Atlanta Dream vs LA Sparks Preview and Prediction for June 16 | 2024 WNBA Regular Season

Atlanta Dream v Los Angeles Sparks
Atlanta Dream vs LA Sparks Preview and Prediction for June 16 | 2024 WNBA Regular Season

The Atlanta Dream return to familiar territory on Sunday afternoon as they host the Los Angeles Sparks in a battle between two teams looking to get back on track. The Dream (5-6) are coming off a close loss to the Indiana Fever, while the Sparks (4-9) are mired in a seven-game road trip with just one victory to show for it.

The Atlanta Dream finished the 2023 WNBA season with a record of 19-21 and are aiming to achieve a winning record this campaign, while the LA Sparks finished the 2023 season with a record of 17-23.

Atlanta Dream vs. LA Sparks game details and odds

The Atlanta Dream vs. LA Sparks WNBA game is scheduled for tip-off at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 16, 2024, at Gateway Center Arena. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and Peachtree TV, and it will also be available on streaming services like Fubo TV. The matchup will not be streamed on WNBA League Pass and will be available only on demand after the game concludes.

Moneyline: Atlanta Dream (-198) vs LA Sparks (+180)

Spread: Atlanta Dream (-4.5) vs LA Sparks (+4.5)

TOTAL (O/U): Atlanta Dream (o159.5-110) vs LA Sparks (u159.5-110)

Note: Odds could change close to the game.

Dreams vs. Sparks Preview

The Dream has surprised this season, thanks to Rhyne Howard, who is the second-leading rookie in the league in scoring, averaging 16.2 points per game. Howard has made her mark as both a slasher who gets to the basket and a three-point shooter. Forward Tina Charles is a double-double threat in every game, averaging a solid 12.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game this season.

The Sparks have been a disappointment in the WNBA so far as the squad relies heavily on All-Star Dearica Hamby (19.7 points, 11.4 rebounds) and the No. 2 pick in the draft, Cameron Brink. However, the team has been unable to find a consistent offensive groove.

Dream vs. Sparks injury reports and starting lineups

Jordin Canada of the Dream will miss Sunday's game against the Sparks due to a hand injury, reports Meghan L. Hall of USA Today.

The Dreams starting lineup is likely to be:

  • F: Nia Coffey
  • C: Tina Charles
  • G: Allisha Gray
  • G: Rhyne Howard
  • G: Haley Jones

For the Sparks, Azura Stevens is still out after injuring her left arm at the end of March while playing in China during the offseason.

The Sparks starting lineup is likely to be:

  • F: Cameron Brink
  • G: Layshia Clarendon
  • G: Rickea Jackson
  • F: Dearica Hamby
  • G: Kia Nurse

Dream vs. Sparks prediction

The Dream has not exactly been a juggernaut on the scoreboard, but with the Sparks struggling to shoot well on the road, the game could go either way. Nevertheless, the prediction is leaning towards Atlanta.

Expect Rhyne Howard and Tina Charles to set the tone for the Dream, and for Dearica Hamby to be the main source of scoring for the Sparks. It might come down to which team plays better defense and can score more points off turnovers.

Edited by Garima
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