NBA In-Season Tournament Ready to Tip Off

Check out the early schedule of games and the six groups of teams in the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament.

October 30, 2023

The NBA’s inaugural In-Season Tournament begins Friday, Nov. 3, and will culminate with the final game in Las Vegas on Dec. 9.

The format loosely mirrors soccer’s World Cup, with group play and knockout rounds. Here are the groups:

West Group A

Memphis Grizzlies
Phoenix Suns
LA Lakers
Utah Jazz
Portland Trail Blazers

West Group B

Denver Nuggets
LA Clippers
New Orleans Pelicans
Dallas Mavericks
Houston Rockets

West Group C

Sacramento Kings
Golden State Warriors
Minnesota Timberwolves
Oklahoma City Thunder
San Antonio Spurs

East Group A

Philadelphia 76ers
Cleveland Cavaliers
Atlanta Hawks
Indian Pacers
Detroit Pistons

East Group B

Milwaukee Bucks
New York Knicks
Miami Heat
Washington Wizards
Charlotte Hornets

East Group C

Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Toronto Raptors
Chicago Bulls
Orlando Magic

The first slate of games will be Friday, Nov. 3:

Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers, 7 p.m. ET
New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks, 7:30 p.m. ET
Washington Wizards at Miami Heat, 8 p.m. ET
Brooklyn Nets at Chicago Bulls, 8 p.m. ET
Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8 p.m. ET
Dallas Mavericks at Denver Nuggets, 10 p.m. ET
Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. ET

…the Bucks and Celtics have the lowest odds to win the tournament at +900, followed by the Nuggets (+1000), Suns (+1100) and Warriors (+1200).

The entire schedule is listed here.

Currently on Tipico Sportsbook, the Bucks and Celtics have the lowest odds to win the tournament at +900, followed by the Nuggets (+1000), Suns (+1100) and Warriors (+1200).

The NBA outlines all the details here, but these are the basics:

DATES – The action begins Nov. 3 and will culminate with the championship on Dec. 9.

GROUPS – There are six groups consisting of five teams each. The teams have been placed in their groups at random, but the teams remain within their conference. The teams were randomly drawn into their groups based on their won-loss record and through a system of five “pots.”

GROUP PLAY — Beginning Nov. 3 and continuing through Tuesday, Nov. 28, each team will play four group games on so-called “Tournament Nights” one game against each opponent in its group, with two games at home and two on the road.

KNOCKOUT ROUNDS — Eight teams will qualify – the first-place teams in the six groups and two wild-card teams, which will be the best second-place team in each conference. The KO rounds will be the quarterfinals on Dec. 4-5, followed by the semifinals and championship.

HOW DOES THIS AFFECT THE REGULAR SEASON? — All 67 games in group play and the knockout rounds will count toward the regular season, with the exception of the championship game. All teams will play 82 regular-season games, as usual, including these games.

PRIZES – There will be a tournament MVP and All-Tournament team. There will also be a prize pool for teams that advance, adding some extra financial incentive for players. The results of the tournament will have no bearing on playoff seedings or home court advantage.

Alex Valdes
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