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When do the WNBA Playoffs start in 2022? Key dates, schedule, updated standings & more to know

Sporting News logo Sporting News 8/16/2022 Jordan Greer
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An exciting regular season came to an end on Sunday, giving basketball fans the full field for the 2022 WNBA Playoffs.

Heading into the final day of the regular season, the Aces and Sky were still battling for the No. 1 seed, but Las Vegas ultimately clinched home-court advantage throughout the postseason.

There were also four teams fighting for the final two WNBA Playoff berths. The Liberty and Mercury snagged the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds, respectively, pushing the Lynx and Dream out of the bracket.

Here's everything you need to know about the 2022 WNBA Playoffs.

When do the WNBA Playoffs start?

  • WNBA Playoffs start date: Wednesday, Aug. 17

The 2022 WNBA regular season ended on Sunday, Aug. 14. The 2022 WNBA Playoffs will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

How will the WNBA Playoffs work?

  • Each of the top eight teams in the standings (regardless of conference) will clinch a berth in the WNBA Playoffs.
  • Each of those eight teams will play in a best-of-three first-round series. The higher-seeded teams will host Games 1 and 2.
  • Each of the teams that advance to the semifinals will play in a best-of-five series. The higher-seeded teams will host Games 1, 2 and 5.
  • The WNBA Finals will also be a best-of-five series.

WNBA Playoff bracket


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WNBA Playoff schedule 2022

Wednesday, Aug. 17 (first day of WNBA Playoffs)

Game Time (ET)
Liberty vs. Sky 8 p.m.
Mercury vs. Aces 10 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 18

Game Time (ET)
Wings vs. Sun 8 p.m.
Mystics vs. Storm 10 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 20

Game Time (ET)
Liberty vs. Sky Noon
Mercury vs. Aces 9 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 21

Game Time (ET)
Wings vs. Sun Noon
Mystics vs. Storm 4 p.m.

WNBA standings 2022

Seed Team Record Games back
1. Las Vegas Aces* 26-10
2. Chicago Sky* 26-10
3. Connecticut Sun* 25-11 1
4. Seattle Storm* 22-14 4
5. Washington Mystics* 22-14 4
6. Dallas Wings* 18-18 8
7. New York Liberty* 16-20 10
8. Phoenix Mercury* 15-21 11
Minnesota Lynx 14-22 12
Atlanta Dream 14-22 12
Los Angeles Sparks 13-23 13
Indiana Fever 5-31 21

*clinched WNBA Playoff berth

Eliminated from WNBA Playoff contention: Dream, Fever, Lynx, Sparks

WNBA tiebreaker procedure

Here is the procedure the league follows, per WNBA.com:

  1. Better record in head-to-head games
  2. Better winning percentage against all teams with .500 or better record at the end of the season
  3. Better point differential in games net result of total points scored less total points allowed head-to-head
  4. Better point differential net result of total points scored less total points allowed against all opponents
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