Find All Here: The format, schedule, and matches for the 2022 NBA play-in tournament.
The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers were favourites to win the NBA title in 2021-22. The Lakers are gone, and the Nets' playoff dreams hang in the balance.
But what is the format of the preliminary tournament? And how does it function?
The play-in round begins Tuesday with winner-take-all games between the 7th and 10th seeds in each conference. Last chance playoff places.
What is the play-in format?
The 7th and 8th seeds will have two opportunities to win a play-in game, while the 9th and 10th seeds must win two games in a row.
"Seven-Eight Game": Each conference's 7th seed will host the 8th seed. "Seven-Eight Game" winner gets 7th seed in playoffs.
"Nine-Ten Game": 9th vs. 10th. The loser is out of the playoffs.
The winner of each conference's "Seven-Eight" game will host the winner of the "Nine-Ten" game. The winner will get the 8th playoff seed.
The top six clubs in each conference progress automatically. The teams in 7th through 10th place must win a play-in tournament to qualify for the playoffs.
Which teams will compete in the 2022 play-in tournament?
April 15th, Friday
When are the 2022 play-ins?
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