The 2023 NBA Playoffs are just around the corner! The Golden State Warriors are the current defending champions - will they be able to hold onto their crown? The sixteen best teams will face off in four rounds of action in a best-of-seven series to determine the 2023 NBA champions in the NBA FInals held in June.
The top 12 teams have already qualified for the Playoffs. The teams in 7th through to 10th place will compete in the NBA Play-In tournament, the preliminary stage to determine the final playoff spots for each Conference. The Play-In tournament will commence on April 11-14. The first round of the NBA Playoffs will start on April 15.
Here's everything you need to know about the NBA 2023 Playoffs.
(* dates subject to change dependent on results and if there are tie-breakers involved).
The No. 7-10 seeds from the Eastern Conference and Western Conference are set to participate in the NBA's third annual play-in tournament.
Each Conference's No. 9 and 10 teams will face off in Play-In brackets, with the winners advancing to play the loser of the No. 7 Vs. No. 8 games. This decides the No. 8 seeded position, the final playoff spot in the Conferences.
TBD once the NBA Play-In tournament has concluded to determine the final slots in the playoffs - watch this space!
The NBA Play-In Tournament will begin after the conclusion of the 2022-23 NBA regular season and before the 2023 NBA playoffs.
The losers of these two games are eliminated.
The two winners of these games are No. 8 seed in their respective Conference. The losing teams are eliminated and misses out on the 2023 NBA Playoffs.
Rivalry is the home of sports and esports betting. Keep an eye on this page, where we will keep it updated with all the latest information, updated standings, and match results!
The NBA playoffs begin with the Play-In tournament, which will run from April 11-14. After that, the first round of the playoffs starts on April 15. Play will continue until June 1, which is the NBA Finals.
Typically 16 teams, the eight teams with the better regular season record from both conferences, make it to the NBA playoffs.
The NBA Playoffs and Play-Ins will be broadcast live on ABC, ESPN, and TNT. Most traditional cable/satellite subscriptions should have packages including these channels so you won't have to miss a second of the action.
A tiebreaker comes into effect when two teams have the same record heading into the post season. Often when two teams are tied, their better overall winning percentage is analyzed, alongside their Conference win/loss percentage and better winning percentages in games against each other.
The NBA has produced some legendary players over the years, including LeBron James and Michael Jordan as just two of the best NBA players. Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the league's alpha, winning a championship and Finals MVP award in 2021.