The WNBA postseason has arrived. The 2022 WNBA playoff race got here right down to the ultimate day of the common season, with the Las Vegas Aces (26-10) clinching the No. 1 total seed and home-court benefit, and the New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury incomes the ultimate two postseason berths.
The defending champion Chicago Sky (26-10), which received a franchise-record 26 regular-season video games, are the No. 2 seed. The Sky host the Liberty to open the playoffs on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
Eight groups superior to the primary spherical, which for the primary time since 2015 consists of 4 best-of-three sequence to find out the semifinalists. For the previous six seasons, the highest two seeds robotically obtained byes into the semifinals, and single-elimination video games decided the primary two rounds. Within the new 2-1 format, the upper seed hosts the primary two video games of the opening spherical.
The semifinals, scheduled to open Aug. 28, and WNBA Finals each stay best-of-five sequence. Each rounds observe a 2-2-1 format, whereby the upper seed hosts Video games 1, 2 and 5 and the lower-seeded group will host Video games 3 and 4.
Las Vegas, underneath first-year head coach Becky Hammon, hosts Phoenix on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET, ESPN). The Aces A’ja Wilson, together with Breanna Stewart — whose Seattle Storm are the No. 4 seed — are thought of the MVP front-runners this season.
Here is all the data you want for every first-round matchup, together with information and series-by-series evaluation.
Sport 1: Phoenix at Las Vegas, Wednesday, Aug. 17 (10 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Sport 2: Phoenix at Las Vegas, Saturday, Aug. 20 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Sport 3*: Las Vegas at Phoenix, Tuesday, Aug. 23 (TBD)
Sport 1: New York at Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 17 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Sport 2: New York at Chicago, Saturday, Aug. 20 (Midday ET, ESPN)
Sport 3*: Chicago at New York, Tuesday, Aug. 23 (TBD)
Sport 1: Dallas at Connecticut, Thursday, Aug. 18 (8 p.m. ET, ESPNU/NBA TV)
Sport 2: Dallas at Connecticut, Sunday, Aug. 21 (midday ET, ABC)
Sport 3*: Connecticut at Dallas, Wednesday, Aug. 24 (TBD)
Sport 1: Washington at Seattle, Thursday, Aug. 18 (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Sport 2: Washington at Seattle, Sunday, Aug. 21 (4 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Sport 3*: Seattle at Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 24 (TBD)