Dream Spotted 10+ Points Against Visiting Aces
If you struggle with efficiency, the next best thing is to chuck up plenty of shots. Led by Rhyne Howard, the Atlanta Dream is finding ways to get things done. But when Las Vegas comes to town, simply being busy won’t cut it. But the recent odds see the home team with a double-digit spread to work with. This team could just make some noise on this Aces vs Dream betting preview.
Aces vs Dream
Game: Las Vegas Aces (28-5) vs Atlanta Dream (16-16)
Location: Gateway Center Arena, College Park
Aces Just Cruising Until the Playoffs
When you’ve had a dominant season as the Aces have had, staying sharp can get challenging. Las Vegas clinched a playoff spot way back then and the team is also three games ahead of New York for the top seed in the WNBA playoffs. As such, Vegas can have off games every now and then.
Their head coach, Becky Hammon, had to do something following the team’s Commissioner’s Cup final defeat. She locked the players out of the gym so they could rest and recharge after fatigue became apparent.
“I just wanted them to get up off their feet, do something that makes them happy, get their mind in a different space, and the body needed to recover,” Hammon said. “I told them when you feel the need to press, do less. And let the game come to you.”
It worked momentarily as the Aces exacted revenge on the Liberty for their consecutive blowout losses. But right after, the Aces dropped a game against the Sparks as 16.5-point favorites.
Still, there is no reason to panic. Las Vegas remains a profitable team as far as WNBA picks and parlays are concerned. The team is 16-11 against the spread (ATS) as a 10+ point favorite. It is still atop the WNBA in offensive rating (113.4), defensive rating (96.7), net rating (16.7), and effective field goal percentage (EFG%) (55.7%).
As far as WNBA injuries, the team is missing Candace Parker. While this is a significant loss, the Aces still have all four of its championship-winning core together. The Aces are still the WNBA Championship favorites for a reason.
Offense is Anything But a Dream for Atlanta
Atlanta has struggled past the All-Star break. The Dream are just 5-8 thanks to an offense that is ranked last in rating (93) and EFG% (45.3%). Howard is still the team’s star but has gone cold in recent games. She’s shot just 35.2% from the field in her last six games. Uncoincidentally, Atlanta won just one of these.
The third-year pro has been hot and cold this year. And Atlanta’s record is a reflection of her shooting slumps as the team is just 2-7 against the spread (ATS) in its last nine games. But when Howard shoots at 40% or better, the Dream is 11-2. And when she doesn’t, they are 5-14.
The 6’2” guard can light it up. She scored 43 points on 14-of-20 shooting in a 28-point win over the Sparks early in July. A week later she dropped 32 in an 11-point win against Chicago. And given this Aces vs Dream betting preview, she’ll need this type of effort for Atlanta to have a chance against Las Vegas.
The Dream are just 1-9 in their last 10 games against Vegas. And they are just 1-5 in their last six at home. But on the WNBA spreads, Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in its last five home games.
And Howard is banged up with a facial injury. She’s listed as questionable for the game. If she can’t play or is limited, Allisha Gray and the others will have to pick up the slack. Either way, not much should change on the Aces vs Dream betting preview.Follow us on Twitter
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