WNBA Playoffs Tie-Break Formula

1. FORMAT
The top four teams from each conference will qualify for the playoffs. The first and fourth place teams and the second and third place teams will each play a best-of-three first round series. The winners of the first round series in each conference will then play in a best-of-three conference final. The two conference final winners will meet in a best-of-five championship series.

2. TIEBREAK PROCEDURE
The following tiebreak procedure shall be used to break ties for playoff eligibility, home court advantage and draft order. In determining draft order, non-playoff teams will always select before playoff teams.

a. Two-Way Tie Between Teams in the Same Conference. In order to break a tie, the following criteria will be utilized in the order set forth:
(1) Better record in head-to-head games.
(2) Better winning percentage within own conference.
(3) Better winning percentage against all teams with .500 or better record at the end of the season.
(4) Better point differential in games head-to-head.
(5) Coin toss.

b. Two-Way Tie between Teams in Different Conferences. In order to break a tie, the following criteria will be utilized in the order set forth:
(1) Better record in head-to-head games.
(2) Better winning percentage against teams in the opposite conference.
(3) Better winning percentage against all teams with .500 or better record at the end of the season.
(4) Better point differential in games head-to-head.
(5) Coin toss.

c. More Than Two Teams Tied. As many teams as possible will be eliminated at each step. As soon as one or more teams are eliminated at any step, the process must begin again from step (1).
(1) Better winning percentage among all head-to-head games involving tied teams.
(2) Better winning percentage against teams within conference (if all teams are from the same conference) or better record against teams in the opposite conference (if one or more teams are in different conferences).
(3) Better winning percentage against all teams with a .500 or better record at the end of the season.
(4) Better point differential in games involving tied teams.
(5) Coin toss.

NOTE: Conference ties that affect playoff seeding will be broken prior to multi-team, two conference, draft order ties but the outcome of such playoff-seeding tiebreaker will not impact the subsequent multi-team, draft order tiebreaker (i.e., with more than two teams tied, it is possible that a higher seeded playoff team involved in a multi-team, two-conference draft order tiebreaker will also receive a higher draft selection).

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