Atlanta (6-7) at Dallas (8-9)
When: Wednesday, July 5th 2017
Where: College Park Center, Arlington, TX
Time: 8:00 ET | TV: League Pass
Opening Odds: Dallas -5.5/163
The Dallas Wings look to bounce back from one of their worst defeats of the season when they end their three-game homestand with a visit from the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday night. Dallas had won a season-high four straight games before losing 89-69 at home to Seattle on Sunday afternoon. The Wings, who allow the most points per game in the league (86.1), allowed the Storm to shoot 56.9% from the floor and hit 9-of-20 from beyond the arc. The middle quarters proved to be the deciding factor as the Wings were outscored by 17 points during that stretch. Glory Johnson led Dallas with 18 points, but was a team-worst -17 against Seattle. Leading scorer Skylar Diggins-Smith (17.2) contributed 13 points, but was 0-for-4 from 3-point range as the team was a combined 1-for-17. Last season, Diggins-Smith was dogged by ACL surgery, but is once again healthy and is eighth in the WNBA in scoring and fourth with 5.7 assists. This will be the first of three meetings between Wings and Dream, with the next one coming up on Sunday in Atlanta.
Atlanta received a much-needed win on Monday against the New York Liberty (81-72), as they had lost six of seven entering that contest. Five players scored at least nine points for the Dream led by Brittney Sykes’ 19 on 9-of-16 shooting. Dream coach Michael Cooper credited his point guard Layshia Clarendon in helping Atlanta snap a three-game skid against the Liberty on Sunday. “There goes a saying; So goes your point guard, so goes your team. And Layshia hasn’t played well the last three or four games and we struggled,” Cooper told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “So, when she plays well, she has great command of the game, and she’s running our offense the way it’s supposed to be run. It’s not about her always scoring, but when she does score, it helps our offense run a little more smoothly.” Clarendon, who averages 10.2 points a game, scored in double-figures on Sunday for the first time since May 31st. Her nine assists were also the most since she had 12 on May 27th.
Dallas burned me on Sunday when I picked them to beat Seattle as a one-point favorite. I’m not inclined to give up this many points when both teams are hovering around the .500 mark. I’ll gladly take the points in this one. Atlanta should top 80 points tonight.
Pick: Dream +5.5
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