Howard Could Return for Dream
The biggest news leading into the second meeting of the season between Atlanta and Las Vegas is that Dream guard Rhyne Howard is not listed on the injury report after missing the last two games due to a shoulder injury. Atlanta split the two games without the top-scoring rookie in the WNBA.
Atlanta is just 5-7 on the road while Las Vegas is 8-4 at home. A key for the Aces when playing at home is a success from the perimeter — Las Vegas leads the WNBA with an average of 10 made 3-pointers at home. Only Indiana commits more turnovers per game when playing on the road than Atlanta.
Las Vegas (+160) has the best odds to win the WNBA championship according to the WNBA playoff odds. Atlanta is well back at +10000.
Dream Need Rookie of the Year Favorite
When the season started, the Atlanta Dream didn’t have the services of their top returning player as a knee injury forced Tiffany Hayes to miss the first 19 games of the season. Just when Hayes was shaking the rust off, Atlanta was forced to play without rookie standout Howard.
A shoulder injury sidelined Howard for the last two games. There is a chance that she will return for this game. Cheyenne Parker, the only Dream player to appear in all 25 games this season, scored 21 points as Atlanta topped Phoenix without Howard in the last game. It is not all good news as veteran forwards Nia Coffey and Monique Billings have been ruled out for this game. They combined for 12 rebounds as Atlanta outrebounded the Aces in the first meeting of the season.
Coffey has missed nine of the last 10 games while Billings is set to miss her second game in a row. Beating Las Vegas at full strength is tough enough, but doing so without two key players will be rather challenging for the Dream.
Something to consider for those who bet online: Atlanta has covered in just three of its last nine games as well as in only two of its last nine road games.
Aces Dynamic Duo on Roll
Las Vegas enters the game on a three-game winning streak and is putting up 102 points in these three contests. Not surprisingly, much of the heavy lifting has been done by the duo of Kelsey Plum and A’ja Wilson.
Plum is averaging 23.3 points on 53.7 percent shooting in those three games. One of the top 3-point shooters in the WNBA, Plum is 9 of 24 from 3-point range in the two wins over New York and one against Connecticut. Wilson is averaging 22.7 points on 55.6 percent shooting to go with 8.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.7 blocked shots.
Took care of business on the road. Another solid week for #️⃣2️⃣2️⃣ and #️⃣1️⃣0️⃣.@_ajawilson22: 22.6 PPG // 8.3 RPG // 1.3 APG // 1.6 BPG // 55% FG @Kelseyplum10: 23.3 PPG // 4.0 APG // 55% FG #ALLIN pic.twitter.com/Nhw2xgSKkF
— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) July 18, 2022
When you add in the 17 points and 6.7 assists coming from point guard Chelsea Gray, it is no wonder that the Aces are scoring points at a fast and furious pace. The Aces have 32 3-pointers and nearly as many steals as turnovers committed during this three-game winning streak.
The Aces are 0-5 against the Las Vegas odds in their last five home games.
Dream vs Aces Game Information
- Game: Dream 11-14 (5-7 on the road) vs Aces 18-7 (8-4 at home)
- Location: Michelob ULTRA Arena, Las Vegas, NV
- Day/Time: Tuesday, July 19, 10 p.m. ET
- Dream vs Aces Live Stream: WNBA.com
Dream vs Aces Betting Lines
|Team||Point Spread||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
|Atlanta Dream||+12½ -110||+600||173 -110o||80½ -115o / 80½ -115u|
|Las Vegas Aces||-12½ -110||-800||173 -110u||92½ -115o / 92½ -115u|
Dream vs Aces Prediction
The Dream are just 1-9 against the top four teams in the WNBA with the average margin in those nine defeats being 14.3 points. That included a 96-73 loss in the only previous meeting against the Aces.
The Aces have won the last five games against the Dream, although Atlanta did cover in two of those contests. Las Vegas averaged 109 points in the last two home games against the Dream. The 21 turnovers were too much for Atlanta to overcome when the teams played on May 13. Wilson had 15 points to lead six Las Vegas players who scored in double figures.
It might be a surprise to those who bet online that six of the last nine games in the series have gone under the total. However, four of the last six Las Vegas games have gone over the total. The total of 173 for this game is nearly 10 points higher than the other games on the WNBA schedule for Tuesday.
The 12½-point spread is a bit on the high side, but an Atlanta team missing two key frontcourt players might have a hard team keeping up with the streaking Aces in this one.