Atlanta Dream Schedule Preview: : July 3 - July 8

Entering Week 7 of the WNBA season, the Atlanta Dream will have reached the mid season point of their schedule. They play just two games this week both of which are at home.

The Atlanta Dream have wrapped up Week 6 of the WNBA season and went 1-2 this past week. They lost against both the Sky and the Lynx and had to hold on for a win against the Fever. The Dream have also now played 10 road games and are 4-6 on the road. Before we get into this week's home schedule, let's take a quick look back at the three games played last week in a brief game recap.

Atlanta at Chicago - Game Recap

Entering this game, the Dream had previously won against the Sky earlier this season. The Sky had been struggling so this was supposed to be an easy win for the Dream. That did not happen. This was an early camp day game and it showed for the Dream. After jumping out to lead the first quarter by a score of 21-14, the Dream's offense slowed down a bit but the Dream still led by eight at the half. The second half, however, was a different story. The Sky ramped up their defense and rookie Diamond DeShields was unstoppable as she finished with a double-double with 23 pts/11 rebs. Atlanta had no answer and the Sky pulled away to even the season series at one game apiece. Atlanta was led by Renee Montgomery's 19 points. This was a bad loss for the Dream as their defense was not up to par and the Sky took advantage of that.

Atlanta at Minnesota - Game Recap

After a bad road loss in Chicago, the Dream headed to Minnesota where the Lynx were rolling after starting the season with a 3-6 record. The Dream did, however, manage to win a game against the Lynx earlier this season and so the Dream were looking to go 2-0 against the Lynx. Just like in Chicago, that did not happen. The Dream were competitive with the Lynx in the first half and were only down by three by a score of 39-36. The second half, the Lynx were too much for the Dream and they pulled away for an 85-74 win. The Dream were led by Imani McGee-Stafford who had 15 pts and 5 rebounds. She started in place for Elizabeth Williams who was not with the team because she was attending her sister's wedding. The Dream and the Lynx have split the season series so far, tied at one game apiece.

Atlanta at Indiana - Game Recap

The Dream had just lost to Chicago and Minnesota in which they struggled in the second half in both games. This was the last game of their three-game road trip. It was crucial that Atlanta got a win and they managed to do just that. It was not pretty, but they got the job done. Atlanta led after the first quarter by a score of 30-22 and maintained the lead at the half. Just like in their previous two road games, the second half was difficult. The Fever made their run in the third and fourth quarters thanks in large part to rookie Victoria Vivians who scored 21 points off her career high of 27 in the second half. The Dream were able to hold them off when Tiffany Hayes hit a driving layup shot with about 30 seconds left that sealed the win and ended their three-game road trip with a 1-2 record. Atlanta is now 2-0 against the Fever.

After a road-heavy schedule through six weeks, the Dream finally get a break this week as they just have two games to play. Both are at home but are against the top 2 teams in the WNBA. The Dream will be tested this week as they face the Storm and Mercury to see how they stack up against the top teams.

Seattle at Atlanta - Friday, July 6th

Tip-off: 7 pm EST

TV: Fox Sports Southeast-Atlanta, WNBA League Pass

The Dream are 8-8 through six weeks of play and are finally at home this weekend. They get a chance to relax before heading into the face the second best team in the WNBA right now in the Seattle Storm. The Storm are 12-5 at the midway point of their schedule and have looked really good this season. They are led by Breanna Stewart who is the MVP favorite right now, star guard Jewell Loyd and steady point guard in Sue Bird. The Dream have already won against the Storm earlier this season as it was a physical, grind it out game which went in the Dream's favor. This time around, the Dream will to figure out how to slow down both Stewart and Natasha Howard who is having an All-Star season. They will need to defend and figure out how to fix their second-half issues which is something they have struggled as of late. Elizabeth Williams will be key in this game as well as the likes of Jessica Breland and Imani McGee-Stafford to help defend Seattle's post players. Now that both Tiffany Hayes and Brittney Sykes are back, both players will need to step up in order for the Dream to get a big win.

Phoenix at Atlanta - Sunday, July 8th

Tip-off: 3:00 pm EST

TV: Fox Sports Southeast-Atlanta, Fox Sports Arizona Plus, WNBA League Pass

After facing the Storm at home on Friday night, the Dream are going to welcome the #1 team in the WNBA, the Phoenix Mercury to Atlanta. This is going to be a tough game for the Dream as they will have to try to defend against one of the best centers in the WNBA, Brittney Griner, one of the best shooting guards in the WNBA, Diana Taurasi and one of the best starters in Dewanna Bonner. This will be a measuring stick game to see how the Dream can stack up against the likes of the top teams in the league. The Phoenix Mercury won the first game in Atlanta and the Dream will be looking to tie the season series at one game apiece. Since this going to be a tough game for Atlanta's posts, Atlanta Dream star Angel McCoughtry is going to be looked upon to lead for the Dream to win this game. Brittney Sykes and Tiffany Hayes will have to slow down Diana Taurasi and be effective offensively as well. The Dream are also going to need someone from their bench to play well because stopping the Mercury will require an x-factor.

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