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Dallas Wings vs. Atlanta Dream Pick & Prediction JULY 30th 2022

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The Atlanta Dream look to end a three-game losing streak and improve their chances at a postseason spot on Saturday when they host the struggling Dallas Wings at College Park, Ga.

Dallas (12-16) and Atlanta (12-17) are among six teams battling for the final three spots in the WNBA playoffs. Both clubs head into their clash after sustaining losses at home on Thursday: The Wings fell to the Washington Mystics 87-77, while the Dream dropped a 92-85 decision to the Minnesota Lynx.

The Dream's Tiffany Hayes scored 24 points, rookie Rhyne Howard added 18 and Cheyenne Parker contributed 16 in the loss to the Lynx. Atlanta trailed by 20 points after three quarters before outscoring Minnesota by 13 in the fourth.

"Not happy with our effort today," Dream coach Tanisha Wright said after Thursday's loss. "Just didn't compete today, which I take very personal because our team is based on having to be a team that competes every single night. Tonight, they did not -- that's why I'm frustrated with them."

The Dream have won the first two games of the season from Dallas, posting a 66-59 road victory on May 7 and an 80-75 decision at home on June 21.

Dallas has dropped three of its past four games, with its lone win in that stretch at Indiana -- the only team that's officially eliminated from the playoff race. The Wings were also down by 20 at the break in their loss Thursday after scoring just 36 points in the first half.

"Our three words tonight were energy, effort and focus," Wings coach Vickie Johnson said after the loss on Thursday. "I didn't feel like we came ready to play."

Teaira McCowan poured in a career-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds (seven of those on the offensive end) for Dallas.

Arike Ogunbowale added 19 points and Allisha Gray had for 12 for the Wings. Dallas was just 16 of 27 (59.3 percent) from the free throw line.

--Field Level Media
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Monique Billings scored a career-high 30 points for the hot-shooting Atlanta Dream in a 105-95 victory against the Dallas Wings in the season opener for both teams Sunday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Billings, a forward, made 10 of 14 shots from the field and went 10-for-12 at the foul line while pulling in a game-high 13 rebounds. Teammate Elizabeth Williams made all seven of her attempts from the floor on the way to 17 points.

Betnijah Laney's 19 and Chennedy Carter's 18 points were also boosts for the Dream, who scored the game's last eight points. Shekinna Stricklen, buoyed by four 3-point baskets, racked up 16 points.

Atlanta made 30 of 34 free throws.

Billings, a third-year pro, had a previous career-high total of 16 points in a game last July. She also had a game-high two blocked shots in Sunday's game.

Arike Ogunbowale and Allisha Gray scored 19 points apiece for the Wings, who also received 18 points and 10 rebounds from Isabelle Harrison. Tyasha Harris had 13 points and Satou Sabally supplied 11 points.

The Wings relied on perimeter scoring, hitting 13 of 28 shots from 3-point range. However, they missed their final five shots, including four from 3-point range.

Dallas reserves held a 35-5 scoring edge but it wasn't enough.

Atlanta had difficulty pulling away.

The Dream appeared to regain control with five straight points midway through the fourth quarter, building a 93-81 edge. The Wings responded with six points in a 25-second span, resulting in an Atlanta timeout with 3:14 left.

Dallas was within 97-95 before Atlanta's Williams scored from the lane with 1:25 to go. Billings then sank two free throws with 47 seconds to play to expand the margin.

The Dream shot 63.6 percent (21-for-33) in the first half yet led only 53-49 at the break.

Gray and Harris, both reserves, both had 11 points in the first half for Dallas.

--Field Level Media
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