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Finalized NBA play-in tournament bracket for each conference

We take a look at which teams will be competing in the NBA play-in tournament to decide the 7 and 8 seeds in each conference.

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors reacts to his three point basket during the game against the Phoenix Suns on May 11, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

The NBA play-in tournament field is set and will begin on Tuesday, May 18 and will run through Friday, May 21. After that, the 2021 NBA playoffs will get going on Saturday, May 22, so there’s not much down time between the play-in and postseason. We know which four teams will be competing from each conference to see who will claim the 7 and 8 seeds. Let’s go over the format and then look at the brackets for both the East and West.

NBA Play-in Tournament Format

The play-in tournament will consist of four teams from each conference places 7th through 10th. The 7-seed and 8-seed will play to decide who will be the 7-seed. The 9-seed and 10-seed will play with the winner facing the loser from the 7-8 game to decide who will be the 8-seed. If that’s a bit confusing, the NBA maps it out a bit better at this link. Let’s take a look at the bracket in each conference.

Update: The Wizards blew out the Pacers 142-115 to claim the 8th seed in the East and will face the Sixers in the first round.

Update: The Pacers defeated the Hornets 144-117 to advance to the 8-seed game on Thursday. The Celtics defeated the Wizards 118-100 to advance to play the Nets in the first round.

Eastern Conference Play-in Tournament bracket

8th seed game

No. 8 seed Washington Wizards
No. 9 seed Indiana Pacers

No. 7 seed Boston Celtics
No. 8 seed Washington Wizards

The winner of this game will be awarded the 7-seed and will face the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs. The loser will face the Pacers for the 8-seed.

No. 9 seed Indiana Pacers
No. 10 seed Charlotte Hornets

The winner of this game will face the loser of Celtics-Hornets to see who is the 8-seed. The loser of this game is eliminated from playoff contention.

The 8-seed will face the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round.

Western Conference Play-in Tournament bracket

Update: The Lakers defeated the Warriors 103-100 to claim the 7-seed and will face the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs.

No. 8 Golden State Warriors
No. 9 Memphis Grizzlies

No. 7 seed Los Angeles Lakers
No. 8 seed Golden State Warriors

The winner of this game will be awarded the 7-seed and will face the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs.

No. 9 seed Memphis Grizzlies
No. 10 seed San Antonio Spurs

The winner of this game will face the loser of Lakers-Warriors to see who is the 8-seed. The loser of this game is eliminated from playoff contention.

The 8-seed will face the Utah Jazz in the first round.