Dream vs Mercury Prediction WNBA Picks 8/29
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- Aug 29, 2023, 7:13:39 AM
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Atlanta Takes on Phoenix, Looks to Halt 3-Game Slide
It's a pivotal moment for the Atlanta Dream (16-19, 10-9 Eastern Conference) as they aim to break a three-game losing streak. They will be hosting the struggling Phoenix Mercury (9-25, 2-15 Western Conference) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EDT in College Park, Georgia.
Recent Team Performance
The Dream have been faltering lately, going 2-8 in their last 10 games. They are 9-8 at home and have a subpar record of 8-12 in games decided by 10 or more points. They're currently averaging 76.7 points, 33.3 rebounds, 17.4 assists, 6.2 steals, and 3.8 blocks per game, while shooting just 41.5% from the field.
The Mercury, on the other hand, have been equally uninspiring with a 3-7 record in their last 10 games. They are just 1-15 on the road this season. They are currently averaging 77.7 points, 31.5 rebounds, 18.5 assists, 5.8 steals, and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting at 44.7%.
Allisha Gray and Cheyenne Parker: Atlanta Dream
Allisha Gray has been a consistent scorer for the Dream, averaging 17.3 points and 3.2 assists per game. Cheyenne Parker has also been crucial, especially lately, averaging 17.2 points over the last 10 games.
Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi: Phoenix Mercury
For the Mercury, Brittney Griner is the key player with averages of 18 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks. Diana Taurasi has been averaging 15.5 points over the last 10 games but had an explosive 42-point performance the last time these two teams met.
Atlanta will be missing Nia Coffey due to a hand injury, while Phoenix will be without Skylar Diggins-Smith for personal reasons.
This is the third meeting between these two teams this season. In the last matchup, the Mercury had a convincing 91-71 win, courtesy of a 42-point explosion from Diana Taurasi.
Both teams have been struggling offensively lately, with the Dream averaging just 76.7 points and the Mercury at 77.7 points in their respective last 10 games. The underwhelming performance on the offensive end makes the under of 160.5 a promising bet.
Phoenix has shown some defensive solidity by allowing only 83.5 points and holding opponents to 43.8% shooting. Atlanta's opponents have averaged 84.1 points, another indicator pointing towards a low-scoring game.
Considering the recent offensive struggles from both teams, combined with the Mercury’s defensive metrics and the Dream’s need to break a losing streak through potentially tighter defense, the under of 160.5 points seems like the best bet for this matchup.
Pick: Under 160.5 -110
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