Dream vs. Sparks
WNBA Basketball: Saturday May 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm (McCamish Pavilion)
The Line: Dream +6.5 -- Over/Under: 163.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Los Angeles Sparks and Atlanta Dream meet Saturday in WNBA action at the McCamish Pavilion.
The Los Angeles Sparks look for their first road victory of the season to build on their 2-1 start. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 89 points on 51.5 percent shooting and allowing 83.3 points on 52 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 23.3 points and 2.7 assists while Candace Parker is averaging 18.5 points and 10 rebounds. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Odyssey Sims is dishing 4.5 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 48.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 42.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 25 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have lost four of their last six road games.
The Atlanta Dream look for their first home victory of the season to build on their 2-1 start. The Atlanta Dream are averaging 81 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 77.3 points on 38.9 percent shooting. Tiffany Hayes is averaging 19.7 points and five rebounds while Layshia Clarendon is averaging 16.3 points and six assists. Damiris Dantas is the third double-digit scorer and Bria Holmes is dishing 2.7 assists. The Atlanta Dream are shooting 25 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Dream are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.7 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Dream have won seven of their last 10 home games.
The Sparks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 2 days rest and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Dream are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 home games, 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss. The Sparks are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Atlanta, 2-14 ATS in the last 16 meetings and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Atlanta.
I don't like this spread, so I'm going to avoid it by playing the total. The Sparks have not been good defensively in their first few games and the Dream are averaging 81 points in their first three games. Also, the over is 13-4 in the Dream's last 17 home games and the last meeting produced 167 points scored. If those two things continue, we could see some serious fireworks in this game. I'm going to play the over in this contest.