Dream Look to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive
The Las Vegas Aces and Atlanta Dream will face each other in their final game of their o series Tuesday in Las Vegas.
The game will be the third between the two this season, with each team stealing a game on the road.
While Las Vegas has been playing strong with a record of 23-10, securing its playoff spot a while ago, Atlanta is still looking to secure a place in the postseason. The Dream are sitting in seventh place with a record of 14-19, looking to take one of the three playoff spots up for grabs.
However, with the Aces struggling recently and losing two of their last three and the Dream winning two of three, this game with playoff implications is intriguing.
The first time these two met on May 13, the Aces won in Georgia 96-73. Although Aari McDonald scored 20 points for the Dream, only one other player reached double digits, with Rhyne Howard adding 13. Vegas’ six double-digit scorers, led by A’ja Wilson with 15 points, was too much for Atlanta.
Atlanta got its vengeance on July 19 in Vegas, defeating the Aces 92-76. Vegas struggled to get things going from 3-point range, shooting 28.6 percent, while Atlanta shot 62.5 percent from the arc. Tiffany Hayes led the Dream with 31 points while Howard added 24.
With Atlanta hoping to stay in the postseason hunt, the Dream are sure to put up a fight against the Aces on the road.
Wins on the Road
Despite the trend in this series, the Aces have been strong on their home floor this season, owning a 10-5 record. On the opposite side is Atlanta, which hasn’t had the best success on the road with a 6-10 away record.
The Aces have played their last five games on the road. The last two games in Vegas were successes as the Aces won both, defeating Los Angeles 84-66 and Indiana 90-77. The Atlanta game was Vegas’ last loss at home.
The Dream, who recently ended a four-game homestand, fell to Minnesota 81-71 last time out for their third road loss in a row. Atlanta previously fell to Seattle 82-72 and Los Angeles 85-78 following their win at Vegas.
With Vegas returning home after five games on the road and Atlanta’s recent road woes, the Aces may get a chance to take the series and hand Atlanta its fourth road loss in a row.
One thing that may be a factor is who wins the turnover battle.
Vegas leads the WNBA in committing the fewest turnovers, turning the ball over 11.2 times a game, while the Dream commit the most with 15.6 turnovers per game.
The Dream force opponents to turn the ball over 14.2 times a game, with the Aces forcing opponents into 12.4 turnovers.
The teams are about the same in steals per game, with Atlanta averaging 7.9 steals and the Aces averaging 7.6, good for fourth and fifth in the league.
In their first matchup, the Dream had 21 turnovers to the Aces’ 13, while in the second game, the turnover battle was closer with the Aces edging the Dream 17-12.
Dream vs Aces Game Information
- Game: Dream 14-19 (6-10 away) vs Aces 23-10 (10-5 at home)
- Location: Michelob ULTRA Arena, Las Vegas, NV
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 9, 10 p.m. ET
- Dream vs Aces Live Stream: WNBA.com
Dream vs Aces Betting Odds
|Atlanta Dream||+11½ -110||+475||167½ -110o||78½ -115o
|Las Vegas Aces||-11½ -110||-650||167½ -110u||90 -115o
Dream vs Aces Game Prediction
Though the Dream are searching for a playoff berth, the Aces are on a hunt of their own, hoping to clinch the No. 1 overall seed.
Las Vegas may have struggled lately with two losses in its past three games, but a win in Seattle on Sunday has the Aces within two games of WNBA-best Chicago.
While this series has favored the road team, Vegas should be able to grab its second win of the series and take down the Dream.