Dallas Wings at Atlanta Dream
|Date & Time||Friday May 24, 2019, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
State Farm Arena
The Line: Atlanta Dream -8 -- Over/Under: 166
LEAGUE PASS, WSB NOW
The Dallas Wings and Atlanta Dream meet Friday in WNBA action at the State Farm Arena.
The Dallas Wings lost in the first round of the playoffs last year and returning would be an accomplishment this season. Trading away Liz Cambage is going to hurt, as you’re talking about one of the top scorers in the league and somebody who is an unstoppable force in the paint while having the ability to knockdown the three. But before you write the Wings completely off, Arike Ogunbowale is a strong candidate for rookie of the year and will provide an immediate impact to the Wings, while Azura Stevens is a promising young player who could greatly improve her numbers from last year. Skylar Diggins-Smith may also return at some point after giving berth, and she’s still one of the best guards in the league when healthy. The Dallas Wings won’t be as explosive as they were last season, but there’s still enough here for them to be in the playoff race.
The Atlanta Dream lost in five games to the Washington Mystics and have to feel like they’re capable of returning as a dark horse title contender. The Dream return their top-seven scorers from last season, including double-digit scorers in Tiffany Hayes and Renee Montgomery. Throw in Alex Bentley, and the Dream have arguably the most talented and deepest backcourt in the league. The Dream will be all to push the pace and light up the scoreboard, but the real question is the health of Angel McCoughtry, who suffered a torn ACL in August and remains month-to-month in terms of her progress. The outlook on the Dream and any real chance of competing for a title relies heavily on McCoughtry returning as one of the best players in the league. The Atlanta Dream look to make the playoffs back-to-back years for the first time since 2013-14.
The Wings are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 road games, 0-9 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Dream are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 home games, 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference and 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Wings are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Atlanta and 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The under is 15-6 in Dream last 21 home games. The over is 11-4 in Wings last 15 road games.
The Dallas Wings enter the season behind the eight ball without their top-two players from last season, so it's going to take some time to adjust, and they were awful ATS last season down the stretch, even with Cambage on the court. The Atlanta Dream are without their leader in McCoughtry, but there's still enough scoring there for this club to be effective. This line is a bit thick for a season opener, but backing the Wings in their current situation is a hard sell. I have to lay the chalk with the Dream if forced to pick.