Seattle (14-16) at Atlanta (10-20)
When: Wednesday, August 23rd 2017
Where: McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, GA
Time: 7:00 ET | TV: League Pass
Opening Odds: Seattle -1.5/164
Two teams going in opposite directions will meet on Wednesday night as the struggling Atlanta Dream host the surging Seattle Storm at McCamish Pavilion. Atlanta has lost nine in a row and is on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention. The Dream’s last victory came almost a month ago on July 25th when they beat the Phoenix Mercury in overtime. At 10-20, they are four games out the final playoff spot with four games to play. The Dream can’t seem to generate enough offense to win games, ranking 10th in points (79.6), 11th in field goal percentage (41.2), and 12th in 3-point percentage (28.7). Tiffany Hayes (16.1 points) leads four players that average double-digits in points, while Layshia Clarendon ranks second in the WNBA with 6.8 assists per contest. Atlanta will play their final home game on Saturday before finishing the regular season with two on the road.
The Storm have won four in a row since making a late-season coaching change, parting ways with coach Jenny Boucek and promoting assistant Gary Kloppenburg to interim coach on August 10th. The four-game surge has Seattle now seventh in the league standings with the top eight teams qualifying for the playoffs. The Storm offense is also surging at the right time as they recorded a franchise-record 34 assists in its 103-66 rout of the Chicago Sky on Sunday. Brianna Stewart led six Seattle players in double figures with 19 points, and the Storm went over 100 for just the second time this season. This will be the rubber-match with Atlanta as the teams split the two previous games in Seattle. Storm point guard Sue Bird needs 12 assists to become the WNBA’s all-time assist leader and had seven in Seattle’s 90-84 win over the Dream on July 15th.
This feels like a trap game, but I can’t put my money on a team that has lost nine straight. The Storm are playing extremely well right now and should have no problem eliminating the Dream from playoff contention.
Pick: Storm -1.5
- Storm are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games.
- Storm are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win.
- Storm are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win.
- Storm are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Storm are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Storm are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Dream are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Dream are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games.
- Dream are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
- Dream are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss.
- Dream are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Dream are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Over is 6-1 in Storm last 7 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Over is 4-1 in Storm last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Over is 9-4 in Storm last 13 games following a ATS win.
- Over is 9-4 in Storm last 13 road games.
- Over is 37-17-1 in Storm last 55 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Over is 7-0 in Dream last 7 games following a ATS win.
- Over is 4-1-1 in Dream last 6 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Over is 10-3 in Dream last 13 vs. Western Conference.
- Over is 6-2 in Dream last 8 home games.
- Over is 11-4 in Dream last 15 overall.
- Over is 13-6 in Dream last 19 Wednesday games.
- Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
- Storm are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
- Storm are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Atlanta.