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Sparks and Dream Have Top Two Defenses in WNBA

The Atlanta Dream and the Los Angeles Sparks will meet on Tuesday when they battle at STAPLES Center. This is a matchup of the No. 2 team in the WNBA vs. the No. 3 team.

The game will showcase two of the best defenses in the league. It will also have two of the best players in Candace Parker and Tiffany Hayes.

The second-place Dream (15-9) will be looking to stay ahead of the third-place Sparks. The Sparks (14-10) will be looking to make it two straight since losing to Indiana, the league’s worst team.

Atlanta has won seven straight and is 8-2 in its past 10 games. Los Angeles is only 4-6.

The Sparks and Dream have played once this season. On June 12, Parker scored 19 and Nneka Ogwumike posted a double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds) in a 72-64 Los Angeles win.

Oddsmakers have the Sparks as 4-point favorites. The total is at 156.

Sparks Looking to Get Back on Track With Winning Streak

The Sparks were a 93-76 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Sky. They covered the -3.5-point spread as favorites. The total score (169) made winners of OVER bettors.

Ogwumike did not dress in Los Angeles’ win over Chicago. It was the second straight game she has missed. Defensive specialist Alana Beard also did not play because of groin injury. It’s uncertain if either will be able to play Wednesday.

Odyssey Sims hobbled off the court in the waning moments and her status is in limbo as well.

The Sparks sit second in the league in defense, allowing 77.4 points per game. The Sparks average 79.8, eighth best in the WNBA.

Dream Look to Keep Solid Season Going

The Dream continued their improbable season on Sunday with an impressive 87-74 road win over Western Conference leader Seattle. They covered the +2.5-point spread as underdogs. The total score of 161 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Elizabeth Williams scored a season-high 17 points to lead the Dream. All-Star Hayes and Angel McCoughtry added 16 points.

The turning point in the Dream’s season might have come during the road trip that ended with the loss to the Sparks. The loss dropped Atlanta to 5-4. Since then Atlanta has gone 10-5 and is in the thick of playing for a first-round bye in the playoffs.

The Dream are third in the WNBA in defense at 78.9 points per game. The Dream average only 79.2 points per game, ninth best in the league.

Hayes led Atlanta to a 3-0 record last week. She ranked second in the conference in scoring at 18.0 points per game to go with 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Atlanta15-914-9-179.2178.880.338-46-5-110-142-108-4
Los Angeles15-1012-11-279.8077.402.46-6-16-5-111-143-108-4

Power Stats

Assists Turnovers
NameAssistsTurnoversRatio
ATL17.6213.211.33
LOS19.0411.481.66
Rebounding
NameOffenseDefenseTotal
ATL9.9626.7136.67
LOS6.7623.9630.72
ShootingPercentage
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
ATL41.0541.76-0.71
LOS46.4844.781.7

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals
Atlanta5-56-2-23-776.6035.7040.2637.3039/1437.80
Los Angeles5-52-6-23-776.2037.0044.6232.0042/1347.80

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals
Jun 12, 2018ATL64LOS72-8Push151.5ULOSATLLOS324338.544.634312/127/1575
Sep 1, 2017ATL56LOS81-12.5LOS158.5ULOSLOSLOS294328.851.728363/144/11410
Jun 30, 2017LOS85ATL767.5LOS158OLOSLOSLOS443651.74733298/173/1098
May 27, 2017LOS73ATL756.5ATL164UATLLOSLOS322941.744.432314/122/12311
Sep 8, 2016ATL86LOS81-9ATL162.5OLOSATLPush413643.345.140326/146/1978
Jul 17, 2016LOS74ATL919ATL159.5OATLATLPush404337.543.534424/144/1266
Jun 30, 2016ATL75LOS84-12ATL162ULOSATLPush37353850.838283/103/1077
Sep 9, 2015LOS60ATL90-4ATL157.5UATLATLATL254437.34028543/157/221012
Jul 16, 2015ATL76LOS72-2ATL153ULOSATLATL353539.143.531253/140/878
Aug 8, 2014ATL77LOS80-3Push158.5ULOSATLATL313739.243.846416/233/13912

WNBA Betting Odds and  Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Atlanta Dream

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Jul 22, 2018SEA87-74W2.5163W/U49.3065.222H
Jul 19, 2018NY82-68W-7164.5W/U31.8268.009H
Jul 17, 2018CON86-83W6.5170.5W/U46.1584.005A
Jul 15, 2018WAS80-77W2.5167W/U35.6285.714H
Jul 13, 2018IND98-74W-10157W/O56.9270.837H

Los Angeles Sparks

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Jul 22, 2018CHI93-76W-3.5166W/O52.0588.899A
Jul 20, 2018IND76-78L-13153.5L/O45.7172.734H
Jul 15, 2018LAV99-78W-5161W/O48.68100.0010A
Jul 12, 2018DAL77-92L-6.5163L/O43.5579.174H
Jul 10, 2018SEA77-75W3.5161W/U40.0091.676A

Next up:
Atlanta home to Washington Tuesday, July 31
Los Angeles home to Minnesota Thursday, August 2

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