Anne Donovan and the New York Liberty tip their weekend action at home Friday night against the well-rested and Eastern Conference leading Atlanta Dream.
The Atlanta Dream have had a five-day rest since playing five games in a nine-day span. Marynell Meadors’ club heads north for Friday’s WNBA duel with the New York Liberty, who are back home after a 3-1 spread record in four straight road games.
Pinnacle Sports opened Friday’s 7:30 p.m. (ET) tip as pick ’em on the basketball odds board. Early action on New York pushed Anne Donovan’s club to be a two-point home favorite on most boards, according to SBRodds.com.
The ‘total’ was first set at 163. Initial action on the ‘over’ moved the number north a point to 164.
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Atlanta’s last trip to the court saw the conference-leading crew (7-2) come away with Saturday’s 86-79 overtime win as three-point road dogs against the Washington Mystics. The Dream shot 47.4 percent from the field, while holding the Mystics to 39.5 percent.
Dream center Erika de Souza co-led her troops in scoring with 23 points and added 11 rebounds for her first double-double in three games. The Brazil native hit 11-of-15 field buckets.
Atlanta’s Sancho Lyttle notched her fifth straight game in double figures with 13 points and added a team-high 17 rebounds. The 2009 All-Star’s boards helped the Dream out-rebound the Mystics, 44-38.
The game needed 15 combined points in overtime to stretch above the ‘total’ of 157 after the East rivals were tied, 75-75, at the end of regulation.
Atlanta is 5-1 ATS in its six road games, with the ‘total’ splitting in that span.
The Dream has not had a five-day rest yet, but is 2-0 ATS in two spots after being idle for four days. The ‘over’ is also 2-0.
New York has been off for two days since Tuesday’s 85-70 victory as six-point road dogs against the Chicago Sky. The Liberty led by as much as 28 points and were a perfect 11-of-11 from the foul line.
Cappie Pondexter logged a season-high 31 points for New York. The explosive guard drained 14-of-18 from the field while adding three assists.
New York’s center Taj McWilliams grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and put up 10 points. The leading shooter for the Liberty (54.5 percent) was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field.
The matchup had more combined points in each quarter as the game went on, with the final stanza’s 43 points helping the duel leap ‘over’ its 148 ½-point ‘total.’
McWilliams and Company are 0-2 ATS in their two home dates, with the ‘total’ split.
New York is also 0-2 ATS in the two games that followed its only two SU victories.
The Dream and Liberty met two weeks ago in its only meeting of the season thus far, with Atlanta winning, 86-77, as a three-point road dog. Dream forward Angel McCoughtry hit 9-of-11 free throws en route to finishing with a team-high 21 points.
The game’s 163 combined points fell a three-pointer shy of the 165 ½-point ‘total.’
The clubs have met eight times since Atlanta became a franchise, with the Dream 5-3 ATS in that stretch. The ‘over’ is also 5-3.
The Liberty are playing the front end of a back-to-back with Saturday’s road trip to Washington looming ahead. Atlanta will have one night off while returning home for Sunday’s inter-conference matchup with the San Antonio Silver Stars.