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

An exciting regular season concludes Sunday, giving basketball fans a full field for the 2022 WNBA Playoffs.

Heading into the final day of the regular season, the Aces and Sky are still battling for the No. 1 seed. Also, four teams are fighting for the last two spots in the WNBA playoffs. Only the Sparks and Fever were eliminated from the postseason competition.

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

When do the WNBA playoffs start?

  • WNBA Playoffs Start Date: Wednesday 17 August

The 2022 WNBA regular season ends Sunday, August 14. The 2022 WNBA Playoffs begin three days later on Wednesday, August 17.

How will the WNBA playoffs play out?

  • After the conclusion of the regular season, each of the top eight teams overall (regardless of conference) will earn a spot in the WNBA Playoffs.
  • Each of these eight teams plays in a best-of-three first-round series. The higher seeded teams will host games 1 and 2.
  • Each of the teams that reach the semi-finals 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


WNBA Playoff Schedule 2022

Sunday 14 August (last day of regular season)

Game time (ET)
Lynx against sun 13 o’clock
Dream vs Freedom 14 o’clock
Fever vs. Mystic 3 pm
Storm vs Aces 3 pm
Heaven vs Mercury 17 o’clock
wings against sparks 19 o’clock

Wednesday, August 17 (Day One of the WNBA Playoffs)

Game time (ET)
TBD vs. TBD 19 o’clock
TBD vs. TBD 21 clock

Thursday 18 August

Game time (ET)
TBD vs. TBD 19 o’clock
TBD vs. TBD 21 clock

WNBA Rankings 2022

seed team recording games back
1. Las Vegas Aces* 25-10
2. Chicago sky* 25-10
3. Connecticut Sun* 24-11 1
4. Seattle Storm* 22-13 3
5. Washington mystic* 21-14 4
6. Dallas Wings* 17-18 8th
7. Phoenix Mercury 15-20 10
8th. New York freedom 15-20 10
Minnesota Lynx 14-21 11
Atlanta dream 14-21 11
Sparks from Los Angeles 13-22 12
Indiana fever 5-30 20

* WNBA playoff berth earned
Eliminated from WNBA Playoff Contest: Fever, Sparks

WNBA Tiebreak Procedure

Here’s the process the league follows, according to WNBA.com:

  1. Better record in head-to-head matches
  2. Better win rate against all teams with .500 or better stats at the end of the season
  3. Better point difference in games Net score of total points scored less total points allowed head-to-head
  4. Better point difference net score from total points scored less allowable total against all opponents

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