Thursday, June 10, 2010
Who: The Atlanta Dream (7-2) take on the New York Liberty (3-4) in an Eastern Conference Game.
The Dream are led by Angel McCoughtry, who is scoring 21.6 points per game. Sancho Lyttle (14.3 ppg/10.0 rpg) is an All-Star post, and Iziane Castro Marques (14.9 ppg) will be playing on the Brazilian national team at the end of the season with Erika de Souza (11.8 ppg/9.8 rpg). Cappie Pondexter, a new acquisition by New York, leads the Liberty both in scoring (19.7 ppg) and assists (5.4 apg).
What: The second of four regular season games against the New York Liberty. On May 23rd, the Liberty lost at home 86-77 to the visiting Dream which was Atlanta's first ever win at Madison Square Garden.
Where: Madison Square Garden in New York City.
When: Tipoff is at at 7:30 pm Eastern time, Friday, June 11. The game will be available on WNBA Live Access.
Why: Once again, it's a battle between Atlanta at the top of the conference and the Eastern Conference's bottom-dweller. The last time that happened this year, it ended poorly for the Dream. The Dream ended the season last year 1-3 against the Liberty, but now they've won two straight against New York and have the conference's best road record at 5-1. The Dream have also had six days off.
Oddly enough, the last time the two teams played Cappie Pondexter had an above-average game, scoring 21 points in the loss. The Liberty won the first half of the game but the Dream won both quarters of the second half. Iziane Castro Marques caught on fire, scoring nine of her 13 points in the last six minutes of the game. Furthermore, the Liberty were flattened on the boards, outrebounded 38-25 over the course of the game. The Liberty are the best free-throw shooting team in the WNBA at 83 percent and the Dream are dead last at 66 percent but unless the Dream make a lot of fouls it won't help the Libs.
Atlanta is favored only by two points at covers.com. This might be a very interesting game if your computer will cooperate.