NBA Play-In Tournament Schedule, Format and Teams for 2023 Playoffs (How Does it Work?)

NBA Play-In Tournament Schedule, Format and Teams for 2023 Playoffs (How Does it Work?)


The 2022-23 NBA season officially wraps up on Sunday, which means the playoffs are right around the corner. The postseason will begin with the play-in tournament, which determines the final two seeds in each conference.

Here's everything you need to know about the 2023 NBA Play-In Tournament.

When Does the NBA Play-In Tournament Start?

The NBA Play-In Tournament will officially begin on Tuesday, April 11 with the 7-seed vs. 8-seed games in each conference. Then the 9 vs. 10 matchups in the east and west will take place on Wednesday, April 12.

After a one-day break, the final games of the play-in tournament will be held on Friday, April 14. The NBA Playoffs tip off the next day on April 15.

How Does the NBA Play-In Tournament Work?

The NBA Play-In Tournament is used to determine the final two seeds of each conference in the playoffs. The teams that finished No. 7-10 in the standings at the end of the regular season in both the east and west will participate.

Play begins with the 7 vs. 8 matchup in each conference. The winners become the official 7-seed and move on to face the 2-seed in their respective conference during the playoffs.

The losers, meanwhile, are forced to play in the win-or-go-home 8-seed game. Their opponent will be determined by the 9 vs. 10 matchup. Whoever emerges victorious from that contest advances with a chance to become the No. 8 seed in the playoffs.

How Many Games Are in the NBA Play-In Tournament?

The NBA Play-In Tournament features a total of six games. There is a 7-seed vs. 8-seed matchup in both conferences, as well as a 9 vs. 10 showdown. Then the tournament concludes with the eighth-place contest for both the east and west.

The winners of the 7 vs. 8 game automatically advance to the playoffs as the No. 7 seed seed in their conference. The losers play whoever won the 9 vs. 10 matchup to determine who will officially move on as the No. 8 seed in the postseason.

NBA Play-In Tournament Schedule 2023





Tuesday, April 11

East: Hawks vs Heat


Tuesday, April 11

West: 8-seed @ 7-seed


Wednesday, April 12

East: Bulls vs. Raptors


Wednesday, April 12

West: Thunder @ 9-seed


Friday, April 14

East: Loser of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 3


Friday, April 14

West: Loser of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 4

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