From Brittney Griner’s return to the Aces historic season, it’s been an exciting year of women’s basketball. Now the WNBA playoffs have arrived.
Driving the news: The postseason starts Wednesday night with the Minnesota Lynx taking on the Connecticut Sun at 8pm ET.
State of play: The first round series are best of three before switching to best of five for the second round and WNBA Finals.
Of note: All games will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC.
Zoom in: Take a look at each first round matchup:
Las Vegas Aces vs. Chicago Sky
Details: Perhaps the most lopsided matchup in the first round, the eight-seed Sky won just 18 games this year losing all three of their regular season contests against the Aces.
Yes, but: The Sky are just two years removed from their only title in franchise history taking the crown in 2021. They were one game away from reaching last year losing in five to Connecticut.
What to watch: The Aces are arguably one of the best teams in WNBA history. And Candace Parker, who was key in the Sky’s championship run, is now on Vegas’ side, which has a chance to send her hometown team early.
The odds: The Aces are 16 point favorites in Game 1. A trend that should continue in this one.
Game 1- Wednesday at 10pm ET
Game 2- Sunday at 3pm ET
Game 3*- Sept. 20, TBD
New York Liberty vs. Washington Mystics
Details: These two teams split their four regular season matchup. But the Mystics won their final game of the season with a buzzer beat to defeat New York.
What to watch: The Liberty are chasing their franchise’s first WNBA title and have lost in the first round of the playoffs the past two seasons. The Mystics last won it all in 2019.
Of note: This series could easily be decided by guard play. New York is led by two dynamic players in Sabrina Ionescu and Courtney Vandersloot while Washington relies on Brittney Sykes and Natasha Cloud.
The odds: New York is a 9.5 point favorite in Game 1.
Game 1- Friday at 7:30pm ET.
Game 2- Sept. 19, 7pm ET.
Game 3*- Sept, 22 TBD
Connecticut Sun vs. Minnesota Lynx
Details: This matchup features two MVP candidates: Lynx forward Napheesa Collier and Sun Forward Alyssa Thomas, who nearly averaged a triple double.
What to watch: The Lynx are just the second team in league history to make the playoffs after starting 0-6. Meanwhile, the Sun are coming off a Finals berth last season where they lost to the Aces in four games.
The odds: Connecticut is favored by 9.5 points in Game 1.
Game 1- Wednesday at 8pm ET.
Game 2- Sunday at 1pm ET.
Game 3*- Sept. 20, TBD
Dallas Wings vs. Atlanta Dream
Details: The Dream return to the playoffs for the first time since 2018 while Dallas has lost in the first round the last two seasons.
What to watch: The Wings won all three of their games against Atlanta in the regular season, including a 94-77 drubbing in the finale. Once again the focus will be on the guards, Atlanta’s Rhyne Howard (who won rookie of the year in 2022) against Arike Ogunbowale who averaged nearly 27 points in the three games against Atlanta.
The odds: Dallas is a 6.5 point favorite in Game 1.
Game 1- Friday at 9:30pm ET
Game 2- Sept. 19, 9pm ET
Game 3- Sept. 22, TBD