When Does WNBA Playoffs Start?
WNBA playoffs kick off on 13th September 2023 with the first round of games. Las Vegas Aces are set to host Chicago Sky in the inaugural matchup.
The initial round of WNBA post season contention will be a best of 3 series. Four higher seed teams will face the corresponding lower seed teams.
The WNBA Board of Governors introduced a new playoff format for the first round in 2022 replacing the single elimination structure. Since then, Round One has been practicing the best of the 3 series layout.
The team with the superior ranking has the privilege of hosting the initial two games in their home arena, whereas the team with the lower ranking hosts the third game. Therefore, it follows a 2-1 home advantage format.
The clash between Las Vegas and Chicago will begin the 2023 WNBA playoff as they go head to head at T-Mobile Arena on September 13 at 10 PM Eastern Time.
Their second game is on September 17 and the third will be played on September 20 at the Sky's home ground, Wintrust Arena, if necessary.
WNBA Playoffs 2023 Schedule Bracket
- SEP 13 - Las Vegas vs Chicago | 10:00 PM EST | ESPN
- SEP 13 - Connecticut vs Minnesota | 8:00 PM EST | ESPN2
- SEP 15 - New York vs Washington | 7:30 PM EST | ESPN2
- SEP 15 - Dallas vs Atlanta | 9:30 PM EST | ESPN2
- SEP 17- Las Vegas vs Chicago | 3:00 PM EST | ABC
- SEP 17 - Connecticut vs Minnesota | 1:00 PM EST | ESPN
- SEP 19 - Dallas vs Atlanta | 9:00 PM EST | ESPN
- SEP 19 - New York vs Washington | 7:00 PM EST | ESPN
Game 3 (if necessary)
- SEP 20 - Chicago vs Las Vegas | TBD | ESPN
- SEP 20 - Minnesota vs Connecticut | TBD | ESPN
- SEP 22 - Washington vs New York | TBD | ESPN2
- SEP 15 - Atlanta vs Dallas | TBD | ESPN2
Round Two (Semifinals)
In contrast to Round One, the semifinal round will be of best of 5 series. A team with three wins will advance to the WNBA Finals.
Four winners from the opening round will make up the final four. The team that emerges victorious from the matchup between the 1st seed and 8th seed will face off against the winner of the 4th seed and 5th seed.
Similarly, the victor of the 2nd seed vs. 7th seed brawl will meet against the winner of the 3rd seed vs 6th seed matchup.
- SEP 24 - 1 PM @ ESPN | 5 PM @ ESPN2
- SEP 26 - 8 PM @ ESPN2 | 10 PM @ ESPN2
- SEP 29 - 8 PM @ ESPN2 | 10 PM @ ESPN2