Atlanta Dream Schedule Preview: June 26th to July 1st

The Atlanta Dream enter Week 6 of the WNBA season after going 1-1 in the previous week. They play three games this week, all on the road.

The Atlanta Dream are 7-6 at the end of Week 5, and in entering Week 6 of competition, they go on the road again, in a three-game road trip. They face the Chicago Sky, the Minnesota Lynx, and the Indiana Fever.

Last week, they lost to the New York Liberty on the road and ended their two-game week with a win over the Connecticut Sun at home. Before we get into the preview for this week's slate of games, let's briefly recap last week's games.

New York at Atlanta - Game Recap

Entering this game, the Dream had come off an embarrassing road loss to the Indiana Fever. They needed to respond against New York. It did not happen, despite Angel McCoughtry's stellar game of 39 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. The Dream were still without Tiffany Hayes and Brittney Sykes who were out with injuries. In a recurring theme for the Dream, they started the game off slowly and were down after one quarter by a score of 17-6. It did not get any better for the Dream as they trailed by ten at halftime. In the third quarter, Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta defense made the game close and New York's lead was down to one heading into the fourth quarter. However, it was short-lived as New York kept finding ways to score the basketball and managed to hold on despite Atlanta making it a close game near the end of the fourth quarter. Atlanta's shooting is what held them back from winning in Westchester (New York).

Connecticut at Atlanta - Game Recap

The Atlanta Dream faced the Connecticut Sun in their second meeting of the season. The Dream won the last game and it was no different this time around. Coming into this game, the Dream had lost to the Indiana Fever and the New York Liberty on the road and were looking to get back on track. Brittney Sykes returned in this game after missing the previous 5 games with an injury. The Dream started off the game slowly and were trailing at halftime by a score of 37-29. Angel had 15 first-half points. The Dream were down by twelve late in the third quarter when they started their comeback. They only trailed by five heading into the fourth quarter. Atlanta took the lead halfway through the fourth quarter thanks to rookie Monique Billings who scored timely baskets and the Dream had a 20-0 run in the fourth with Connecticut not being able to score for seven and a half minutes. It was all due to Atlanta's stifling defense. Atlanta then held on to win the game. Brittney Sykes finished with 13 points and it was much needed as Atlanta broke it's two-game losing streak. This was a very good win for the Dream and they are now 2-0 against the Sun.

This week's schedule preview features three road games for the Dream who have a road record of 3-4 and by the end of next week, they will have played 10 road games. The Dream need to finish the month of June on a high note, and will look to do so in this upcoming three-game road trip.

Atlanta at Chicago - Wednesday, June 27th

Tip-off: 12 pm EST

TV: WNBA League Pass

The Atlanta Dream and the Chicago Sky are facing off for the third time this season. The Dream are already 2-0 versus the Sky so far this season. The Dream are coming off from a home win against Connecticut and are looking to build momentum. This should be an easy win for the Dream as the Sky have not matched up well with the Dream and both games played previously against the Sky have been easy wins. The Sky are struggling right now, but the Dream still need to play well as it as an early camp day game and anything can happen. The Dream will most likely be without Tiffany Hayes for this game, but they do get Brittney Sykes for this one. Sykes finished with 13 points and went to the free throw 11 times in the win against Connecticut. Atlanta's defense (especially the post defense) has been stellar so far and one of the reasons why they have been able to come back and win games when they have struggled to shoot the ball. The Dream do need to be wary of the fact that the Sky, despite their current record, can still be a tough battle. If the Dream's defense shows up, Atlanta can win their second straight game.

Atlanta at Minnesota - Friday, June 29th

Tip-off: 7:00 pm local time, 8 pm EST

TV: NBATV, Fox Sports GO, WNBA League Pass

The Dream travel to Minnesota and will be facing a much different version of the Minnesota Lynx they saw in Atlanta in late May. The Lynx have looked every bit of the defending champions in their recent visits and this will be a much harder win to get than last time. The Dream won the first matchup but they will need to step up their game in this one. The Lynx will be hungry and the Dream are going to need to shoot the ball well and get contributions from everyone, including the bench. They also will most likely miss Tiffany Hayes in this game, but Layshia Clarendon and Brittney Sykes will need to bring it. This will also be the homecoming for Dream guard Renee Montgomery who played with the Minnesota Lynx for a number of years. It will be an emotional visit for her and the rest of the Lynx, so the Dream needs to be aware of it. Angel McCoughtry is going to get her points, but if the Dream can have one of their best shooting nights, and slow down Sylvia Fowles, they will walk out of Target Center with a nice road win.

Atlanta at Indiana - Sunday, July 1st

Tip-off: 5:00 pm EST

TV: WYINDY-TV, WNBA League Pass

The Dream finishes their three-game road trip in Indianapolis. Last time this two teams met, the Fever walked away with a huge home win in which the Dream were embarrassed. They also handed the Fever their first win. The season series is split at one game apiece and the Dream will have revenge on their minds entering this game. If Tiffany Hayes is available for this game, then the Dream will be able to play off of her to win this game. If not, then Angel McCoughtry and Renee Montgomery will need to set the example as the Dream do not want to lose twice to the Indiana Fever. This is a very winnable game for the Dream should they focus and not let it be a trap game, as it is the last game on their road trip and they will be tired. If Layshia Clarendon and the rest of the bench players step up and provide the boost, then Atlanta can easily win this game. Atlanta's guards will also need to slow down Kelsey Mitchell and keep the rest of Indiana's guards in check. If the Dream wins this game, it will be a nice ending to their road trip.

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