After Thursday’s games, the opening round of the 2022 WNBA playoffs was complete. This season, the WNBA playoffs will now consist of best-of-three first-round series, followed by best-of-five semifinal and championship rounds. There are eight teams in the playoffs, but no higher seed will receive a bye. The defending champion Chicago Sky enter the playoffs as the second seed, following the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces. This postseason, Yahoo Sports will be providing live coverage of all the action.
Pairings for the first round of the WNBA playoffs
Currently ranked No. 1 Las Vegas Aces (26-10) take on No. 8 Phoenix Mercury (13-18). (15-21)
The second-ranked Chicago Sky (26-10) will take on the seventh-ranked New York Liberty (21-15). (16-20)
Third-place Connecticut Sun (25-11) vs. sixth-place Dallas Wings (18-18)
Game 4: No. 4 Seattle Storm (22-14) vs. No. 5 Washington Mystics (21-15) (22-14)
A timetable for the WNBA playoffs on television
This is the time in Eastern Time.
Competition Starts with One Game
Final score: New York 98, Chicago 91 (Liberty lead, 1-0)
Victory for Las Vegas (79) over Phoenix (63). (Aces lead, 1-0)
Connecticut 93, Dallas 68 on Thursday (Sun lead, 1-0)
Score: Seattle 86, Washington State 83 (Storm lead, 1-0)
Stage 2, Second Round
This Saturday at noon on ESPN, New York will host Chicago.
ESPN2 will broadcast the Suns’ game against the Knights tonight at 9 p.m.
This Sunday at noon on ABC, Dallas takes on Connecticut.
Watch Washington take on Seattle at 4 o’clock on ESPN.
Third Match of Round 1 (if necessary)
On Tuesday, ESPN2 will broadcast Chicago vs. New York at 8 p.m., and ESPN will air the game between Las Vegas and Phoenix at 10 p.m.
The match between Seattle and Washington will air at 7 p.m. on ESPN2; at 9 p.m., Connecticut will host Dallas on ESPN.
If Game 3 is needed both nights, then both games will be played. If Game 3 is necessary, it will be broadcast on ESPN at 9 p.m.
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