In this high caliber all-Eastern duel, the second and third best squads of the conference are clashing, when the third Connecticut Sun (12-10), are hosting the second Atlanta Dream (12-9), with both teams having won their last two and four games respectively and are looking to extend those winning streaks today.
Date/Time: 07-17-2017 19:00 EDT
Spread: Connecticut Sun -8
Connecticut Sun have a 12-10 record (9-13 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the third place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Minnesota Lynx with an 83-64 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Chiney Ogwumike with 15 ppg, adding 7.5 boards per game. She is followed by Courtney Williams with 13.1 ppg, 6.2 boards and 3.1 dimes per game, while Jasmine Thomas adds 12.5 ppg, 3.1 boards and 4.3 dimes per game.
Atlanta Dream have a 12-9 record (12-9 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the East. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won at home against the Washington Mystics with an 80-77 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Tiffany Hayes with 17.3 ppg, adding 3.2 boards per game. She is followed by Angel McCoughtry with 16.6 ppg and 6 boards per game, while Brittney Sykes adds 10 ppg and 3.5 boards per game.
Atlanta have won both previous meetings against Connecticut, both at home by five points. Connecticut are 6-2 at home this season, while Atlanta are 5-6 on the road. Connecticut have the second-best offense in the league, scoring 86.1 ppg to Atlanta’s second-worse of 78.4, while Atlanta have the third-best defense, allowing 79.4 ppg to Connecticut’s 81.8. Atlanta have the second-worse percentage in the league in field goals (41% to 45%) and the worse in 3-pointers (29.9% to 34.9%). Connecticut lead the league in rebounding, grabbing 37 to Atlanta’s 35.9, are better in assists made, with 19 to Atlanta’s 17.8, while both teams are almost equal in turnovers committed (13.9 to 14.1). While Connecticut are the favorite in this game and Vegas odds give them a -8 spread, don’t expect them to beat the odds as Atlanta will definitely force a closer game than that.
Atlanta Dream vs Connecticut Sun Prediction: Atlanta Dream -8 (-114)
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