A full slate of five games in the WNBA tonight and we’ll look at the quick rematch between the Atlanta Dream (5-6) and the Washington Mystics (4-6). Atlanta rolled to a 101-78 victory on Sunday.
Atlanta at Washington Betting Odds
The Dream are favored by 3.5 points and the total on the game is 165.5. Atlanta is -164 on the moneyline at FanDuel.
The Dream have been a bit of a surprise this season, going 5-6 so far, which is a bit better than was expected. Atlanta looked like they were predicted to be in the early going, losing their first two games of the season, then have played much better, losing a pair of home games to the Seattle Storm and dropping a pair of games against Minnesota on the road.
The Dream have their ‘Big 3’ of Tiffany Hayes, Courtney Williams and Chennedy Carter, who are each averaging 15.7 or more points per game. There’s a bit of a drop-off after that, so the Mystics know who they need to stop, but didn’t have much luck trying to do so last game, where the three combined for 50 points and Atlanta received a big game from Odyessy Sims, with 20 points, which is 13 points above her season average of 7.0. The Dream score 83.5 points and allow 86.5 points on the season.
The Mystics have been without Elena Delle Donne longer than was originally expected, and it looks as though she may not return until after the Olympic break in August. It’s up to Tina Charles and the rest of the team to hold down the fort until she returns and so far they haven’t been up to the task.
Charles leads the Mystics with 24 points per game, but was just 5 of 17 for 13 points in the loss at Atlanta. Ariel Atkins is second on the team with 18.0 points per game and Myisha Hines-Allen is third with 14.7. The Mystics could be without point guard Natasha Cloud for this one, as she left last game with an injury, although they should be able to overcome her absence, especially offensively, as she’s shooting less than 32% from the field.
Atlanta at Washington Pick
The Mystics have been a better team at home this season, winning their last two and dropping a 96-93 decision to Las Vegas the game before that, which is no disgrace. My numbers have Washington winning this one, so will take the Mystics +3.5 in their first game in front of a full-capacity crowd this season in a revenge game.