NBA Bets: How Does the Play-in Tournament Work?

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The play-in tournament of the NBA was one of the NBA’s novelties during the Disney bubble to end the 19/20 season. But the tournament is here to stay, and this season, the NBA is already in the Play-in phase. In this article, we tell you everything about the NBA Play-in tournament 20/21 so that you can keep on following the season and be able to place your bets on your favorite games.

What is the NBA Play-in Tournament?

The NBA Play-In is the method to determine the last two playoff qualifiers from each conference. The teams that have finished between 7th and 10th place, once the regular league has concluded, will enter the play-in tournament.

How many games will be played?

There will be six games in total played by eight teams, four from the Eastern Conference and four from the Western Conference.

How does the NBA Play-in work?

In the NBA regular season, teams that finish 1st through 6th in each conference are guaranteed playoff positions. Teams ranked 7-10 in the standings will enter the play-in.

Any team that finishes worse than No. 10 will be in the lottery. There is a possibility that teams could finish with an uneven number of games played due to COVID-19 complications. Hence the NBA will use the winning percentage to determine the standings.

The winning team of the match between 7th and 8th will get the automatic qualification for the Playoffs in their respective Conference.


The loser of that match will be home to the winner of the 9th and 10th. The winner of this new match will be the 8th qualifier for the Playoffs in their respective Conference.

Thus, the 7th or 8th placed team would have to lose two games in a row to miss out on the Playoffs. And would only have to win one to guarantee their participation.

When does the Play-in start?

The play-in takes place at the end of the regular season (scheduled for 16 May), and before the start of the playoffs. The NBA tournament phase 20/21 will be played between 18 and 21 May.

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