When Do the NBA Playoffs Start? (When is the Play-In Tournament?)

When do the NBA Playoffs start? Dates and schedule for NBA postseason, including the play-in tournament.
When do the NBA Playoffs start? Dates and schedule for NBA postseason, including the play-in tournament. / (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

The home stretch of the NBA regular season is here, and that means the playoffs are right around the corner. Teams will jockey for seeding over the final few weeks as some vie for home-court advantage, while others seek a spot in the play-in tournament.

Here's everything you need to know about the start of the NBA postseason.

When Do the 2023 NBA Playoffs Start?

The final day of the 2022-23 NBA regular season is Sunday, April 9. Teams must then set their rosters for the postseason by 3 p.m. ET on April 10. The first round of the playoffs officially begins on Saturday, April 15.

2022-23 NBA Playoffs Schedule by Round


Start Date

Play In-Tournament

April 11

First Round

April 15

Conference Semifinals

May 1-2 (or April 29-30, if needed)

Conference Finals

May 16-17 (or May 14-15, if needed)

NBA Finals

June 1

When is the 2023 NBA Play-In Tournament

The 2023 NBA Play-In Tournament will feature eight teams (seeds 7-10 in each conference) fighting for the final four spots in the playoffs. This event is set to start on Tuesday, April 11, and conclude on Friday, April 14.

NBA Play-In Tournament Dates and Schedule 2023





Tuesday, April 11

East: 7-seed vs 8-seed


Tuesday, April 11

West: 7-seed vs. 8-seed


Wednesday, April 12

East: 9-seed vs. 10-seed


Wednesday, April 12

West: 9-seed vs. 10-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

Full 2023 NBA Finals Schedule




Thursday, June 1


Sunday, June 4


Wednesday, June 7


Friday, June 9

5* (*if necessary)

Monday, June 12

6* (*if necessary)

Thursday, June 15

7* (*if necessary)

Sunday, June 18

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