WNBA News, Notes & Lineups 8/12

Aug 12th 2023

Cooper BoniJohn Raudebaugh

Atlanta Dream at Los Angeles Sparks, 7:30pm ET

Dream Injury Report: None reported.

Dream Confirmed Lineup: Danielle Robinson, Allisha Gray, Rhyne Howard, Nia Coffey, Cheyenne Parker

Sparks Injury Report: Lexie Brown (illness), Chiney Ogwumike (foot), Nia Clouden (knee), Katie Lou Samuelson (maternity leave) are OUT.

Sparks Confirmed Lineup: Jordin Canada, Layshia Clarendon, Karlie Samuelson, Nneka Ogwumike, Azurá Stevens

The Dream's -1.1 Net Rating is the league's sixth-best and it's been made apparent that they are a middle-of-the-pack team. They have won just two out of 12 games against teams with winning records this season. Luckily for them, the Sparks are not one of those teams and Atlanta has beaten them twice. Over the last five games, Los Angeles' 40.9% field goal percentage has been the league's second-worst. Nneka Ogwumike has done everything possible to keep their playoff hopes alive as her 19.8 points per game are the sixth most of any player this season.

Connecticut Sun at Dallas Wings, 8pm ET

Sun Injury Report: DeWanna Bonner (back) is AVAILABLE. Bernadett Határ (health protocols), Brionna Jones (Achilles) are OUT.

Sun Confirmed Lineup: Natisha Hiedeman, Tiffany Hayes, Rebecca Allen, DeWanna Bonner, Alyssa Thomas

Wings Injury Report: Awak Kuier (ankle) is PROBABLE. Diamond DeShields (knee), Lou Lopez Senechal (knee) are OUT.

Wings Confirmed Lineup: Crystal Dangerfield, Arike Ogunbowale, Satou Sabally, Natasha Howard, Teaira McCowan

The Sun have won seven of their last 10 games and have had the league's best defensive rating (96.8) over that span. Alyssa Thomas has led the league in assists per game (8.6) in those outings. Connecticut will have their hands full against the Wings whose 105.0 offensive rating is the league's third-best. Since the All-Star break ended, Dallas' 45.9% field goal percentage has been the second-highest of any team. In that time, Arike Ogunbowale and Satou Sabally have combined to score 38.1 points per game.