2022 WNBA Playoffs: Results, Schedule, Results, Format, Bracket, Watch Online, TV Channels, Start Times

The entertaining and chaotic 2022 WNBA season drew to a close with exciting action on Sunday. At the top of the standings, the Las Vegas Aces secured first place with a comeback win over the Seattle Storm, while the New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury secured the last two playoff spots.

With the dust settled, it’s officially time for the playoffs, which are set to begin on Wednesday. Another new playoff format will be introduced this year, as the league eliminated first- and second-round byes in favor of a standard three-round format. The first round will be played in best-of-three mode, while the semifinals and final will be played in best-of-five mode.

It’s also important to note that the first-round series uses a 2-1 format, meaning the higher-seeded team hosts Games 1 and 2, while the lower-seeded team hosts Game 3 if necessary. However, the semi-finals and finals will use a standard 2-2-1 format, with the higher-seeded games hosting games 1, 2 and 5, if necessary, and the lower-seeded games hosting games 3 and 4, if necessary.

Here’s a look at the entire schedule:

First Round (Best-of-Three)

Wednesday, August 17 (Game 1)

  • #7 New York Liberty at #2 Chicago Sky, 8 p.m. ET – ESPN 2 (WatchESPN)
  • No. 8 Phoenix Mercury at No. 1 Las Vegas Aces, 10 p.m. ET – ESPN (WatchESPN)

Thursday, August 18 (Game 1)

  • #6 Dallas Wings at #3 Connecticut Sun, 8 p.m. ET – ESPN U/NBA TV (fuboTV – try free)
  • #5 Washington Mystics at #4 Seattle Storm, 10 p.m. ET – ESPN 2 (WatchESPN)

Saturday, August 19 (Game 2)

  • No. 7 New York Liberty at No. 2 Chicago Sky, 12 p.m. ET – ESPN (WatchESPN)
  • No. 8 Phoenix Mercury at No. 1 Las Vegas Aces, 9 p.m. ET – ESPN 2 (WatchESPN)

Sunday, August 20 (Game 2)

  • No. 6 Dallas Wings in No. 3 Connecticut Sun, 12 p.m. ET – ABC (WatchESPN)
  • No. 5 Washington Mystics at No. 4 Seattle Storm, 4 p.m. ET – ESPN (WatchESPN)

Tuesday 23rd August (Game 3s)*

  • No. 2 Chicago Sky at No. 7 New York Liberty, TBD — TBD
  • #1 Las Vegas Aces at Phoenix Mercury, TBD — TBD

* If necessary

Wednesday 24th August (Game 3s)*

  • No. 3 Connecticut Sun at No. 6 Dallas Wings, TBD — TBD
  • #4 Seattle Storm at #5 Washington Mystics, TBD — TBD

* If necessary

Semifinals (Best of Five)

Sunday, August 28 (Game 1)

Wednesday, August 31 (Game 2)

Sunday 4 Sept (Game 3s)

Tuesday 6 Sept (Game 4s)*

Thursday 8 Sept (Game 5s)*

* If necessary

Final (Best of Five)

Sunday, September 11 (Game 1)

Tuesday 13 Sept (Game 2)

Thursday 15 Sept (Game 3)

Sunday 18 Sept (Game 4)*

Tuesday 20 Sept (Game 5)*

* If necessary

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