The NBA just completed a wild regular season, but as the old saying goes, basketball never stops. Now, fans will shift their attention to the Play-In Tournament.

As it has in previous years, the tournament will determine which teams earn the last two remaining playoff berths in each conference. The relatively new postseason setup should once again deliver exciting contests as players attempt to avoid early exits.

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from the 2023 Play-In Tournament, including a bracket and schedule for upcoming games.

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How does the NBA Play-In Tournament work?

  • The NBA Play-In Tournament will be held after the conclusion of the 2022-23 regular season and before the start of the first round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs. The teams that finish Nos. 1-6 in the standings of each conference will be guaranteed playoff spots. Teams Nos. 7-10 will enter the Play-In Tournament.
  • Each conference’s Nos. 7 and 8 teams will face off, with the winner earning the No. 7 seed in the playoffs. The loser will still have one more opportunity to reach the playoffs.
  • Each conference’s Nos. 9 and 10 teams will face off, with the winner advancing to play the loser of the No. 7-vs.-No. 8 game. The loser of the No. 9-vs.-No. 10 game will be eliminated from playoff contention.
  • The loser of the No. 7-vs.-No. 8 game and the winner of the No. 9-vs.-No. 10 game will then play against each other. The winner of that game will be the No. 8 seed in the playoffs. The loser will be eliminated from playoff contention.
  • Beyond the Play-In Tournament, the 2023 NBA Playoffs will follow the typical format, with full best-of-seven series all the way through the NBA Finals.

When does the NBA Play-In Tournament start?

  • Play-In Tournament: April 11-14
  • NBA Playoffs: April 15

The 2023 NBA Play-In Tournament will begin on Tuesday, April 11. The first round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs will start four days later on Saturday, April 15.

NBA Play-In Tournament bracket 2023

NBA Playoff bracket 2023

NBA Play-In Tournament matchups 2023

Eastern Conference

(7) Heat vs. (8) Hawks

(9) Raptors vs. (10) Bulls

Western Conference

(7) Lakers vs. (8) Timberwolves

(9) Pelicans vs. (10) Thunder

NBA Play-In Tournament schedule

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April 11

GameTime (ET)TV channel
Hawks vs. Heat7:30 p.m.TNT
Timberwolves vs. Lakers10 p.m.TNT

April 12

GameTime (ET)TV channel
Bulls vs. Raptors7 p.m.ESPN
Thunder vs. Pelicans9:30 p.m.ESPN

April 14

GameTime (ET)TV channel
TBD vs. TBD7 or 7:30 p.m.TNT
TBD vs. TBD9:30 or 10 p.m.ESPN

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