Minnesota Lynx vs. Atlanta Dream
July 28, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Dream -1 / Total: 164
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The Minnesota Lynx and Atlanta Dream face off on Thursday in a WNBA showdown at The Gateway Center @ College Park. When these two teams faced off on June 1st it was Dream that were able to secure the 84-76 victory.
The Lynx come into this game with a 10-19 record overall, and they have lost three games in a row. In each of the last two games, the defense has really struggled, including the last game against the Connecticut Sun where they gave up 86 points. The Lynx are averaging 82.6 points, while their defense is giving up 84 points per game. The offense is ranked 5th in the league, while their defense is ranked 7th in the league. Sylvia Fowles has been the top player for Minnesota, averaging 15 points while shooting 63.5 percent from the field. Aerial Powers is averaging 14.2 points while shooting 37.5 percent from the field and 31 percent from behind the three-point line.
On the other side of this matchup is the Atlanta Dream, who sit with a 12-16 record overall, and they have lost two games in a row. In the last game against the Seattle Storm, the offense scored 72 points, but the defense gave up 82 points and that led to the 10-point defeat. In each of the last five games, the Dream has given up at least 82 points. The Dream are averaging 77.9 points, while their defense is giving up 80.3 points per game. Atlanta’s offense is ranked 12th in the league, while their defense is ranked 5th overall. Tiffany Hayes has been the top player for the Dream, averaging 16.4 points while shooting 56 percent from the field and 45.7 percent from behind the three-point line.
These are both teams that are struggling heading into this game, and the biggest reason for both teams has been the defense. Overall, the Dream’s defense has been better by almost four points per game, and I see the Lynx really struggling to score in this game. Being at home will also be a little boost for the Dream, and they will secure the victory. Back the Dream.