG: Ariel Atkins
Ball-Handler: PG: Natasha Cloud
BENCH: Tianna Hawkins, Rui Machida, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Kennedy Burke, Myisha Hines-Allen.
Atlanta Dream Team News:
Dream Expected Starting Five
High-Post Forward: F: Cheyenne Parker
Inside Presence: F: Monique Billings
Iso Threat: G: Ad Durr
Driving Guard: SG: Aari McDonald
Sharpshooting Two-Way Guard: SG: Rhyne Howard
BENCH: Beatrice Mompremier, Maya Caldwell, Yvonne Turner, Naz Hillmon.
Forward Delle-Donne has been a big factor as a scorer, rebounder, defender, and whenever she plays, her impact is realized immediately. I believe she will be in 17-22 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks/steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-40
Guard Rhyne has one of the most pleasing shooting strokes and she is also an elite defender and strong rebounder. I believe she will be in 16-22 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-46
Guard Natasha is doing much better on the offensive end and her passing has been of elite level through the season. I believe she will be in 13-19 points, 6-9 assists, and 4-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-33
Guard McDonald is a strong defender and she has done her job as an offensive player and playmaker as well. I believe she will be in 10-16 points, 3-5 assists, and 1-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 37-51
Forward Alysha is an incredible driver to the rim but she can do a lot more than that and can also give strong defense and rebounding. I believe she will be in 14-19 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 1-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31
Forward Cheyenne has been a big factor as a defender and rebounder but her scoring has been a bit on the shorter side these days compared to earlier in the season. I believe she will be in 10-16 points and 5-8 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-44
PG: A McDonald, N Cloud(PP)
SG: A Atkins
SF: N Hillmon, R Howard, A Clark
PF: E Delle-Donne(SP)
C: M Hines-Allen
PG: A McDonald, N Cloud(PP)
SG: A Durr
SF: N Hillmon, A Clark
PF: E Delle-Donne(SP)
C: C Parker, S Austin
Young Rhyne Howard taking on veteran Elena Della-Donne, isn’t this a must-watch battle? You can watch this brilliant battle on the WNBA League Pass, an avenue for all the live games and their replays if you can’t get to the game. To watch the highlights, go to the official YouTube channel of the WNBA. To know the scores, news, and stats, visit the official website of the WNBA.
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