Predicting who wins the championship

Jenna Harris September 15, 2020 4 No Comments

Predicting who wins the championship

The Seattle Storm started out since the preseason favorite before basketball tipped off at the WNBA bubble Bradenton, Florida, in late July.

And although the Las Vegas Aces edged the Storm from the regular-season finale to clinch the No. 1 seed at the 2020 WNBA playoffs, Seattle remains the favorite.

ESPN’s Katie Barnes, Melanie Jackson, Kevin Pelton, Ramona Shelburne and Mechelle Voepel and The Undefeated’s Sean Hurd unanimously forecast the Storm to win their fourth WNBA championship, and second in three phases after hoisting the prize at 2018.

The playoffs open Tuesday (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET) using a set of first-round, single-elimination games. Seattle and Las Vegas have dual byes and do not play again till Sunday, if the best-of-five WNBA semifinals open.

Check out our panel’s forecasts:

Who wins their first-round matchup: No. 6 Chicago Sky or No. 7 Connecticut Sun? )

Barnes: Connecticut Sun
Hurd: Connecticut Sun
Jackson: Chicago Sky
Pelton: Chicago Sky
Shelburne: Connecticut Sun
Voepel: Chicago Sky

Who wins their first-round matchup: No. 5 Phoenix Mercury or No. 8 Washington Mystics? )

Barnes: Phoenix Mercury
Hurd: Phoenix Mercury
Jackson: Phoenix Mercury
Pelton: Phoenix Mercury
Shelburne: Phoenix Mercury
Voepel: Phoenix Mercury

Which team playing at the first round gets the best chance of attaining the WNBA Finals?

Barnes: Phoenix Mercury
Hurd: Connecticut Sun
Jackson: Phoenix Mercury
Pelton: Phoenix Mercury
Shelburne: Phoenix Mercury
Voepel: Phoenix Mercury

Which teams may meet in the semifinals?

Barnes: No. 1 Las Vegas Aces vs. No. 5 Phoenix Mercury and No. Two Seattle Storm vs. No. 3 Los Angeles Sparks
Hurd: No. 1 Las Vegas Aces vs. No. 4 Minnesota Lynx and No. Two Seattle Storm vs. No. 3 Los Angeles Sparks
Jackson: No. 1 Las Vegas Aces vs. No. 5 Phoenix Mercury and No. Two Seattle Storm vs. No. 3 Los Angeles Sparks
Pelton: No. 1 Las Vegas Aces vs. No. 5 Phoenix Mercury and No. Two Seattle Storm vs. No. 3 Los Angeles Sparks
Shelburne: No. 1 Las Vegas Aces vs. No. 5 Phoenix Mercury and No. Two Seattle Storm vs. No. 3 Los Angeles Sparks
Voepel: No. 1 Las Vegas Aces vs. No. 5 Phoenix Mercury and No. Two Seattle Storm vs. No. 3 Los Angeles Sparks

Which teams will meet at the WNBA Finals?

Barnes: No. 1 Las Vegas Aces vs. No. Two Seattle Storm
Hurd: No. 1 Las Vegas Aces vs. No. Two Seattle Storm
Jackson: No. 1 Las Vegas Aces vs. No. Two Seattle Storm
Pelton: No. 1 Las Vegas Aces vs. No. Two Seattle Storm
Shelburne: No. 1 Las Vegas Aces vs. No. Two Seattle Storm
Voepel: No. 1 Las Vegas Aces vs. No. Two Seattle Storm

Which staff will win the 2020 WNBA title?

Barnes: Seattle Storm
Hurd: Seattle Storm
Jackson: Seattle Storm
Pelton: Seattle Storm
Shelburne: Seattle Storm
Voepel: Seattle Storm

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