WNBA Playoff Picture, Ranking, Predictions: Liberty, Dream get important wins; Storm takes fourth place

The 2022 regular season is approaching, but the playoffs race is heating up. So far, five teams have directed their tickets to the playoffs — Chicago Sky, Las Vegas Ice, Connecticut Sun, Seattle Storm and Washington Mystics — while the Indiana Fever is the only team to be eliminated.

If we look closely, there were no trapped seeds, and a number of exciting races remain. The top three teams are in search of the top seed. Storm and the mystics vie for fourth place. Six teams from sixth to eleventh are in real scrap for the last three places.

As a reminder, the WNBA once again changed the match system. While the top eight teams will go on to make the playoffs, there are no more goodbyes left. Instead, each team will begin play in the first round in a standard bracket format featuring seed #1 vs. seed #8, seed #2 vs. seed #7, seed #3 vs. seed #6 and seed #4 vs. seed #5. No re-ranking will be made. Bow after the first round.

The first round matches will be the best of the three series, with the top seed playing matches 1 and 2 at home, while the lower seed hosts game 3. Both the semi-finals and the final will be from the top five series with a 2 shape -2-1, which means The higher seeded team will host matches 1, 2 and 5, while the lower seeded team will host matches 3 and 4.

current arrangement

1. Chicago Sky (23-8) – Play-off decided

2- Las Vegas Ice (22-9) – Play-off decided

3 – Connecticut Sun (10-21) – Play-off decided

4. Seattle Storm (20-12) – Play-off decided

5 – Sophie Washington (12-20) – Play-off decided

6. Dallas Wings (14-16)

7. Atlanta Dream (13-18)

8- New York Liberty (13-18)

9. Phoenix Mercury (13-18)

10. Los Angeles Sparks (12-19)

11. Minnesota Linux (12-20)

12- Indiana fever (5-27) – disqualification

With the movement still under the sprawl, here’s a closer look at the image of the final match:

The race for number 1

1. Chicago Sky (23-8) – Playoff Match

  • Remaining games: 5 (including Aces)
  • break break: Aces: 1-1 in the season series with one game remaining; Against Sun: Won the Season Series 3-0
  • Current first round match: Against No. 8 New York Liberty

Candice Parker returned to the squad on Tuesday after missing the last two games, but Sky still suffered one of her most surprising losses of the year in front of the wings. However, they were still alone in the top spot, losing the Aces to the Mystics, ending their four-game winning streak.

2. Las Vegas Aces (22-9) – clinch the playoff spot

  • Remaining games: 5 (including vs heaven)
  • break break: vs. Sky: 1-1 in the season series with one game remaining; vs. Sun: Won Season Series 2-1
  • Current first round match: Opposite No. 7 Atlanta Dream

The Aces’ four-game winning streak ended on Tuesday with a loss to the Mystics. On the bright side, the sky also lost so they didn’t lose any ground in the race for the top seed. With one game left in front of the sky and a chance to take the tiebreak between the two teams, the top spot is still close at hand.

3. Connecticut Sun (10-20) – Cut-off point

  • Remaining games: 5
  • break break: vs. Sky: Lost Season Series 0-3; Versus Aces: The Lost Season, Series 1-2
  • Current first round match: For 6 Dallas Wings

The Sun was the big winner on Tuesday, being the only team out of the top three to score a win. They took care of the business in style, crushing visiting Mercury before 24. They’re still behind in the game of Aces and two games of Heaven, and they don’t have a tiebreak against either team, so they’ll need some help, but Tuesday’s results have given them some hope.

Two teams compete for fourth place

4. Seattle Storm (20-12)

  • Remaining games: 4
  • break break: vs. Mystics: Win the Season Series 2-1
  • Current first round match: Opposite No. 5 Washington Mystics

5 – Sophie Washington (12-20)

  • Remaining games: 4
  • break break: Against the Storm: The Lost Season, Series 1-2
  • Current first round match: Against No. 4 Seattle Storm

One of the tightest races at the moment is in the middle of the standings as Storm and Mystics go head-to-head for fourth place and a home ground advantage in the first round of qualifying. After the Mystics snatched a provisional fourth with an impressive lead on aces on Tuesday, Storm responded with a comfortable victory over Lynx to get back in front.

The Storm has the toughest timeline left, but they also have a tie break between the two teams, which gives them the upper hand at the moment.

