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The NBA regular season is coming to a close, but it's not quite time for the NBA Playoffs. Eight teams, four from each conference, will compete for a place in their respective conference's post-season. Implemented in 2020, the NBA Play-In Tournament has provided some of the season's most exciting games, as the single-elimination format leaves no room for error.
Let's explain everything you need about the NBA Play-In Tournament and how it will work!
Here's a preview of the teams expected to compete in this year's NBA Play-In. The regular season will end on April 9th, and the participating teams are subject to change.
Keep an eye on our expert odds and predictions for when the NBA Play-In Tournament begins!
The 2023 NBA Play-In Tournament will occur between April 11th and April 14th.
The NBA Play-In Tournament showcases six games and involves eight teams, four from each of the NBA's conferences.
The top 6 seeds in each conference qualify for guaranteed playoff positions, while the teams that finish 7th through 10th participate in the Play-In. The teams that end with the 7th and 8th highest winning percentage during the regular season will have two opportunities to qualify for the NBA Playoffs.
Let's take a look at how the games will work:
Bold denotes a team progressed to the NBA Playoffs
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The seventh seed in the West and Eastern Conference has been the most successful with four wins, failing to lose a game in the NBA Play-In Tournament. Due to their seeding, they automatically advance to the NBA Playoffs after earning a win.
The ninth seed has the most wins in the NBA Play-In Tournament. They are 4-0 in Play-in games and 3-1 in their final matchup for the eighth seed, for seven wins.
The eighth seed has the most losses, with seven, because of their automatic qualification for two matches. They are 1-7 all-time in Play-In Tournament matchups.
The 2023 NBA Playoffs will tip-off on Saturday, April 15th - one day after the conclusion of the NBA Play-In Tournament.
The NBA Play-In Tournament will be broadcasted on TNT and ESPN nationally. It may also be available on local television networks, subject to agreement.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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