2022 WNBA Playoffs: Schedule, bracket, times, TV Channel, how to watch

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WNBA Playoffs TV Schedule originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The WNBA playoffs are here as eight teams will vie for the 2022 WNBA Championship.

All season long, it's been the Las Vegas Aces, under new head coach Becky Hammon, and defending champion Chicago Sky atop the standings. But, there are other intriguing storylines throughout the rest of the field.

Elena Delle Donne and the Mystics are back in the postseason after making the lottery a year ago. They'll face the Seattle Storm in a 2018 WNBA Finals rematch. It will tip off Sue Bird's final postseason as she heads toward retirement this offseason.

The Phoenix Mercury squeaked into the playoffs after the circus on the final weekend. Their opening round matchup against the Aces will be one littered with stars.

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

When are the 2022 WNBA Playoffs?

The 2022 WNBA playoffs began on Wednesday, Aug. 17, while the WNBA Finals are set to begin on Sept. 11.

How do the WNBA Playoffs work?

The eight teams with the best record, regardless of conference, advance to the WNBA playoffs. Regular season records determine those seeds.

Related: WNBA Power Rankings: Looking to the playoffs

This past offseason, the WNBA changed its playoff format where no team received a bye. It will be a traditional bracket where the No. 1 seed will play No. 8, No. 2 vs. No. 7, etc.

The first round will be a rare best-of-three series, where the top seed will host the first two games and the lower seed hosting a potential winner-take-all Game 3. The semifinals and WNBA Finals will each be a best-of-five series (2-2-1).

How to watch the WNBA Playoffs?

All three rounds of the WNBA Playoffs will be broadcast on ESPN's family of networks including ABC. Some select games will be simulcast on NBATV as well. You can stream every game at ESPN.com or the ESPN app.

2022 WNBA Playoffs Schedule

First Round (Best of three):

No. 1 Las Vegas Aces d. No. 8 Phoenix Mercury 2-0

-Game 1: Aces 79, Mercury 63

-Game 2: Aces 117, Mercury 80

No. 2 Chicago Sky d. No. 7 New York Liberty 2-1

-Game 1: Liberty 98, Sky 91

-Game 2: Sky 100, Liberty 62

-Game 3: Sky 90, Liberty 72

No. 3 Connecticut Sun d. No. 6 Dallas Wings 2-1

-Game 1: Sun 93, Wings 68

-Game 2: Wings 89, Sun 79

-Game 3: Sun 73, Wings 58

No. 4 Seattle Storm d. No. 5 Washington Mystics 2-0

-Game 1: Storm 86, Mystics 83

-Game 2: Storm 97, Mystics 84

Semifinals (Best of five):

No. 1 Las Vegas Aces d. No. 4 Seattle Storm 3-1

-Game 1: Storm 76, Aces 73

-Game 2: Aces 78, Storm 73

-Game 3: Aces 110, Storm 98

-Game 4: Aces 97, Storm 92

No. 3 Connecticut Sun d. No. 2 Chicago Sky 3-2

-Game 1: Sun 68, Sky 63

-Game 2: Sky 85, Sun 77

-Game 3: Sky 76, Sun 72

-Game 4: Sun 104, Sun 80

-Game 5: Sun 72, Sky 63

WNBA Finals (Best of five):

No. 1 Las Vegas Aces win series over No. 3 Connecticut Sun 3-1

Game 1: Aces 67, Sun 64 (Las Vegas leads 1-0)

Game 2: Aces 85, Sun 71 (Las Vegas leads 2-0)

Game 3: Sun 105, Aces 76 (Las Vegas leads 2-1)

Game 4: Aces 78, Sun 71 (Las Vegas wins 3-1