Spots 6-8 are up to catch

6. Dallas Wings (14-16)

  • Remaining games: 6 (including against Liberty x2, at Mercury, at Sparks)
  • break break: against Mercury: 2-1 in the season series with one game remaining; Against Sparks: 1-2 in the season series with one game remaining; Versus the Dream: The Lost Season 1-2 Series; vs Liberty: 1-0 in the season series with two games left; vs Lynx: won the season series 2-1
  • Current first round match: Opposite No. 3 Connecticut Sun

Despite playing without Eric Ogunpoel and Sato Sabali, the wingers scored their biggest result of the season on Tuesday when they went to Chicago and lost to Heaven for the third time on home soil. With that win, the wings opened 1.5 games ahead of ninth-placed Mercury and are now in the driver’s seat to claim a playoff spot.

7. Atlanta Dream (13-18)

  • Remaining games: 5 (including vs. Sparks, at Lynx, vs. Liberty, at Liberty)
  • break break: vs. Mercury: won the season series 2-1; Sparks: 1-1 in the season series with one game remaining; Against the Wings: won the season series 2-1; vs. Liberty: 1-1 in the season series with two games remaining; Lynx vs: 1-1 in the season series with one game remaining
  • Current first round match: Opposite No. 2 Las Vegas Ice

Nothing like a game against a humble fever to get you back on the right track. The Dream took care of the business Wednesday night and jumped up to seventh. Even in better news, they either won or were tied in every single tiebreak, which could give them the upper hand at a watershed point if things remain closed.

8- New York Liberty (13-18)

  • Remaining games: 5 (including in Mercury, two in Wings, in Dream, vs. Dream)
  • break break: against Mercury: 1-1 in the season series with one game remaining; vs. Sparks: won the season series 2-1; Against the Wings: 0-1 in the season series with two games remaining; Against the Dream: 1-1 in the season series with two games remaining; Lynx vs: Lost Season Series 1-2
  • Current first round match: Against No. 1 Chicago Sky

It’s always been Liberty’s potential rescue boon that’s been dropping along their schedule, and they’ve capitalized in recent days with three massive straight wins over Mercury and Sparks. As a result, they jumped to eighth place at the moment and were now in control of their own destiny.

9. Phoenix Mercury (13-18)

  • Remaining games: 5 (including in exchange for freedom, in exchange for wings)
  • break break: vs. Sparks: Season Series tied 2-2, currently owns a tiebreaker with a better record against teams above .500; Against the Wings: 1-2 in the season series with one game remaining; Versus the Dream: The Lost Season 1-2 Series; vs. Liberty: 1-1 in the season series with one game remaining; Lynx vs: Lost Season Series 0-3
  • Current first round match: Opposite No. 2 Las Vegas Ice

Mercury’s flight on the East Coast has been a disaster so far. First, a 20-point loss to Mercury, then a 24 point loss to the Sun on Tuesday. These losses have dropped them from the complementary picture as it stands, though tied to a judicious record with both dream and freedom,

10. Los Angeles Sparks (12-19)

  • Remaining games: 5 (including in Dream, vs. Wings)
  • break break: vs. Mercury: Season Series tied 2-2, currently losing the tiebreak via a worse record against teams above 0.500; Against the Wings: 2-1 in the season series with one game remaining; vs Dream: 1-1 in the season series with one game remaining; vs. Liberty: Lost Season Series 1-2; Lynx vs: Lost Season Series 1-2
  • Current first round match: opposite does not apply

Sparks’ slide continued on Wednesday as they blew up a 20-point lead to Liberty. They have now lost five games in a row, lost the tiebreak with Liberty and have fallen to 10th in the standings. They’re still just a match for eighth, but time is running out to turn things around.

11. Minnesota Linux (12-20)

  • Remaining games: 4 (Including Dream vs.)
  • break break: vs. Mercury: won the season series 3-0; vs. Sparks: won the season series 2-1; Against the Wings: The Lost Season, 1–2 series; vs Dream: 1-1 in the season series with one game remaining; vs. Liberty: Win the Season Series 2-1
  • Current first round match: Unavailable

Two straight wins got Lynx within half a game of a playoff point heading into Wednesday, but the night was as bad as it could possibly be for them. They lost to Storm, received no help in the other games and are now 1.5 games of eighth with only four games left.

The bottom of the separating picture is a bit of a mess, with the six teams between sixth and eleventh in the standings separated by just three matches. Each team has at least one match left against the other teams in this group, and only a few tiebreakers have been settled. All this means that the current arrangement will not remain the same for long.

exclusion

12- Indiana fever (5-28)

The Fever has now lost 15 consecutive games and was the first team to be eliminated from the playoffs. With the sixth consecutive lottery on the way, they’ll be hoping for some luck with ping pong balls to help end the worst stretch in franchise history.

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