Los Angeles Sparks vs. Atlanta Dream - 8/21/20 WNBA Picks and Prediction

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Atlanta Dream vs. Los Angeles Sparks

WNBA Basketball: Friday, August 21st at 7:00 PM ET

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The Los Angeles Sparks and Atlanta Dream face off in their 12th game of the WNBA season inside the bubble at IMG Academy on Friday.. 

The Los Angeles Sparks have found a lot of success this season and coming into this game they have won five games in a row. The offense has been good, but the defense has also found a lot of success so far this year. In the last game against the Phoenix Mercury, the defense was strong giving up only 74 points, and that led to a nine point victory. On the season the Sparks are averaging 85.9 points while giving up 78.5 points per game. 

The Sparks best player this season has been Candace Parker who comes into this game averaging 13 points while shooting 44.6 percent from the field. Riquna Williams has also been a star off the bench averaging 12.4 points while shooting 46.3 percent from the field. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the Atlanta Dream who have struggled this year and coming into this game they have lost nine games in a row and the biggest issue has been with the way the defense has performed. Each of the last five games they have given up at least 92 points The offense has been inconsistent, which hasn’t helped their chances at coming away with a victory. Two games ago against the Chicago Sky, they scored only 67 points. 

On the season the Dream are averaging 80 points per game while their defense is giving up 92 points per game. The best player for the Dream has been Betnijah Laney who comes into this game averaging 17 points while shooting 50 percent from the field. 

The Dream’s defense is a big problem and that will be the difference as they struggle in this game. Look for the Sparks to take advantage and have no issue running up the score in this game. Back the Sparks to cover the spread. If you are looking for a play on the total the over is the play. 

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