WNBA playoffs preview: Format, bracket, odds, TV schedule, streaming

The WNBA playoffs are here!

The regular season wrapped up Sunday with the Liberty grabbing the final playoff spot thanks to losses by the Mystics and Sparks. All three teams finished with identical records but the Liberty clinched the final spot because of the best head-to-head record. The Sun enter on an absolute tear; they ripped off 14 straight wins to end the regular season en route to finishing with the league’s best record.

With the playoff bracket set, here is everything you need to know before the first round tips off Thursday.

WNBA playoff format and bracket

Unlike the NBA, which sends the same number of playoff teams from each conference, the top eight teams qualify for the WNBA playoffs, regardless of conference.

There are four rounds in all.

When do the WNBA playoffs start in 2021?

WNBA playoffs channels, how to live stream

ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will provide coverage of up to 19 games during the WNBA playoffs and the WNBA Finals. You can also live stream the WNBA playoffs with fuboTV (free seven-day trial).

WNBA playoff schedule 2021

Thursday, Sept. 23 — First round (single elimination)

Sunday, Sept. 26 — Second round (single elimination)

Semifinals (best of five) — (1) Connectict Sun vs. TBD

 Semifinals (best of five) — (2) Las Vegas Aces vs TBD

WNBA Finals (best of five)

Odds to win 2021 WNBA Finals

The Connecticut Sun, winners of 14 straight games entering the playoffs, are the betting favorite to win the title at +200.

Odds courtesy of BetMGM

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