Atlanta Dream Schedule Preview: June 12 to June 17th

The Atlanta Dream went an impressive 3-0 this week with wins over top teams such as Connecticut and Seattle and a win against the new team, the Las Vegas Aces.

The Atlanta Dream had it's best week of the season in Week 3. They took down undefeated Connecticut Sun, Las Vegas Aces and the red-hot Seattle Storm in Seattle. For a team trying to fit new pieces and a new head coach, this was impressive. Listed below are the quick game recaps from all three games. Week 4 of the Atlanta Dream game previews for this week are listed after the recaps.

Connecticut at Atlanta - Game Recap

Entering this game, Atlanta was struggling shooting the ball and needed a major confidence boost. This game against the #1 team in the league did just that. After trailing in the first quarter, Atlanta took control as Tiffany Hayes scored 16 first-half points en route to a 46-40 halftime score. In the second half, Damiris Dantas was Atlanta's x-factor as she helped the Dream stay ahead of the Sun. The Sun did come roaring back and it was only a one-point game heading into the fourth quarter. Both teams exchanged baskets in the fourth when the Dream took control and the Sun started to miss easy shots they usually make. Atlanta held on the rest of the way and this game proved that the Dream can play against the top teams in the league. They held Connecticut to just 37% FG shooting while Atlanta shot 44% from the field and 50% from the three-point line. Tiffany Hayes led the way for the Dream as she finished with 22 points, 7 rebs, and 4 assists.

Atlanta at Las Vegas - Game Recap

After earning a big victory over the Sun, the Dream traveled to Las Vegas to face the relocated team for the first time this season. The Dream had no problem earning this victory as Tiffany Hayes played a big role as well as superstar Angel McCoughtry. After only having a six-point lead at halftime, Atlanta pulled away and led by as many as 12 points. The Dream were able to maintain the lead and held on to win on the road. Tiffany Hayes was the leading scorer for the Dream as she finished with 24 points and Angel McCoughtry had 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. It was a complete effort by the top two Dream players. This game was also Las Vegas's camp day game.

Atlanta at Seattle - Game Recap

The Dream were now 2-0 and headed to Seattle to face one of the top 3 teams in the WNBA, the Seattle Storm. The Storm had just beaten Los Angeles Sparks in a blow out win and were looking strong so far. This was going to be a tough test for the Dream. They passed it as the Dream beat the Storm by three points and ended a remarkable week for them. This was one of those ugly games for both teams but the Dream were able to get the win. They led after the first quarter and had an eight-point lead at halftime. They extended their lead by eleven points heading into the fourth quarter. In the final quarter, the Seattle Storm who were battling foul calls and dealing with foul trouble from Storm superstar Breanna Stewart all night, fought back. The Storm took the lead with about two minutes left when Tiffany Hayes took over for the Dream. She scored three key baskets in the final minutes of the game and Seattle could not get any closer. They had a shot to tie the game, but it did not go in and the Dream survived and left Key Arena with a win. This was a really ugly game, in the sense that tempers flared due to the officiating. The Dream kept the Storm to just 33% FG shooting and 15% from the three-point line. This was a good win to end the week for the Dream and Tiffany Hayes once again led all Dream players with a game-high 23 points.

 With those three wins behind them, they now enter Week 4 with an overall record of 5-3 and are currently the #5th ranked team in the league. This week, they finish their current road trip out west with a stop in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. They then fly back to Atlanta to face the Indiana Fever in a home and home series. The home game against the Fever is a camp day game and then they go on the road to face the Fever on a back to back.

Atlanta at Los Angeles - Tuesday, June 12th

Tip-off: 7:30 pm local time, 10:30 pm EST

TV: Spectrum SportsNet, WNBA League Pass

The Atlanta Dream will end their current three-game road trip in Los Angeles. After a perfect 3-0 week, the Dream will look to keep it rolling against one of the top three teams in the Los Angeles Sparks. Tiffany Hayes, who averaged 23.0 points per game last week will look to keep it going against one of the top defenders in the league in Alana Beard. The Dream face another tough opponent in the Sparks and will need to keep the defensive intensity and effort against two of the top forwards in the league in Nneka Oguwmike and Candace Parker. Tiffany Hayes will also have to defend against one of the top point guards in the league in Chelsea Gray. This should be a fast-paced game in which the Dream are going to need another great shooting performance. Angel McCoughtry is going to need to deliver a strong game. Brittney Sykes who did not play in the last game against Seattle, might not play in this game as well. This game will be won by defense just like how they did in Seattle. This is the first meeting between the two teams.

Indiana at Atlanta - Friday, June 15th

Tip-off: 11:30 am local time

TV: Fox Sports South, WNBA League Pass

After finishing the road trip out west, the Atlanta Dream will be home for an early camp day game against the struggling Indiana Fever. The Dream will look to continue to win but need to be careful as the Fever have been close to getting a victory many times but often have fallen apart in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. The Dream will need to play with energy as the Fever will be anxious and ready to play. Tiffany Hayes will need to play stellar defense against Fever rookie star Kelsey Mitchell otherwise it will be a long afternoon. This should be an easy win for the Dream should they not look past this game. Angel McCoughtry will have a big impact, as there is no one on the Fever team who can stop her. This could turn out to be a trap game so the Dream need to be prepared for it and be in attack mode early and often.

Atlanta at Indiana - Saturday, June 16th

Tip-off: 7:00 pm local time

TV: WNDY TV, WNBA League Pass

After the early camp day game against the Fever, both the Dream and the Fever will travel to Indiana to take on the Fever on Saturday night. This will be the last game for both teams for this week. This may be kind of an ugly game, that will shift in Atlanta's favor. The Fever will be hungry for a win, so it will be much tougher for the Dream this time around. They are going to need the bench to play well and for Damiris Dantas to be a factor. If Brittney Sykes is healthy, they are also going to need her to impact this game. This is yet another winnable game for the Dream and they should take advantage of it as often as they can in a condensed schedule.

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