With two weeks to go in the regular season, the WNBA playoff picture is beginning to take shape. Five teams – Minnesota, Los Angeles, Connecticut, New York, and Washington – have already secured their tickets, and the remaining three spots are almost locked up.
Phoenix (15-14) currently sits in the No. 6 seed, while Seattle (14-16) and Dallas (14-16) are both 2.5 games ahead of Chicago (11-18) in the race for the final two playoff berths. The Sky’s schedule doesn’t make it any easier for them either: they still face Minnesota, Connecticut, and New York on the road, plus Dallas and Seattle at home. If they can take care of the tough road stretch, those last two home games could decide their fate.
Here is how the playoff bracket would look if the season ended today:
Near the top of the standings, the battles for the No. 2 and No. 4 seeds are worth keeping an eye on. Connecticut (19-10) is two games behind L.A. (21-8) for the second-best record, with the prize being a top two seed bye to the Semifinals. The Sun and Sparks will face off at Staples Center on the final day of the regular season.
Looking to get a bye to the second round, New York (17-12) currently owns the tiebreaker with Washington (17-12) due to its record against teams .500 or better.
For more information on the 2017 playoff format and tiebreakers, click here.