NBA In-Season Tournament: Lakers and Suns, Bucks, and Knicks to Face in Knockout Round

Milwaukee Bucks' forward Giannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee Bucks' forward Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2018. Photo by Jevone Moore/Cal Sport Media/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9485611ac)

The group stage of the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament has wrapped up this week, revealing all four matchups of the knockout round. 

In the Eastern Conference part of the bracket, the No.1 seed Milwaukee Bucks will face the fourth-seeded New York Knicks, while the Indiana Pacers host the Boston Celtics.

Western Conference quarterfinals will feature a clash between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns, as well as a duel between the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans.

The knockout stage will be played in a single-elimination format. The quarterfinal matches are scheduled on December 4 and December 5. The semifinals will take place on December 7, followed by the Championship game two days later. The semifinals and Championship game will take place at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

The winner of the NBA In-Season tournament will get to lift the NBA Cup trophy, with each player on the team earning $500,000 in prize money.

NBA officially announced the In-Season Tournament this past summer. It saw all 30 teams compete in six groups, with winners of each group, alongside two wild-card teams, advancing to the knockout stage. All the games played during the In-Season Tournament count as regular-season games.

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