Last season, the Washington Mystics and Atlanta Dream had the worst records in the WNBA. The Mystics were 10-24, the expansion Dream 4-30.
Washington enlivened themselves with a front office makeover, while rookie forward Marissa Coleman was their best three-point shooter during their 3-0 start (in which they made the under three times).
Coleman, however, is out for 4-6 weeks with an ankle sprain.
Atlanta turned over seven of 11 roster spots, resulting in three newcomers leading the Dream in scoring and toward a 2-2 record.
When the Dream cover the spread, they win the rebounding battle — against Washington, it ought to be very close. Atlanta’s opponents gather 31 rebounds per game, Washington’s opponents grab 30. Erika DeSouza, a returnee from 2008, leads the Dream in rebounding, but was below her average in Atlanta’s first meeting with Washington while fouling out.
In the two games the Dream lost to the spread, their reserves outscored their starters.=