Date/Time: 08-06-2018 19:00 EDT
Spread: Atlanta Dream +4.5
Two squads sitting on the bottom of their respective conference are clashing today, when the 5th in the West Minnesota Lynx, who have won only once in their last 6 games, are hosting the worse team of the East Atlanta Dream, who are looking to end their current lengthy losing streak.
The Lynx are 10-11 (11-9-1 against the spread) so far in the league and are sitting on the 5th place of the West. They are 1-5 in their last 6 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by the Fever on the road, 75-86. The Dream are 5-17 (9-13 against the spread) so far in the league and currently sit on the bottom of the East. They have lost their last 7 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by the Sky at home, 75-87.
Top Basketball BookmakersMinnesota are led in scoring by Sylvia Fowles with 14.6 ppg. She also leads the team in rebounding with 9.6 per game, while Odyssey Sims follows with 14.3 ppg, adding 3.4 rebounds and leads the team in assists made with 5.3 per game. Napheesa Collier adds 11.3 ppg and 6.2 rebounds per game. Atlanta are led in scoring by Tiffany Hayes with 13.2 ppg. She also adds 3.1 rebounds and 3 assists per game, while Brittney Sykes follows with 10.6 ppg and 4.5 rebounds per game. Elizabeth Williams adds 9.9 ppg and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Both teams are tied 1-1 wins so far this season, with each one winning in their home court. Atlanta won with a 60-53 score and Minnesota 85-68. Atlanta have a 4-8 home record, while Minnesota have a 4-6 road record. Minnesota have both a better offense with 75.8 ppg to Atlanta’s 69.5 which is the worse in the league and a better defense, allowing 75.3 ppg to Atlanta’s 78.1. Minnesota have a better accuracy both from the field (43.6% to 37.4%) and from behind the arc (32.2% to 27.7%). They also dish more assists (19.4 to 15.6), while Atlanta grab more rebounds (36.5 to 34.5) and commit fewer turnovers per game (14.4 to 16.8). The home court advantage will be a major factor between two struggling teams so pick the hosts in this one.
Minnesota Lynx vs Atlanta Dream Prediction: Atlanta Dream +4.5 (-113)