June 19, 2019 Atlanta - Atlanta Dream forward Monique Billings (center) and teammates celebrate their victory over the Indiana Fever during WNBA basketball game at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Atlanta Dream won 88-78 over the Indiana Fever. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Atlanta Dream looks to three home games for momentum

After losing two on the road, the Atlanta Dream return home for three consecutive games, looking for their first win at State Farm Arena since June 19. The Dream went into their road stretch in a three-game losing streak, adding a fourth in Minnesota before winning their first road game of the season in Seattle. 

The Dream, who sit at the bottom of the WNBA standings, are 3-10 this season as they near the midway point. They will need to capitalize on their home-court advantage this week to gain momentum in the rankings if they want a shot at a postseason appearance.

“You can only say for so long, ‘The next game we’re gonna get it going,’ ” Dream coach Nicki Collen said at practice Tuesday before the first game, a day game Wednesday morning against the Connecticut Sun. 

The Sun have bested the Dream in both meetings this season, outhustling the Dream in second-chance and fast-break points both games.

Collen said the Dream will need to focus on transition defense, particularly guarding the Sun’s Alyssa Thomas, the powerhouse of Connecticut’s fast break.

The Dream and Sun were evenly matched off the glass and in the paint, with the Dream coming out on top by a combined 10 points. On Wednesday, defensive rebounds will be key for the Dream if they hope to win and move toward playoff contention.

The Dream will host the Minnesota Lynx at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and two days later, play the Las Vegas Aces at 3 p.m Sunday.

Atlanta Dream schedule

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