6/5/2010 7:05:00 PM
The schedule makers did not do the Atlanta Dream any favors here. The Dream are playing the second of back-to-back nights, while the Washington Mystics have had five days off.
The Atlanta Dream
have dropped two straight and are 6-2 straight up and against the spread, in their eight games. Marynell Meadors’ club heads north for Saturday’s visit against the Washington Mystics
, who are 1-0-1 ATS in their two home wins.
Dream forward Iziane Castro Marques drained 3-of-5 beyond the arc in Friday’s 80-70 loss for Atlanta as a six-point home favorite against the Chicago Sky. The Brazilian finished with a team-high 19 points and added five assists.
sank 6-of-8 from the field and was a perfect 2-for-2 at the foul line en route to her 14 points. The 2009 All-Star is the Dream’s leading shooter, connecting at 54.5 percent.
Atlanta’s Erika de Souza struggled in the middle with a 0-for-6 night and no points. The center notched a team-high seven boards and ranks second in the East for rebounds (9.6 RPG) behind Connecticut’s Tina Charles (10.5 RPG).
The combined 150 points plunged ‘under’ the ‘total’ of 165 ½. Atlanta out-rebounded Chicago, 35-31, but had 23 turnovers compared to the Sky’s 13.
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The Dream are 4-1 ATS in their five road games. The ‘under’ is 3-2. Lyttle and Company are the league’s fourth highest-scoring squad with 82.9 PPG.
The Mystics have had five days off since Sunday’s 69-65 win as four-point home favorites against the Connecticut Sun. Washington hit 45.3 percent of its field goals, while holding Connecticut to 38.8 percent.
notched a team-high 18 points for the Mystics and added five rebounds. The Duke alum leads Washington in scoring (18.1 PPG), three-point shooting (47.4 percent), steals (1.9 SPG) and blocks (0.9 BPG) .
Mystics guard Lindsey Harding logged 10 points and nearly had a double-double with a team-high nine assists. The league’s 2007 first-overall draft pick ranks second in the East for assists (5 APG) behind New York’s Cappie Pondexter (6 APG).
Sunday’s 134 combined points ducked well below the 150 ½-point ‘total.’ Both teams united to hit 6-of-26 from three-point land and had 20 turnovers each.
The ‘under’ is 2-0 in Washington’s two home dates. The team’s longest idle period prior to Saturday’s game was a four-day rest before a May 21 home duel with the New York Liberty. Washington won, 77-61, and covered ATS as a 3 ½-point favorite.
The Mystics are 3-1 ATS in their four home meetings against Atlanta, with the ‘under’ also 3-1.
The squads last clashed in September as last year’s season wound down with Washington coming out on top, 82-64, as a 7 ½-point home favorite. ‘Under’ backers collected with the game’s 146 points dipping south of the 165 ½-point ‘total.’
Sports books opened the Mystics as 1 ½-point home favorites for Saturday’s 7 p.m. (ET) clash. Early bettors favored Washington and drove the number north a half-point.
The ‘total’ was initially set at 164, but quickly dropped as low as 157 with most early action on the ‘under.’
Both squads will have five days off following their battle. Atlanta will have five days off will continue on the road in New York, while Washington travels to Chicago.