Seattle Storm vs. Atlanta Dream - 9/21/16 WNBA First Round Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dream vs. Storm
WNBA Basketball: Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Dream -1.5 -- Over/Under: 163.5 See the Latest Odds
The Seattle Storm and Atlanta Dream square off Wednesday night in the first round of the WNBA Playoffs at the Philips Arena on ESPNews.
The Seattle Storm head into this matchup red hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Seattle Storm are averaging 80.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 80.2 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Breanna Stewart is averaging 18.3 points and 9.3 rebounds while Jewell Loyd is averaging 16.5 points and 3.4 assists. Sue Bird is the third double-digit scorer and Crystal Langhorne is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Seattle Storm are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Storm are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game. The Seattle Storm have split their last eight road games.
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The Atlanta Dream head into this matchup after splitting their last 12 games. The Atlanta Dream are averaging 81.8 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 84 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Angel McCoughtry is averaging 19.5 points and 2.8 assists while Tiffany Hayes is averaging 15 points and 3.4 rebounds. Elizabeth Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Layshia Clarendon is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Atlanta Dream are shooting 28.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Dream are allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Dream have won seven of their last nine home games.
The Storm are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Dream are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Storm are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Atlanta and 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall.
Seattle has beaten Atlanta in two of the three matchups this season, including a road win a couple of weeks ago. I've said before that the Storm are a club peaking at the right time and could cause some damage in the playoffs. The Dream have been inconsistent all year and I'm not sure they have the firepower to match with Stewart and others taking over the game.
Look for the Storm to advance.