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The 2023 WNBA Playoffs: How to Stream the Best of Women’s Basketball with Sling TV

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If you’re looking for some energetic, fast-paced, competitive hoop action, take a look at the WNBA. It’s all coming to a head as the women’s basketball postseason arrives with the playoffs and championship. And you can check out the WNBA at its peak with Sling TV.

In a hurry? The WNBA Playoffs will be televised mostly on ESPN2, with some on ABC, ESPN, and maybe ESPNU. You can watch all but the two possible ESPNU games on Sling Orange for just $40.00/mo. Save 50% on your first month of Sling TV.

The WNBA regular season will end September 10, and the playoffs are scheduled to begin September 13 and go no later than October 20.

Last year, the Las Vegas Aces ultimately defeated the Connecticut Sun 3-1 to take home the trophy.

This year, as of this writing, the New York Liberty (on a 6-game winning streak) and Connecticut Sun have a sizeable lead in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Aces are way out in front of all the other Western Conference teams. Those three together with the Connecticut Sun have already clinched playoff spots.

The Indiana Fever, Seattle Storm, and Phoenix Mercury are trailing and have already been eliminated. The Storm’s slump is widely attributed to the departures of Sue Bird and Brianna Stewart, while it’s the first time in over a decade that the Mercury won’t be in the playoffs.

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How to Watch the WNBA Playoffs on Sling TV

Watching the WNBA playoffs is easy-peasy with Sling TV. The vast majority of the matchups will be on ESPN2. A few here and there will be on ABC (which is simulcast on ESPN3) or ESPN, and two games appear on the schedule on ESPNU (we’ll get to those in a minute).

The good news — great news! — is that ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPN are all included in Sling Orange, just $40.00/mo. You’ll get 30+ popular pay networks like ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, Disney Channel, Freeform, A&E, AMC, and TNT.

The less-great news is that if any games end up on ESPNU (or any other of the second-tier ESPNs), you’ll need the Sports Extra. This sports-focused add-on is just $11/mo and includes ALL the ESPNs: ESPNews and ESPNU, but also the ESPN-owned SEC Network and ACC Network — 14 channels in all.

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WNBA Playoffs Seeding

The top eight teams overall will go to the playoffs. The defending champs the Las Vegas Aces are in the top spot, with the New York Liberty second. The Liberty also took the Commissioner’s Cup this year. See the rest of the standings below:

  1. Las Vegas Aces
  2. New York Liberty
  3. Connecticut Sun
  4. Dallas Wings
  5. Atlanta Dream
  6. Minnesota Lynx
  7. Washington Mystics
  8. Chicago Sky

Check back for more info as we get closer!

WNBA Lynx vs Dream
Minnesota Lynx vs Atlanta Dream by Lorie Shaull under CC BY-SA 4.0.

The 2022 Playoffs’ seeding last year, going into the postseason, was:

  1. Las Vegas Aces
  2. Chicago Sky
  3. Connecticut Sun
  4. Seattle Storm
  5. Washington Mystics
  6. Dallas Wings
  7. New York Liberty
  8. Phoenix Mercury

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WNBA Playoffs Schedule

Round 1 is best-of-3 and the semifinals and finals are best-of-5. In Round 1, the 1st and 8th seeds will play, the 4th and 5th seeds, the 2nd and 7th seeds, and the 3rd and 6th seeds.

Before 2022, the WNBA champion was determined by a four-round contest, with the first and second rounds being single-elimination format. The bottom four seeds started in the first round, the 3-seed and 4-seed were added in the second round, and the 1-seed and 2-seed got a bye until the finals.

Because of the best-of-x format, it’s unknown how many games each series will take. It could be two or three for the first round, and anywhere from three to five for the later rounds. Here’s what we know so far about the schedule:

Round 1

  • Wed Sep 13, 2023 : Minnesota Lynx vs Connecticut Sun [Game 1] (ESPN2)
  • Wed Sep 13, 2023 : Chicago Sky vs Las Vegas Aces [Game 1] (ESPN)
  • Fri Sep 15, 2023 : Washington Mystics vs New York Liberty [Game 1] (ESPN2)
  • Fri Sep 15, 2023 : Atlanta Dream vs Dallas Wings [Game 1] (ESPN2)
  • Sun Sep 17, 2023 : Minnesota Lynx vs Connecticut Sun [Game 2] (ESPN)
  • Sun Sep 17, 2023 : Chicago Sky vs Las Vegas Aces [Game 2] (ABC/ESPN3)
  • Tue Sep 19, 2023 : Washington Mystics vs New York Liberty [Game 2] (ESPN)
  • Tue Sep 19, 2023 : Atlanta Dream vs Dallas Wings [Game 2] (ESPN)
  • *Wed Sep 20, 2023: Las Vegas Aces vs Chicago Sky [Game 3] (ESPN)
  • *Wed Sep 20, 2023: Connecticut Sun vs Minnesota Lynx [Game 3] (ESPN)
  • *Fri Sep 22, 2023: New York Liberty vs Washington Mystics [Game 3] (ESPN2)
  • *Fri Sep 22, 2023: Dallas Wings vs Atlanta Dream [Game 3] (ESPN2)

*Game 3 if necessary

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  • Sun Sep 24, 2023 : ESPN
  • Sun Sep 24, 2023 : ESPN2
  • Tue Sep 26, 2023 : ESPN2
  • Tue Sep 26, 2023 : ESPN2
  • Fri Sep 29, 2023 : ESPN2
  • Fri Sep 29, 2023 : ESPN2

Further games as needed

WNBA Finals

Check back often, we’ll have more information as the WNBA releases it!

Wrapping Up

So make sure to catch A’ja Wilson take the Aces to their second championship win in a row — or face a major upset? Get Sling Orange and get a front-row seat to basketball history!


What are the teams of the WNBA?

The WNBA features twelve teams, all U.S.-based. The current teams are divided into two conferences: Eastern and Western.

Eastern Conference

  • Atlanta Dream
  • Chicago Sky
  • Connecticut Sun
  • Indiana Fever
  • New York Liberty
  • Washington Mystics

Western Conference

  • Dallas Wings
  • Las Vegas Aces
  • Los Angeles Sparks
  • Minnesota Lynx
  • Phoenix Mercury
  • Seattle Storm

The Las Vegas Aces are the defending champions, having won the title for the first time last year. The Houston Comets (defunct), Minnesota Lynx, and Seattle Storm are tied for most titles with four each.

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