The Atlanta Dream have been one of the WNBA's best home teams this season and that will get put to the test Tuesday night when they host the Connecticut Sun at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion. Tuesday's matchup will be the first of three straight home games for the Dream at Georgia Tech. Atlanta has gone 8-2 at home this season but lost in Connecticut in the only meeting between the two teams this season.
Atlanta has played well since that loss and sports a 12-5 record and four game lead over the Sun in the Eastern Conference Standings. The Dream have shown that they can win games in a variety of ways. They possess one of the stingiest defenses in the league which goes well with their high powered offense that is led by Angel McCoughtry. When their offense has bogged down, they have shown the ability to grind out games defensively and in the paint where Erika de Souza is having one of the best seasons of her career so far.
The Dream comes into Tuesday's game having most recently defeated the Washington Mystics on Saturday. That win was their eighth in their last ten games and they enter play on Tuesday as the only team in the East with a better than .500 record.
Still all five of Atlanta's losses have come within the East and the Sun did a good job of derailing their offense in the previous meeting. McCoughtry was slowed by back injury in that matchup and finished with just seven points on 2-14 shooting. Renee Montgomery and Chiney Ogwumike scored 18 points each to pace the Sun. Atlanta shot just 36 percent in the loss and turned the ball over 18 times.
Atlanta's offense has struggled of late particularly from three-point range where they are just 5-37 over their past two games. They have been able to make up for that by pounding teams in the paint where they have outscored their opponents 84-54 over their last two games.
Tuesday's game is set for a 7 p.m. tip off and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 7 p.m.
Location: McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, Georgia
Live Streaming: None