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Atlanta Dream vs. Los Angeles Sparks 8/5/22 WNBA Picks, Predictions, Odds

Los Angeles Sparks vs. Atlanta Dream
August 5, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Dream -4
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The Los Angeles Sparks and Atlanta Dream face off on Friday in a WNBA showdown at The Gateway Center @ College Park. These two teams faced off on July 21st, it was the Sparks that secured the 85-78 victory. 

The Sparks come into this game with a 12-19 record overall, and they have lost five games in a row. In the last game against the New York Liberty, they were up 24-8 at the end of the first quarter, but they really struggled in the second half, and that led to the three point defeat. The Sparks are averaging 79.6 points, while their defense is giving up 85.4 points per game. The offense is ranked 9th in the league, while the pitching staff is ranked 10th in the league. Nneka Ogwumike has been the top player for the Sparks, averaging 18.6 points while shooting 55.4 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from behind the three point line. If the Sparks want to win this game, they need to play a consistent game for all four quarters. Too often this season, the Sparks have taken a quarter or two off, and it’s led to the issues. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Dream, who sit with a 13-18 record overall, but they are coming off a win in their last game. The offense was strong, putting 91 points against the Indiana Fever, and that was enough to win by 10 points. The Dream are averaging 78.2 points, while their defense is giving up 80.7 points per game. The offense is ranked 11th in the league, while their defense is ranked 5th in the league. Rhyne Howard is having a big season, averaging 15.7 points while shooting 36.5 percent from the field. 

The Sparks blew the last game against the Liberty, and two games ago they were blown out by the Liberty. This is a Sparks team that doesn’t have a lot of confidence heading into this game, and they are going to really struggle in this game. The Dream scored 91 points in the last game, and they are going to run up the score here. Los Angeles is going to have no answer with the defense, and this game is going to get out of hand early. Back the Dream against the spread. 

Shane Mickle's Free Pick:
Atlanta -4

Shane Mickle

I have been following sports for as long as I can remember and started writing about them back in high school. My favorite sports include MLB, NBA, NFL, CFB, CBB, and the UFC. Follow me on Twitter at @shanemickle
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