LeBron James, Luka Doncic and Mark Cuban could have criticized it, however it’s exhausting to argue the NBA play-in match hasn’t served its supposed objective.
The addition of the match has introduced a brand new stage of intrigue and drama down the ultimate stretch of the common season and inspired groups to compete quite than tank within the hopes of touchdown a greater draft decide. Whereas the play-in format is simple, it might be complicated to many NBA followers at first as a result of it’s a brand new idea to the league. Don’t fear — we’re right here to assist.
Right here’s a breakdown of what to anticipate from the match, together with a bracket and schedule for play-in video games.
NBA play-in format, defined
- The play-in match shall be held after the conclusion of the 2020-21 common season and earlier than the beginning of the primary spherical of the 2021 NBA playoffs. The groups that end Nos. 1-6 within the standings of every convention shall be assured playoff spots. Groups Nos. 7-10 will enter the play-in match.
- Every convention’s Nos. 7 and eight groups will face off, with the winner incomes the No. 7 seed within the playoffs. The loser will nonetheless have yet another alternative to achieve the playoffs.
- Every convention’s Nos. 9 and 10 groups will face off, with the winner advancing to play the loser of the No. 7-vs.-No. eight recreation. The loser of the No. 9-vs.-No. 10 recreation shall be eradicated from playoff rivalry.
- The loser of the No. 7-vs.-No. eight recreation and the winner of the No. 9-vs.-No. 10 recreation will then play in opposition to one another. The winner of that recreation would be the No. eight seed within the playoffs. The loser shall be eradicated from playoff rivalry.
- Past the play-in match, the 2021 NBA playoffs will comply with the everyday format, with full best-of-seven collection during the NBA Finals.
NBA playoff bracket 2021
NBA play-in match schedule
When do the NBA playoffs begin?
- Play-in match: Might 18-21
- NBA playoffs: Might 22
The 2021 NBA play-in match will start on Tuesday, Might 18. The primary spherical of the 2021 NBA plаyoffs will stаrt 4 dаys lаter on Sаturdаy, Mаy 22.
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