The Atlanta Dream continue their road trip on Saturday with a stop in Seattle to take on the Storm. Atlanta is looking for a season sweep of the Storm having defeated them in their previous meeting 70-53 in Atlanta. The task won't be easy as the Storm are one of the league's best teams at home. Seattle is just 4-9 on the road this season but has sterling 9-1 record at home in front of its fans.
There are playoff implications for both teams as they enter the home stretch of the WNBA season. Atlanta is currently 10-12 on the season and holds a one game lead over Chicago for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East. Seattle is currently 13-10 and in a tie with the Phoenix Mercury for the third seed in the West and just a half game behind San Antonio for second.
Seattle remains without the services of the reigning WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson who is out with a hip injury. Sue Bird has stepped up in Jackson's absence leading the Storm in scoring at 15 points per game to go along with 4.8 assists. Bird struggled in the previous meeting with Atlanta scoring just two points while committing six turnovers. Turning the ball over has been a problem for the Storm this season and they turned it over 29 times in the loss to the Dream earlier this month.
Atlanta is coming off of a 109-95 loss to Phoenix on Thursday to begin a three game Western trip that will conclude on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Angel McCoughtry scored 25 points in the loss to the Mercury and is currently second in the WNBA in scoring with a 20.1 per game average. The Dream will need another great effort from McCoughtry and will need to once again capitalize on turnovers if they hope to pull out a victory in Seattle.
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