WNBA Betting Preview: Atlanta Dream
Continued coverage on Helmut Sports' 2010 WNBA Team-by-Team Betting Preview. Every day will feature three team capsules as we prepare you for the start of the season. These previews can be found exclusively at sportsmemo.com.
2009: 18-16 SU, 20-12-1 ATS, 21-12 O/U
Key Additions: Kelly Miller, Yelena Leuchanka
Key Losses: Michelle Snow, Jennifer Lacy, Ivory Latta
Atlanta is still a young franchise, but the turnaround of success between 2008 and 2009 remarkable. After winning only four games in 2008, the Dream’s sophomore effort churned out a record of 18-16, good a third place finish in the Eastern Conference and a playoff berth. Despite losing to Detroit 2-0, this year’s roster remains essentially unchanged.
One of the major issues I see with this team is the lack of production from the guard positions. Shalee Lehning played the quarterback role but was basically left unguarded because she couldn’t score (3.0 ppg) or shoot (20% 3-point). Unfortunately, the Dream didn’t do much to address the issue. They signed Kelly Miller who has a little more offensive punch to her game but while in Minnesota, Miller had her job snagged from her midseason by rookie Renee Montgomery. I also expect both Lehning and Armite Price to have some as neither player competed overseas this winter due to offseason injuries. Atlanta’s depth along the front line took a little hit when Michelle Snow was traded to San Antonio and Chamique Holdsclaw is coming off yet another knee surgery this season.
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