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LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is guarded by Klay Thompson as we look at the NBA Play-In Tournament odds
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is guarded by Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP.

The 2023 NBA Playoffs are nearly set, with just the play-in tournament remaining to determine the final two spots for each conference. Read on as we track the betting odds for this year's play-in tournament using the latest NBA odds

The opening round of the 2023 NBA Postseason is slated to begin Saturday, as 12 teams are officially in the dance. The final four spots (two in each conference) will be decided by this year's eight-team play-in tournament.

A version of the play-in tourney has been in place since 2020 and serves as a nice appetizer for the upcoming postseason. This year's event features some marquee teams, including the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers, both of whom will be in action on Tuesday to kick this thing off.

2023 NBA play-in tournament schedule

Tuesday, April 11

  • Game 1: Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat | 7:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 2: Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers | 10 p.m. ET (TNT)

Wednesday, April 12

  • Game 3: Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors | 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • Game 4: Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans | 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Friday, April 14

  • Game 5: Winner of Game 3 at Loser of Game 1 (TNT)
  • Game 6: Winner of Game 4 at Loser of Game 2 (ESPN)

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2023 NBA play-in tournament odds

Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans

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NBA play-in tournament FAQ

What is the NBA play-in tournament?

The NBA play-in tournament determines the final two seeds from each conference in the NBA playoffs, as only the top six seeds are guaranteed a spot. In the past, the top eight seeds were guaranteed a spot, but now the team that ranks ninth or 10th in the standings can play their way into the playoffs. 

NBA play-in tournament format

The ninth and 10th seeds will face off, with the winner of that game having the opportunity to steal the eighth seed from the loser of the game featuring the seventh and eighth seed.

You need to win only one game to make the playoffs if you finish the regular season as the seventh or eighth seed. For a team to qualify for the playoffs if it finishes ninth or 10th in its respective conference, two games must be won. 

NBA play-in tournament schedule

April 11East 7 vs. East 8
April 11West 7 vs. West 8
April 12East 9 vs. East 10
April 12West 9 vs. West 10
April 14East 7/8 loser vs. East 9/10 winner
April 14West 7/8 loser vs. West 9/10 winner

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