The inaugural In-Season Tournament concluded its group play, setting the stage for the Knockout Rounds with significant matchups and playoff implications. In the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers secured their spot by winning Group A. The Milwaukee Bucks claimed the top spot in Group B with a victory over the Miami Heat, while the Boston Celtics emerged atop Group C with wins against the Chicago Bulls. The New York Knicks earned the Wild Card spot.
The Eastern Conference quarterfinals matchups are as follows:
Milwaukee Bucks vs. 4. New York Knicks
Indiana Pacers vs. 3. Boston Celtics
In the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers advanced as winners of Group A. The Phoenix Suns secured the Wild Card spot after the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder. Group B saw the Dallas Mavericks defeat the Houston Rockets, earning them a spot in the quarters and eliminating the Rockets. The Sacramento Kings secured their place in the quarters with a thrilling victory over the Golden State Warriors, preventing the Warriors from topping Group C.
The Western Conference quarterfinals matchups are as follows:
Los Angeles Lakers vs. 4. Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings vs. 3. New Orleans Pelicans
The quarterfinals are scheduled for December 4 and 5, leading to the semifinals in Las Vegas on December 7. The final, with the NBA Cup at stake, is set for December 9.