Atlanta Dream Schedule Preview: July 17 - 22

The Atlanta Dream are on a roll as they have won four straight games. Can they keep it going this week?

The Atlanta Dream have finally turned their season around after hovering around the .500 mark or lower during the first half of the season. They have picked up their offense and now look much better than they did a couple of weeks ago. Let's take a look back at the impressive 3 game week in which the Dream went 3-0 in very brief game recaps.

Atlanta at Washington Game Recap

The Atlanta Dream were coming off an impressive home victory against the Mercury and continued the momentum in this game as they blew out the Mystics on the road. They had seven players score in double figures and the Dream scored over 106 points, the most they have scored this season. This was the first meeting between these two teams and the Dream easily won in a kids camp day game. Jessica Breland had a double-double, the Dream shot 60% from the floor, and were 11-18 (!!) from three. This was easily the most impressive road win for the Dream this season.

Indiana at Atlanta Game Recap

After an easy road win over the Washington Mystics, the Dream traveled home to face the Indiana Fever. This was the fourth and final meeting between these two teams. The Dream led the season series 2-1 and were looking to close it out with a win. They did just that and cruised to their third straight win, and their second straight blowout win. The Dream had seven players score in double figures and shot 56% from the floor. They won the season series over the Fever 3-1. The Dream were led by Brittney Sykes and Elizabeth Williams, who each had 14 points.

Indiana at Washington Game Recap

Two easy blowout wins for the Dream and they looked to keep it going against the Washington Mystics. They previously just met four days ago in Washington in which the Dream won easily. This time around, it was a lot tougher. The Mystics started out hot and led 22-10 before the Dream turned things around with their defense. They were able to gain ground and led the Mystics by one at halftime. In the third quarter, Atlanta started to build a lead, but the Mystics kept fighting and stayed close throughout. In the fourth quarter, much of it was the same as the Dream could not shake off the Mystics and the Dream were able to hold them off during the last seconds of the game. This game could have gone either way as the Mystics had multiple chances to win. However, the Dream were able to take advantage of it and won their fourth straight game. They also won the season series against the Mystics 2-0. Atlanta improved to 7-3 at home and 12-9 overall on the season.

Entering Week 9 of the WNBA season, the Dream are looking to keep their win streak going as they go on the road to Connecticut and face the New York Liberty and the #1 team in the WNBA, the Seattle Storm at home.

July 17th - Atlanta Dream @ Connecticut Sun

Tip-off: 7:00 pm EST
TV: NBC Sports Boston, WNBA League Pass

After four straight wins, the Dream travel to Connecticut to take on the Sun for the third and final time this season. The Dream have already won the season series against the Sun and can sweep the series with a win. But, in order to do that, they will have to take on a Sun team that is looking much better than they did two weeks ago. The Sun are also coming off a huge road win in Minnesota and will be looking to continue the momentum forward. This is also the first game for both Alex Bentley and Layshia Clarendon to face off after being traded for each other over a week ago. This game should be a very highly contested game, as there are many story lines to follow after WNBAInsidr reported that Alex Bentley and Courtney Williams were in a fist fight, which resulted in Alex Bentley being traded. Nicki Collen returns to Connecticut after previously being an assistant coach for the Sun. This game will have some drama and the Dream have to be prepared and ready to defend against the likes of Chiney Ogwumike, Alyssa Thomas, and Courtney Williams. If they can do that, they will have earned their fifth straight win.

July 19th - New York Liberty @ Atlanta Dream

Tip-off: 7:00 pm EST
TV: ESPN3, MSG+, WNBA League Pass

After traveling to Connecticut, the Atlanta Dream head home for a pair of weekend home games. The first of which is against the New York Liberty. The Liberty have been one of the disappointing teams of the 2018 season and are currently in tenth place in the standings. Things have not gone their way and although they have just won two straight games this week, it will still be a tough climb just to get back into the playoff picture. The Dream must be wary that this could potentially be a trap game. If the Dream do not treat the Liberty as a threat, the Liberty could steal a road win. This is the second meeting in the series in which the Liberty are 1-0. The Dream can avenge their road loss from June if they can defend Tina Charles and keep their guards (Shavonte Zellous, Epiphanny Prince, Sugar Rodgers) in check. If they do that, they will have tied the season series and will have won their sixth straight win.

July 22nd - Seattle Storm @ Atlanta Dream

Tip-off: 3:00 pm EST/12 pm PST
TV: NBA TV, Fox Sports Southeast - Atlanta, WNBA League Pass

The second matchup of the weekend will be on Sunday night as the #1 team in the WNBA, the Seattle Storm, come to visit. This is the third and final meeting in the series. The season series is tied at one game apiece and a win will give either team the tiebreaker. This is the hardest matchup of the week for the Dream because the Storm have been on a roll. They are efficient offensively, led by MVP front-runner Breanna Stewart and steady point guard Sue Bird. This game will test the Atlanta defense as both Jessica Breland and Elizabeth Williams will have their hands full in guarding Stewart. This is going to be the game to test whether or not Atlanta is a top four team. The Storm are an elite team with capable scorers in Jewell Loyd and Natasha Howard, so if the Dream can get contributions from their bench, it will help as it will take the pressure off of Tiffany Hayes and Angel McCoughtry. If the Dream can defend well and score the ball at a high rate, this will be the most impressive win of this week.

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