Scouting Report: Lynx at Dream


Kyle Ratke
Web Editorial Associate

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Minnesota Lynx (18-6) at Atlanta Dream (13-9) 6 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

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Where to watch: WNBA LiveAccess, FOX Sports North Plus

Both teams are in a little bit of the same situation.

Atlanta lost four straight games from August 3 to August 14, but has won their last two games.

The Lynx had lost three straight games after winning 10 consecutive, but got back on the right track after beating New York on Sunday night. Minnesota hopes to get back on the correct trail and maybe start another winning streak going into the final stretch of the season.

Minnesota comes into the game leading the Los Angeles Sparks (18-7) by a half game for the top spot in the Western Conference. Atlanta is 2.5 games back from Chicago (17-8) for first place in the East.

Last time out

Minnesota is coming off of an 88-57 win over the New York Liberty (10-15) on Sunday night at the Target Center.

Small forward Maya Moore led the way with a season-high 28 points, to go along with five rebounds and three blocks. She shot 11-of-17 from the field and was 6-of-10 from the 3-point line.

Shooting guard Seimone Augustus and center Janel McCarville both registered 12 points, while rookie forward Rachel Jarry had a career-high 11 points.

The Lynx were able to cause 14 turnovers and limit New York to just 31.2 percent from the field.

Atlanta also registered a win on Sunday, beating the Washington Mystics (12-14) 76-58.

Guard Tiffany Hayes had a solid night off the bench, finishing with a game-high 23 points, while shooting 7-of-10 from the field. Guard Angel McCoughtry was the only other Dream player to score in the double-digits, but it didn't matter. Her 22 points were enough to get the Dream past the punchless Mystics. The Mystics shot just 34.3 percent from the field and no player scored more than 12 points.

The Lynx and Dream matched up back on July 9. On ESPN 2, the Lynx defeated Atlanta 94-72 behind 22 points from shooting guard Monica Wright, who was in the lineup for an injured Seimone Augustus (ankle). Point guard Lindsay Whalen added 20 points, while Moore added 19. Rebekkah Brunson added a double-double, finishing with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Minnesota shot 51.5 percent from the field and had 12 steals.

Atlanta was led by McCoughtry, who finished with 16 points, but it took 19 shots for her to get there. Erika de Souza had a solid night, finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Jasmine Thomas scored 11 points.

Atlanta shot 37.7 percent from the field, and had 18 turnovers.

Key matchup: McCoughtry vs. Augustus

The reason this is intriguing is because of the fact that Augustus didn't play in the first matchup.

The Lynx play more of a team defense, so McCoughtry could see a variety of defenders.

Both players are two of the best scorers in the league, but Augustus is the more accurate one. Augustus is averaging 16.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, while shooting 53.2 percent from the field. The only time she shot a better percentage was in 2009, when she only played six games.

McCoughtry is averaging 22.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game, but is shooting just 42.9 percent from the field.

Regardless, if one or both of these players get hot, it could be a pretty entertaining and high-scoring game.

Injury report

Atlanta center Sacho Lyttle (foot) is out indefinitely.

Lynx power forward Rebekkah Brunson, who played on Sunday after missing Friday's game, is probably with a knee injury. Guard Monica Wright (quad) is questionable.

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