When do the WNBA playoffs start in 2021? Schedule, updated standings & more to know

The WNBA playoff picture is starting to come into focus.

With just a few days remaining in the regular season, seven teams have clinched playoff berths (Connecticut Sun, Las Vegas Aces, Minnesota Lynx, Seattle Storm, Phoenix Mercury, Chicago Sky and Dallas Wings), and three teams remain in contention for the last spot (Washington Mystics, Los Angeles Sparks and New York Liberty). The seedings are still very much in flux, so even the squads that know they are heading to the postseason have a reason to keep competing.

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Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the 2021 WNBA playoffs, including an updated look at the league standings.

When do the WNBA playoffs start in 2021?

  • Last day of regular season: Sunday, Sept. 19
  • WNBA playoffs: Thursday, Sept. 23

The 2021 WNBA playoffs will begin on Thursday, Sept. 23. The latest possible date for a WNBA Finals game is Tuesday, Oct. 19.

WNBA playoffs channel, how to live stream

ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will provide coverage of up to 19 postseason games during the WNBA playoffs and the WNBA Finals. You can also live stream the WNBA playoffs for free with fuboTV.

How will the WNBA playoffs work?

  • Eight total teams will qualify for the WNBA playoffs with regular season record determining the seedings of those teams. The top two seeds will earn a bye to the semifinals, and the third and fourth seeds will earn a bye to the second round.
  • The first and second rounds are single elimination, and the semifinals and WNBA Finals are best-of-five series. The higher seeds will host Games 1, 2 and 5, while the lower seeds will host Games 3 and 4 in those series.
  • Teams will be re-seeded after each playoff round.

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WNBA regular season schedule 2021

Sept. 13

Game Time (ET) Channel
Dallas Wings vs. Las Vegas Aces 3 p.m. NBA TV

Sept. 14

Game Time (ET) Channel
Indiana Fever vs. Atlanta Dream 7 p.m. NBA TV

Sept. 15

Game Time (ET) Channel
New York Liberty vs. Connecticut Sun 7 p.m. CBSSN

Sept. 16

Game Time (ET) Channel
Los Angeles Sparks vs. Atlanta Dream 7 p.m. Amazon

Sept. 17

Game Time (ET) Channel
Minnesota Lynx vs. Indiana Fever 7 p.m. Facebook
Washington Mystics vs. New York Liberty 7 p.m. Twitter
Las Vegas Aces vs. Chicago Sky 8 p.m. NBA TV
Phoenix Mercury vs. Seattle Storm 10 p.m. NBA TV

Sept. 19

Game Time (ET) Channel
Atlanta Dream vs. Connecticut Sun 1 p.m. NBA TV
Las Vegas Aces vs. Phoenix Mercury 3 p.m. ABC
Minnesota Lynx vs. Washington Mystics 3 p.m. ESPN3
Los Angeles Sparks vs. Dallas Wings 5 p.m. NBA TV
Indiana Fever vs. Chicago Sky 6 p.m. CBSSN

WNBA standings 2021

Seed Team Record Games back
1. Connecticut Sun* 24-6
2. Las Vegas Aces* 21-8 2.5
3. Minnesota Lynx* 20-10 4.0
4. Seattle Storm* 20-11 4.5
5. Phoenix Mercury* 19-11 5.0
6. Chicago Sky* 15-15 9.0
7. Dallas Wings* 13-17 11.0
8. Washington Mystics 12-18 12.0
9. Los Angeles Sparks 11-19 13.0
10. New York Liberty 11-19 13.0
11. Atlanta Dream 7-22 16.5
12. Indiana Fever 6-23 17.5

*clinched playoff berth
Eliminated from playoff contention: Atlanta Dream, Indiana Fever

WNBA standings 2021: Eastern Conference

Seed Team Record Games back
1. Connecticut Sun* 24-6
2. Chicago Sky* 15-15 9.0
3. Washington Mystics 12-18 12.0
4. New York Liberty 11-19 13.0
5. Atlanta Dream 7-22 16.5
6. Indiana Fever 6-23 17.5

WNBA standings 2021: Western Conference

Seed Team Record Games back
1. Las Vegas Aces* 21-8
2. Minnesota Lynx* 20-10 1.5
3. Seattle Storm* 20-11 2.0
4. Phoenix Mercury* 19-11 2.5
5. Dallas Wings* 13-17 8.5
6. Los Angeles Sparks 11-19 10.5

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