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Atlanta Dream vs. Los Angeles Sparks - 8/9/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Sparks (18-11) vs. Atlanta Dream (19-10)
Date & Time Thursday August 9, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Atlanta Dream +2 -- Over/Under: 154
TV Channel
NBA TV, FOX SPORTS SOUTH
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WNBA | Los Angeles Sparks (18-11) vs. Atlanta Dream (19-10)
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The Los Angeles Sparks and Atlanta Dream meet Thursday in WNBA action at the McCamish Pavilion.

The Los Angeles Sparks look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 79.4 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 76.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 18.1 points and 4.9 assists while Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 15.9 points and 7.3 rebounds. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Odyssey Sims is dishing 2.9 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 81.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.9 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won four straight road games.

The Atlanta Dream look to keep the ball rolling after winning 11 of their last 12 games. The Atlanta Dream are averaging 80.6 points on 40.2 percent shooting and allowing 79 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Tiffany Hayes is averaging 17.8 points and 3.3 rebounds while Angel McCoughtry is averaging 16.5 points and three assists. Renee Montgomery is dishing 3.5 assists and Brittney Sykes is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Atlanta Dream are shooting 30.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Dream are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Dream have won seven of their last eight home games.

The Sparks are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. The Dream are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Sparks are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Atlanta, 4-17 ATS in the last 21 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Still not sure if Angel McCoughtry is going to play, which is kind of a big deal. But either way, the Sparks have been hit or miss this season and a recent turnaround doesn't change that. The Atlanta Dream have been the hottest team in the league over the last few weeks and have been covering numbers left and right while piling up the SU victories. Hard to turn down a free bucket with the way the Dream have played up to this point. I'll take the free points, assuming McCoughtry is going to play.

Pick:
Atlanta Dream +2

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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