The New York Liberty take on the Atlanta Dream on Thursday, June 30. The team will be hosting its eighth-annual PRIDE Night presented by Amtrak.
Liberty Finally finds their feet
The WNBA season still has a long way to go, but the Liberty have overcome a potentially devastating stretch to remain in contention for the fourth position in the Eastern Conference. It is too soon to predict their playoff chances. After playing the Connecticut Sun yesterday night (Wednesday) at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, the Liberty still have 19 regular-season games left, 11 of those on the road. For a game against the Atlanta Dream tomorrow night, they will be away from home once more.
Aari McDonald ready to shine in bright Atlanta Lights
Following Erica Wheeler’s absence due to a foot injury three games ago, McDonald was inserted into the Dream’s starting lineup, and the results have been spectacular. From 13 points and 4 assists in the first game to 20 points and 6 assists in the third, she has upped her scoring and assist totals in each of the three games. She started those three games, averaging 17.3 PPG, 5.0 APG, 3.3 RPG, 2.0 SPG, and 1.3 3PG in 38.7 MPG overall. Wheeler is anticipated to make a speedy recovery from his injury, but the Dream are a young club on the rise, led by top choice Rhyne Howard this year.
The Dream has lost their Dream
With the league’s strongest defense at the time, the Dream started the season with seven victories and four losses. Despite being an ineffective squad, they had the best tempo in the league at the time. Since then, their offensive has slightly improved, and they are more patient while executing plays, but their defense has steadily deteriorated, which has slowed their advancement.
New York Liberty vs. Atlanta Dream previous Game
In the last game between New York Liberty vs. Atlanta Dream, New York were able to beat Atlanta Dream quite easily with a final score of 99-78.
Performance Predictions New York Liberty vs. Atlanta Dream
Highest scorer: Stefanie Dolson: 24
Highest rebounder: Cheyenne Parker: 8
Top assists maker: Rhyne Howard: 7
Score Prediction: Liberty 79 Dream 74