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Indiana Fever vs. Atlanta Dream Pick & Prediction SEP 14TH 2021

Complete Gateway Center Arena at College Park College Park
617Fever Indiana
618Dream Atlanta
OP
156.5
-2.5
CU
156o -110
-3.5 -110
ML
ML: 140
ML: -160
Partials
1 2
26 17
21 18
Score
78
85

There's quite a race going on for the final WNBA playoff spot.

The Indiana Fever and Atlanta Dream aren't part of it.

But when the teams meet Tuesday night in College Park, Georgia, for the final time this year, there will be motivation for them. There are chances to stop a losing streak for both teams and the winner just might avoid finishing with the league's worst record.

Both teams are coming off competitive road losses over the weekend. Atlanta (7-22) dropped an 82-74 decision to Washington on Friday night, and Indiana (6-23) fell 90-80 on Sunday night at Minnesota.

Dream interim coach Darius Taylor said the game came down to who made shots.



"They made nine threes and they got those second-chance points," he said. "We both got the same number of (offensive) boards, but they scored 16 points and we scored six. We got great looks.

"They made runs and we made runs. They're a hard team to guard because they take so many threes and they space you out. I liked our players' effort. They kept fighting and they never gave up."

Atlanta got 23 points from its All-Star, Courtney Williams, who made 11-of-18 shots. But the Dream simply didn't make a high enough percentage of its attempts, sinking just 32-of-78 for 41 percent.

Williams continues to lead Atlanta in all three major statistical categories, averaging 16.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.


Meanwhile, the Fever actually led streaking Minnesota by two points going into the fourth quarter and still led by a point with five minutes remaining before a 15-4 run down the stretch doomed them.

All five Indiana starters scored in double figures, led by Kelsey Mitchell's game-high 25 points. Teaira McCowan added 17 plus eight rebounds, but the Fever were outscored 21-4 at the foul line.

This is the rubber match of the teams' season series. Each won on the road, with Indiana notching a 79-68 victory on July 11.

--Field Level Media

Indiana Fever vs. Atlanta Dream

A dominant fourth quarter behind the duo of Courtney Williams and Chennedy Carter powered the Atlanta Dream past the Indiana Fever, 102-90, Tuesday in Bradenton, Fla.

The Dream (4-13) outscored the Fever in the final period 34-26 and pushed a lead that opened the quarter at four points to as many as 19.

The decisive run began with 6:14 remaining when Williams made a short jumper for two of her game-high-tying 22 points. Shekinna Strickland scored all six of her points off the bench with back-to-back 3-pointers on the ensuing Atlanta possessions.

That 7-0 burst provided the Dream with all the cushion they needed to cruise to their most lopsided win of the season, and highest point total since recording 105 points in the season opener against Dallas.

At 22 points apiece, Williams and Carter led a balanced Atlanta attack. Five members of the Dream scored in double figures, with Betnijah Laney and Elizabeth Williams posting 16 and 10 points.

Glory Johnson added 13 points off the bench and shot 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point line to lead Atlanta to a blistering 10-of-20 from deep as a team.

Another reserve, Blake Dietrick, scored seven points and dished five assists, second only to Carter's six. Laney and Courtney Williams finished with four assists apiece.

Indiana (5-12) did what it could to avoid a fifth consecutive loss, led by 20 points each from Kelsey Mitchell and Teaira McCowan. McCowan also grabbed seven rebounds off the bench.

However, shooting only 31-of-70 from the floor hamstrung Indiana's offense for long stretches. Atlanta capitalized on one such drought in the third quarter to pull ahead by 11 points, then slammed the door in the decisive fourth quarter.

Tiffany Mitchell scored 14 points for Indiana, while Natalie Achonwa added 10 points and nine rebounds.

--Field Level Media
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