Wings against Sky and Liberty versus Mercury open the WNBA playoffs

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The regular season from the WNBA ended last weekend, on Sunday, 19, which means that the playoffs are finally coming. The positions at the standing were decided just after those games, and round one will start on Thursday, 23. It’s win or go home.

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With three streak losses, Phoenix Mercury had 19 wins and 13 losses in the season, and it was not possible to overcome Seattle Storm, at the fourth place, with 21 wins and 11 losses. Despite the sequence, Phoenix was the best team on the road, with 12-4.

In the sixth, Chicago Sky already knew its position before the last match. Chicago defeated Indiana at home and ended with the same number of victories and losses: 16. Curiously, the team also had bests results away (10-6) than at home (6-10 – the third worst from the league).

Dallas Wings was another franchise that already knew its adversary at the playoffs. In seventh, with 14 wins and 18 losses, they won the last game against Los Angeles Sparks (87-84) and had five wins and losses in the previous 10 games.

The run for the eighth and last position for the playoffs was very closed: New York Liberty, Washington Mystics, and Los Angeles Sparks. Three teams finished the season with 12 wins and 20 losses, and New York got the position only after a 91-80 against Washington.

The games

On Thursday, the Liberty (8) will face Mercury (5) at Wintrust Arena, Illinois. According to Bovada, Phoenix is the favorite to win by 10 points or more, with -110 odds, since they won two of three matches during the regular season. The best franchise from round one comes from a three-streak-loss, while New York had two wins and eight losses in the last 10 matches.

The other game will be Dallas (7) against Chicago (6), on Thursday 23, at Grand Canyon University Arena. In the most levelheaded match from the round, Chicago has the best results this season, but Dallas won two of three games this year. The Sky is the favorite, by Bovada, with -195 odds.

Round two

In the next round, which will happen on Sunday 26, the best team from the first round will play against Seattle Storm (4) – the current champion, while the other team faces Minnesota Lynx (3) on the same day.

Las Vegas Aces (2) and Connecticut Sun (1) already are in the semi-finals (best-of-five), when they will play against the higher seed winner and the lower seed winner, respectively.

Players

Among the players that still compete, three players have the best numbers. Brittney Griner, from Phoenix, has 20,5 points per game, 9,5 rebounds, and 1,9 block.

Breanna Stewart, from Seattle, is averaging 20,5 PPG, 9,5 RPG 1,2 steal and 1,8 block, while Jonquel Jones, from (Connecticut) has 19,4 points, 11,2 boards, 1,3 block and steal per game.

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