WNBA Playoff Picture, Standings, Predictions: Sky cements top spot; Sparks on the ropes

The 2022 regular season is approaching, but the playoffs race is heating up. So far, five teams have beaten 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 (24-8) – Play-off resolved

2- Las Vegas Ice (22-10) – Play-off resolved

3. Connecticut Sun (22-10) – Play-off resolved

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

5 – Sophie Washington (20-13) – Play-off resolved

6. Dallas Wings (15-16)

7. Atlanta Dream (14-18)

8- New York Liberty (13-18)

9 – Phoenix Mercury (13-19)

10- Minnesota Linux (12-20)

11. Los Angeles Sparks (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 (24-8) – Playoff Resolution

  • Remaining games: 4 (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

Heaven looked like a team on assignment on Friday night, as they easily sent the Mystics back in the winning column. With this result, they consolidated their lead in first place and now have a two-game advantage over both the Aces and the Sun. They still have to play every team for the long haul, so their work isn’t finished.

2. Las Vegas Aces (22-10) – Playoff Resolution

  • Remaining games: 4 (including vs sky)
  • 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

Losing to the Mystics was one thing, but no one expected the ace to follow up with a defeat to the wing. After two straight losses, they are now two games behind the sky in the first race and cling to second place only by breaking the tie over the sun. Things won’t get any easier for the Aces either, because a trip to Seattle to play Storm is next on the agenda.

3. Connecticut Sun (10-22) – Playoff Point Deduction

  • Remaining games: 4
  • 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

After overtaking Mercury for the second game in a row, the Sun has now won six of the last seven. In doing so, they took advantage of the Aces’ recent slip and tied them in the rankings. Losing a tiebreaker to both the ace and the sky put the sun at a disadvantage, but they have an easy schedule along their stretch and are still in a first- and second-seeded mix.

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 (20-13)

  • Remaining games: 3
  • 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. In the final swing, the Storm beat Lynx on Wednesday, while the Mystics lost to the Sky on Friday.

These results put Storm ahead by half a game in the standings with one game in hand. The Storm also owns the tiebreaker between the two teams, which could be the difference maker at the end of the regular season.

Spots 6-8 are up to catch

6. Dallas Wings (15-16)

  • Remaining games: 5 (including Two vs. Liberty, in Mercury, in 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 again without Arike Ogunbowale and Satou Sabally, the wings netted another big win on Thursday over the Aces. They have now won three in a row and four of the last five to give themselves real breathing space in sixth place. With 2.5 games ahead of ninth-placed Mercury and only five games left, they’re in really good shape.

7. Atlanta Dream (14-18)

  • Remaining games: 4 (including at Lynx, opposite Liberty, at Liberty)
  • break break: vs. Mercury: won the season series 2-1; Sparks: won the season series 2-1; 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

The Dream took its biggest win of the season in dramatic fashion Friday night, defeating Sparks in the final second layup by Cheyenne Parker. This result gave them a tiebreaker on sparks meaning they are now all on their own in seventh place. With one game ahead of ninth-placed Mercury, and the interval between them, the dream is in good shape.

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 (13-19)

  • Remaining games: 4 (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

Another game, another loss for Mercury, the East Coast road trip was a complete disaster. They lost all three games by double digits, and looked emotionally drained from reigning Britney Grenier during Thursday’s 77-64 loss to the Sun. Although they are alone in ninth, they are still only half a game from seventh, but we will see what kind of response they get on Saturday at home in a must-win game against Liberty.

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, had no help in the other games and are now 1.5 games of eighth with only four games left.

11. Los Angeles Sparks (12-20)

  • Remaining games: 4 (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; Versus the Dream: The Lost Season 1-2 Series; vs. Liberty: Lost Season Series 1-2; Lynx vs: Lost Season Series 1-2
  • Current first round match: opposite does not apply

Friday night’s heartbreaking loss at the last second to Dream could spell the end for Sparks, who have now lost six games in a row. They’re 1.5 games of the eighth and two games of the seventh with only four games left, and they don’t have a tiebreak against Liberty or Dream.

The bottom of the separating picture is a bit of a mess, with the five teams between seventh and eleventh in the standings separated by just two games. 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.