There's only one WNBA game on the schedule for Tuesday, and it pits the Atlanta Dream at home to the Tulsa Shock. Which sports picks stand out most for this one?
It doesn't matter which sportsbook you use, whether it be Bookmaker or BetOnline; the Dream is favored by an even five points across the board, with the hosts hoping to earn their third consecutive victory when they do battle with the Shock.
No total had been released at time of writing, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of number we see as the opener. Tulsa is ranked second in the WNBA in scoring (80.0 points per game), whereas Atlanta is eighth (72.8 PPG) in that regard.
The Dream have recovered after a shaky start, reeling off two consecutive wins to move to 5-6 overall this season. They beat Washington 72-69 at home and then followed that up with a 72-64 home victory over Seattle two nights ago.
It wasn't the prettiest of performances from Atlanta against the Storm, but they still got the win and that's all that matters in the end. Angel McCoughtry set the tone once again, finishing with 23 points, four assists, three rebounds, two steals and a block in 32 minutes of action. Tiffany Hayes returned and had an impact despite an inefficient shooting night; she ended up with 12 points on 3-of-15 shooting (0-of-7 from three) to go with four rebounds, four assists and a steal. Sancho Lyttle chipped in with eight points, 15 boards, three steals, two assists and a block.
As you can see, the return of Hayes is going to be a big offensive boost for the Dream, who haven't been having that much success offensively so far this season. Getting another scorer is going to help take some pressure off McCoughtry, who has been doing a lot of heavy lifting; she's averaging 20.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG and 3.5 APG through the team's first 11 games of the season.
While a 8-4 record is nothing to scoff at, the Shock have hit a rough stretch lately, having lost three straight games. They've really done poorly defensively during this losing streak, and it reached a low point this past Friday in the team's 98-95 loss to the Sparks.
Tulsa shot 45.1 percent overall and a stellar 52.1 percent (11-of-21) from beyond the arc, but the Shock were awful on the other end of the floor and has particular trouble stoping Kristi Toliver, who dropped a career-high 43 points for LA. For Tulsa, Riquana Williams had 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Karima Christmas had 20 points and eight boards of her own.
This is a team that's already fought through quite a bit of adversity this season. Star player Skylar Diggins was lost for the season after nine games, while Odyssey Sims has made only three appearances due to a knee injury. Others have stepped up for Tulsa, and that will need to continue.
We've been impressed with what we've seen out of the Shock early on this season, and we think they have a good chance of hanging around and covering this spread at the very least. We wouldn't be surprised to see them notch the straight up win either.
Atlanta should only improve now that Hayes is back in the fold, but the Shock have been a force offensively and they're going to come out desperate in hopes of avoiding a fourth straight loss. Yes, they've been devasted by injuries, but they've still shown they can compete regardless.
With our WNBA picks, we're going to recommend backing Tulsa against the spread, and you may even want to sprinkle a little on the moneyline too. We like the Shock's chances tonight.
Pick: Tulsa Shock +5 at BetOnline