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WNBA 2022 Playoffs: Groups, Full Schedule, Start Times and Predictions

The venue for the 2022 WNBA playoffs has been set in what promises to be one of the most competitive title races the league has ever seen. Defending champions Chicago Sky, entering the playoffs with the No. 2 seed, will try to become the W’s first back-to-back championships since Lisa Leslie and the Los Angeles Sparks won back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002. The Sky has a roster with All-Star talent and championship experience, but with so many great teams vying for their glory, it won’t be easy.

The Las Vegas Aces won the final two games of the regular season to beat the Sky and Seattle Storm to become the first seed in the playoffs. The Aces are led by one of A’ja Wilson’s MVP frontrunners and also had a breakout season for dynamic shooting guard Kelsey Plum. Ace faces Phoenix Mercury in the first round.

The best first-round series is the 4-on-5 matchup between the Storm and Washington Mystics. Breanna Stewart, Wilson’s main MVP contender, is having another amazing season after missing the playoffs last year with an injury. The Mystics have finally brought superstar Elena Delle Donne back into the lineup and are trying to wrest back the magic from their 2019 championship run.

The format of the WNBA has changed a bit for the 2022 playoffs, which we explain below. Here’s the grouping, TV schedule and format for this season’s WNBA playoffs.

WNBA 2022 Playoff Brackets

  • 2022 WNBA Playoffs Format

    The WNBA has eliminated single-game playoffs and playoff byes this season. No reseeding for the playoffs. Conferences are also not considered for the playoffs.

  • The first round will be a “best-of-three” series, with the higher seeded team taking the first two games. The lower seeds will host the decisive third game.

    Semi-finals and finals will be decided in a 2-2-1 format by a “best-of-five” series.

  • 2022 WNBA Playoffs Schedule

    Do not. 1 Las Vegas Aces vs. No. 8 Phoenix Mercury: Game, Date, Time & TV

    Game 1:

    Phoenix at Las Vegas Garth, Wednesday, Aug. 17 (10pm ET, ESPN)

    Game 2:

    Saturday, August 20 Phoenix in Las Vegas (9PM ET, ESPN2)

    Game 3 (if necessary): Las Vegas Phoenix, Tuesday, August 23 (TBD)

    Do not. 2 Chicago Sky vs. No. 7 New York Liberty: Schedule, Date, Time and TV

    Game 1:

    New York Chicago , Wednesday, Aug. 17 (8PM ET, ESPN2)

    Game 2:

    New York, Chicago, Saturday, August 20 (noon ET , ESPN)

    Game 3 (if necessary):

    Chicago vs New York, Tuesday, August 23 (TBD)

    Do not. 3 Connecticut Suns vs. No. 6 Dallas Wings: Game, Date, Time & TV

    First game:

    Dallas in Connecticut, Thursday, August 18 (8pm ET, ESPNU/NBA TV)

    Game 2:

    Dallas at Connecticut, Sunday, Aug. 21 (Noon ET, ABC)

    Game 3 (if necessary):

    Dallas, CT , Wednesday, August 24 (TBD)

    Do not. 4 Seattle Storm vs. 5 Washington Mystics: Timeline and TV Times

    First game:

    Seattle, WA, Thursday, Aug. 18 (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

    Game 2:

    Seattle, WA, Week Aug. 21 (4pm ET, ESPN)

    Game 3 (if necessary):

    Seattle, Washington, Wednesday, August 24 (TBD)

  • WNBA 2022 Playoff Predictions
  • This year’s WNBA playoffs It feels very open. The Aces entered the playoffs as big favorites, but each of the top five seeds has a realistic chance of winning it all.

    Las Vegas has been the front-runner for the league’s best offense of the year. The gap between the Aces No. 1 offense and the league’s No. 2 offense (3.8 points per 100 possessions) is larger than the gap between the league’s No. 2 and No. 6 offense. Vegas’ defense is a bit shaky, ranking sixth among the league’s 12 teams. Will Las Vegas’ emphasis on offense tempo continue to pay off when the game slows down in the playoffs?

    The Sky and Suns feel like the two most balanced teams in the league. The Suns lead the league with a +9.5 net rating (the Ace is second with a +7.7). Connecticut was the favorite to win last year, but was beaten by Chicago in the semifinals. Before their incredible playoffs, the Sky were just .500 in last year’s regular season. This year, the Sky have been an elite team all season, holding on to the No. 1 seed until their penultimate game. The Sky have plenty of veterans — Candace Parker and Allie Quigley are 36, Courtney Vandersloot is 33 — but it’s doubtful they’ve worked too hard this year’s regular season . What Chicago needs to watch out for is Parker’s 3-point shooting: She finished the regular season 3-for-20 from the field. If the Sky are going to win it all, they need Parker to hit a 3-pointer on her pick-and-roll attempt.

    Liberty feels like the biggest threat to opening a first-round upset. Former No. 1 overall pick Sabrina Ionescu had a solid third season as forwards Natasha Howard and Betnijah Laney toughened New York’s interior. Can New York really beat the defending champs in the first round? I doubt it, but it’s not an easy series for Chicago.

    The winner of the Storm-Mystics series will also receive the title. As I detail in this article, Stewart is my MVP pick, and Jewell Lloyd is one of the toughest guards in the league. Dale Donne still has the potential to be a top-three player when fully healthy, and Washington has been very strong on the court this year. Adding Tina Charles to the Storm midseason adds more offensive firepower to the team.

    First round prediction:

  • Trump is at Mercury II.
  • A Storm on Mystics in Three Minutes.

  • Two-thirds of the free sky .
  • The sun is above the wings.

    Semifinal prediction:

  • Four trump cards against the Storm.

    five points within the sky.

    WNB Finals Prediction:

    Three out of five ace.

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