Atlanta (5-4) at Indiana (4-6)
When: Thursday, June 15th 2017
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Time: 7:00 ET | TV: FS1
Opening Odds: Indiana -2.5/156
The Atlanta Dream wrap-up a long five-game road trip with an Eastern Conference battle with the Indiana Fever on Thursday night. After losing the first three games of the trek, the Dream (5-4) got a big effort off the bench from center Damiris Dantas in a 91-85 overtime win over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday. Dantas, who did not play in the WNBA last season, has found a home in Atlanta and scored a career-high 22 points on Tuesday. Forward Tiffany Hayes leads Atlanta’s 10th-ranked offensive attack, averaging 17.7 points, while Bria Holmes and Dantas also are averaging double figures in points. Point guard Layshia Clarendon is enjoying a breakout season, leading the WNBA in steals (3.3 per game) and is third in assists at six per game. The Dream will get a week off after Thursday and will play their next three games at home.
The Fever, who are 4-1 at home this season, have won three of the past four matchups with Atlanta. They’re coming off a blowout loss at Washington on Sunday and have alternated wins and losses in their last five contests. Indiana has lost two of three overall and are hampered by an Achilles injury to guard Briann January. Erica Wheeler has stepped in for the injured January and played well, averaging 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in her last three games. January has been sidelined the past two games and is listed as day-to-day. Forward Candice Dupree leads the Fever in scoring, averaging 14.9 points. Indiana will hit the road after this to play Chicago on Sunday.
Atlanta has really been struggling on the road, failing to cover the spread in three of their last four away from home. Indiana has always been one of the better home teams in the league and are 3-2 ATS at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season. I’ll take the home team.
Pick: Fever -2.5
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