Mystics' playoff scenarios
The biggest thing up for grabs for the Mystics in their final two regular season games this weekend is the chance to have home-court advantage for the first round of the playoffs. The Mystics have typically excelled at Verizon Center, where they are 12-4, this year and playing two games there rather than one could aid their effort to advance to the Eastern Conference finals in many ways.
So here's a look at how the Mystics can clinch a home-court advantage by finishing as at least the second seed in the Eastern Conference, but first here are how the four playoff-bound teams stand after Thursday night's games.
Team, Record, Games back (Games remaining)
1. New York, 21-11, 0.0 (8/20 at Washington, 8/22 vs Connecticut)
2. Indiana, 21-11, 0.0 (8/20 at San Antonio, 8/22 vs Minnesota)
3. Washington, 20-12, 1.0 (8/20 vs New York, 8/22 at Atlanta)
4. Atlanta, 19-14, 2.5 (8/22 vs Washington)
Washington still controls its own destiny heading into these final games. If they defeat both New York and Atlanta, the Mystics would be guaranteed of at least the second seed and home court advantage, because although they could finish with an identical overall record as the Liberty, Washington would hold the first tiebreak criteria with a better head-to-head record.
The Mystics already hold the first tiebreak against Indiana, but they would need the Fever to lose at least one game for it to come into play.
Should the Mystics lose to New York, they would need to beat Atlanta on Sunday and also have Indiana lose its two remaining contests to leapfrog into the second spot by virtue of tiebreakers against both the Dream and Fever to still gain home court.
If Washington lost both contests, it would miss out on home-court advantage and seeding would come down to at least the third tie-break criteria with Atlanta to determine third and fourth place. Hypothetically, both teams would be 20-14 overall, 2-2 in the season series and 11-11 against Eastern Conference foes and then would compare records against teams that finished with a record of .500 or above.
August 20, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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