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NBA’s brand new In-Season Tournament is nearly upon us and now we have our schedule for it too. With all 30 NBA franchises taking part it seems the NBA decided to dedicate every Tuesday and Friday, November 07th excluded due to elections in the USA, only for In-Season Tournament matches during the entire month of November. Here is more about the schedule.
NBA In-Season Tournament draw and groups
The 30 NBA teams were split into 6 pools with 5 teams in each. The split was again made on the standard East/West divide and the 6 pools were named East A, B, C and West A, B, C. Here is a reminder of all the pools:
• West Group A: Memphis, Phoenix, the Los Angeles Lakers, Utah and Portland.
• West Group B: Denver, the Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans, Dallas and Houston.
• West Group C: Sacramento, Golden State, Minnesota, Oklahoma City and San Antonio.
• East Group A: Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Indiana and Detroit.
• East Group B: Milwaukee, New York, Miami, Washington and Charlotte.
• East Group C: Boston, Brooklyn, Toronto, Chicago and Orlando.
The first-ever NBA In-Season Tournament schedule in detail
The new NBA In-Season Tournament will start on November 03rd, 2023 with the group stage. The 5 teams in each of the 6 pools will play 2 home and 2 away games during November to determine the pool winners.
Group stage schedule
The NBA decided to call the Tuesdays and Fridays of November “Tournament nights”. On those days of November, the only NBA games that will be played will be In-Season Tournament ones.
“Tournament nights, the idea of playing defined Tuesdays and Fridays in November and designating those as tournament nights where the only games played on those nights will be group play games to convey that added importance — that was actually a suggestion from players,” said Evan Wasch, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Strategy and Analytics.
Here are some of the juiciest clashes of the group stage of the In-Season Tournament that will also be televised:
Friday, Nov. 3
New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks, 00:30 a.m. GMT and 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Dallas Mavericks at Denver Nuggets, 03:00 a.m. GMT and 10 p.m. ET, ESPN
Friday, Nov. 10
Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics, 00:30 a.m. GMT and 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns, 03:00 a.m. GMT and 10 p.m. ET, ESPN
Tuesday, Nov. 14
San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder, 00:30 a.m. GMT and 7:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Los Angeles Clippers at Denver Nuggets, 03:00 a.m. GMT and 10 p.m. ET, ESPN
Friday, Nov. 17
Sacramento Kings at San Antonio Spurs, 00:30 a.m. GMT and 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Phoenix Suns at Utah Jazz, 03:00 a.m. GMT and 10 p.m. ET, ESPN
Tuesday, Nov. 21
Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers, 00:30 a.m. GMT and 7:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers, 03:00 a.m. GMT and 10 p.m. ET, TNT
Friday, Nov. 24
Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic, 7:30 p. m. GMT and 2:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Phoenix Suns at Memphis Grizzlies, 10:00 p.m. GMT and 5 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Miami Heat at New York Knicks, 00:30 a.m. GMT and 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors, 03:00 a.m. GMT and 10 p.m. ET, ESPN
Tuesday, Nov. 28
Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat, 00:30 a.m. GMT and 7:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Golden State Warriors at Sacramento Kings, 03:00 a.m. GMT and 10 p.m. ET, TNT
Knockout stage schedule
Once all group stage games are played between November 03rd and 28th we’ll know our playoff contenders. At the beginning of December on the 04th and 05th, the knockouts will see the teams with better records given home advantage.
The semifinals and the final of the first-ever In-Season Tournament are scheduled for December 07th and 09th respectively. They will be played at a neutral venue in Las Vegas. The final is scheduled for 09th and this is the day in which we will find out our first In-Season Tournament champions.
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