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NBA In-Season Tournament: All You Need To Know

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New for the 2023-24 season, the NBA In-Season Tournament is a competition for all 30 teams. Made up of two stages, the first round Group Play has been completed as we enter the next stage of the tournament, the Knockout Rounds. If you want to know more about the tournament ahead of the knockout rounds you are in the right place. We will be discussing in more detail below the round and the matchups taking place well as looking at just how the rounds work.

Knockout Rounds matchups

The second stage of the In-Season Tournament is upon us as the eight best teams from the group play advance into the knockout rounds. The Knockout Rounds will begin on December 4th with the quarterfinals, these will be played in home markets. Meanwhile, the Semifinals and Championship will be played in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena.

Quarterfinals – when and where?

Mon., Dec. 4: Celtics at Pacers – 7:30 p.m

Mon., Dec. 4: Pelicans at Kings – 10 p.m

Tue., Dec. 5: Knicks at Bucks – 7:30 p.m

Tue., Dec. 5: Suns at Lakers – 10 p.m

Semifinals – when and where?

Thu., Dec. 7: TBD vs. TBD – 5 p.m.

Thu., Dec. 7: TBD vs. TBD – 9 p.m.

Championship – when and where?

Sat., Dec. 9: TBD vs. TBD – 8:30 p.m.

How the Knockout Rounds work

In a round that consists of single elimination games, beginning with the Quarterfinals, the teams that come out victorious will progress to the Semifinals, and then onto the Championship.

Featuring all three rounds in the space of a week, the quarter-final and semi-final games will count as Regular Season games for all purposes.

The Championship will not be counted as a Regular Season game and will therefore not count towards regular season records and stats.

Once the Championship fixture is confirmed, you can watch the two best battle it out to see who will win the new In-Season tournament trophy, The NBA Cup!

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It may be the inaugural competition of its type, but it is as if it has been running since the start. With such exciting fixtures and a prize to play for becoming the first NBA In-Season Tournament champions lifting the NBA Cup.

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