Atlanta Dream vs. Minnesota Lynx
August 7, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Dream -1.5
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The Atlanta Dream and Minnesota Lynx face off on Sunday in a WNBA showdown at the Target Center. When these two teams faced off on July 28th it was the Lynx that were able to secure the 92-85 victory.
The Dream come into this game with a 14-18 record overall, but they have won two games in a row. In the last game against the Los Angeles Sparks, they almost blew the game late, but they won 88-86. The Dream are averaging 78.5 while their defense is giving up 80.9 points per game. The offense is ranked 11th in the league, while their defense is ranked 5th in the league. The Dream’s defense too often has had quarters where they really struggled, and in the last game against the Lynx they gave up 92 points. Tiffany Hayes has been the top player for the Dream, averaging 16.2 points while shooting 54.5 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from behind the three-point line.
On the other side of this matchup is the Minnesota Lynx who sit with a 12-20 record overall, but they are coming off a loss in their last game. Against the Seattle Storm, the defense really struggled, giving up 89 points, and that led to the blowout defeat. At halftime, they were down 56-32. The Lynx are averaging 82.8 points, while their defense is giving up 84 points per game. The offense is ranked 4th in the league, while their defense is ranked 9th. The Lynx have dealt with a ton of injuries this season and that has been a big reason for the team not living up to the expectations. Sylvia Fowles will be retiring after the season, but she has been quite impressive so far this year, averaging 14.8 points while shooting 63.5 percent from the field. She has also grabbed 9.8 rebounds per game.
The Lynx have been inconsistent this season, but I still trust their offense a lot more in this game. The last time these two teams faced off, the Lynx scored 92 points, and I expect they are going to run up the score. The Dream won’t give up 82 or 83 points, and that will be the difference as the Lynx get the job done. Back the Lynx against the spread.