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Before the 2023 NBA playoffs officially start on April 15, four teams from each conference will participate in a Play-In Tournament for the seventh and eighth seeds in their respective conferences.

Here’s everything you need to know about the NBA’s Play-In Tournament:

When is the Play-In Tournament?

April 11
Play-In Game 1 (East 7 vs. East 8)
Play-In Game 2 (West 7 vs. West 8)

April 12
Play-In Game 3 (East 9 vs. East 10)
Play-In Game 4 (West 9 vs. West 10)

April 14
Play-In Game 5 (Loser East 7/8 vs. Winner East 9/10)
Play-In Game 6 (Loser West 7/8 vs. Winner West 9/10)

[2023 NBA Playoffs Schedule: How to watch, dates, TV, Finals]


How does Play-In Tournament work?

The seventh and eighth seeds in each conference will play in the first Play-In games on April 11, and the ninth and tenth seeds in each conference will play on April 12. The winners of the 7-8 games will advance to the playoffs as the No. 7 seed. The losers of the 7-8 games will face the winners of the 9-10 games on April 14, with the No. 8 seed on the line.

The losers of the 9-10 games are disqualified from playoff contention.

Who’s competing in the Play-In Tournament?

As of April 6, this is how the Play-In Tournament is shaping up:


7. Miami Heat vs. 8. Atlanta Hawks

9. Toronto Raptors vs. 10. Chicago Bulls


7. Los Angeles Lakers vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans

9. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. 10. Oklahoma City Thunder

[2023 NBA Playoff Picture, Bracket: Updated standings, matchups, seeds]

How can I watch the Play-In Tournament?

The Play-In Tournament will broadcast on ESPN and TNT.

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