Atlanta Dream Schedule Preview: June 19th to June 24th

After a hectic week in which the Dream went 1-2, they can regroup to prepare themselves for two games, one on the road and one at home.

The Atlanta Dream were rolling last week but this week, it came to a halt as they lost to the Los Angeles Sparks on the road and split the home and home series with the Indiana Fever. With their current record of 7-4, they enter Week 5 with two games, one on the road against the New York Liberty and one at home against the Connecticut Sun.

Before we get into this week's game previews, let's take a look back at the Dream's performance from last week in the very brief game recaps.

Atlanta at Los Angeles - Game Recap

Entering this game, Atlanta had a very successful West coast trip and were looking to beat one of the top teams in the WNBA, the Los Angeles Sparks. It did not go over very well as Atlanta was tired and it showed in the game. This game also ended the Dream's three-game winning streak. Atlanta shot just under 38.5% for the game and just a measly 16.7%(!!) from three. The Sparks led 43-32 at half and never let the game get any closer despite what the final score said. The Dream went to their bench early in this game and they did an admirable job and could have won the game because they played great defense but the Sparks were able to hold them off and grab a win. Angel McCoughtry struggled mightily in this game and shot just 3/14 from the floor. There's not much else to say about this game, except that the Dream did not have the energy to compete with the Sparks and the Sparks did just enough to win.

Indiana at Atlanta - Game Recap

With Atlanta's west coast trip over, the Dream headed back to the Atlanta to play in the annual Kid's Day game against the struggling Indiana Fever who were winless to start the season. It was an early tip-off time (11:30 am EST) and the Dream who were jet-lagged struggled in this game. For the second straight game, Atlanta struggled to shoot the ball well yet managed to win this game thanks to former starting guard Layshia Clarendon. Clarendon, who comes off the bench now, had a big fourth quarter and scored nine points in the fourth to seal the victory. Atlanta took control and the Fever could not score thanks to the defense by the Dream. The Dream held on to the victory by the skin of their teeth thanks to the FT line in which Hayes went 11-15 while McCoughtry (8-8) and Clarendon (4-4) were perfect.

Atlanta at Indiana - Game Recap

The Dream only had a half day at home before they traveled on the road again, this time to Indiana. Atlanta was road weary in this game and lost Tiffany Hayes to injury during the game. They let the winless Indiana Fever win their first game of the 2018 season and it was not a close victory as they lost by 32 points. This is one of those games that the Dream must quickly forget as most of the damage was done in the second half. Atlanta led by three at the half before Indiana exploded with a 36 point third quarter and held on from there. It was another blow out loss but this one came at a low point for the Dream as the schedule caught up to them.

With the 1-2 week the Dream had in Week 4, the Dream must regroup and get ready to play twice this week against fellow Eastern Conference opponents in the Liberty and the Sun. Both teams the Dream are facing are reeling after losing games this week.

Atlanta at New York - Tuesday, June 19th

Tip-off: 7:00 pm EST

TV: MSG+, WNBA League Pass

After a rough week, the Dream will be looking to start fresh on the road against the New York Liberty. The Liberty are also coming into this game with a losing streak and so both teams will be hungry for a win. The Dream also may be without their most important player in Tiffany Hayes, as she was injured in the game against the Indiana Fever. The Dream can win this game if Elizabeth Williams and Jessica Breland defend Tina Charles well and they take care of New York's guards such as Epiphanny Prince, Shavonte Zellous and Sugar Rodgers. If they can do that and shoot the ball well, they can steal a win in New York. Angel McCoughtry will need to step up as well as Renee Montgomery.

Connecticut at Atlanta - Friday, June 22nd

Tip-off: 7:00 pm EST

TV: Fox Sports South East (Atlanta), NBC Sports Boston, WNBA League Pass

After travelling to New York, the Dream finally get a few days of rest as they face the Connecticut Sun at home on Friday night. The Dream have already defeated the Sun once this season, but it may be tougher this time around. Although the Sun are coming off a losing streak and are dealing with some injury concerns with Alyssa Thomas, that does not make it any easier. The Dream still have to defend against Connecticut's bigs in Chiney Oguwmike and Jonquel Jones. They also need to defend against Connecticut's guards such as Jasmine Thomas and Courtney Williams. With Hayes injury status still a concern, the Dream must attack the paint and get Connecticut in foul trouble. They will need to dictate the pace otherwise the Sun will control the game. Atlanta's bench also needs to step up and Layshia Clarendon needs to be a factor in this game.

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