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2021 NBA Play-in Tournament

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The 2021 NBA Play-in Tournament took place during the 2020–21 NBA season for teams ranked 7–10 in each conference to determine the 7th and 8th seeds to play in the playoffs. The tournament was held from May 18 to May 21.


On November 19, 2020, the NBA Board of Governors approved a format for the 2020–21 season to have a playoff Play-In Tournament involving the teams that ranked 7th through 10th in each conference. The format is similar to the first two rounds of the Page-McIntyre System for a four-team playoff. The 9th place team hosts the 10th place team in an elimination game. The 7th hosts the 8th place team in the double-chance game, with the winner advancing as the 7-seed. The loser of this game then hosts the winner of the elimination game between the 9th and 10th place teams to determine the 8-seed. The NBA's regular playoff format would then proceed as normal.[1]

Schedule and Bracket[edit]

Eastern Conference Play-in[edit]

  Play-In #8 Seed Game Final Seeds
7 Boston 118  
8 Washington 100         7 Boston No. 7 Seed
      8 Washington 142   8 Washington No. 8 Seed
  9 Indiana 115  
9 Indiana 144
10 Charlotte 117  

(7) Boston Celtics vs. (8) Washington Wizards[edit]

May 18
Washington Wizards 100, Boston Celtics 118
Scoring by quarter: 21–27, 33–25, 26–38, 20–28
Pts: Bradley Beal 22
Rebs: Russell Westbrook 14
Asts: Bradley Beal 6
Pts: Jayson Tatum 50
Rebs: Tristan Thompson 12
Asts: Marcus Smart 6

(9) Indiana Pacers vs. (10) Charlotte Hornets[edit]

May 18
Charlotte Hornets 117, Indiana Pacers 144
Scoring by quarter: 24–40, 21–29, 33–39, 39–36
Pts: Miles Bridges 23
Rebs: Bridges, Rozier 8
Asts: Terry Rozier 6
Pts: Oshae Brissett 23
Rebs: Domantas Sabonis 21
Asts: Domantas Sabonis 9
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

Washington Wizards vs. Indiana Pacers[edit]

May 20
Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards
Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

Western Conference Play-in[edit]

  Play-In #8 Seed Game Final Seeds
7 LA Lakers 103  
8 Golden State 100         7 LA Lakers No. 7 Seed
      8 Golden State 112   9 Memphis No. 8 Seed
  9 Memphis 117  
9 Memphis 100
10 San Antonio 96  

(7) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Golden State Warriors[edit]

May 19
10:00pm (7:00 pm PDT)
Golden State Warriors 100, Los Angeles Lakers 103
Scoring by quarter: 28–22, 27–20, 24–35, 21–26
Pts: Stephen Curry 37
Rebs: Kevon Looney 13
Asts: Draymond Green 8
Pts: Anthony Davis 25
Rebs: Anthony Davis 12
Asts: LeBron James 10
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 6,022

(9) Memphis Grizzlies vs. (10) San Antonio Spurs[edit]

May 19
7:30pm (6:30 pm CDT)
San Antonio Spurs 96, Memphis Grizzlies 100
Scoring by quarter: 19–38, 30–18, 16–16, 31–28
Pts: DeRozan, Gay 20
Rebs: Dejounte Murray 13
Asts: Dejounte Murray 11
Pts: Dillon Brooks 24
Rebs: Jonas Valančiūnas 23
Asts: Ja Morant 6
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

(8) Golden State Warriors vs. (9) Memphis Grizzlies[edit]

May 21
9:00pm (6:00 pm PDT)
Memphis Grizzlies 117, Golden State Warriors 112 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 30–29, 32–20, 16–24, 21–26Overtime: 18–13
Pts: Ja Morant 35
Rebs: Jonas Valančiūnas 12
Asts: Anderson, Morant 6
Pts: Stephen Curry 39
Rebs: Draymond Green 16
Asts: Draymond Green 10
Chase Center, San Francisco, California
Attendance: 7,505
Referees: Scott Foster, Eric Lewis, James Williams

Media coverage[edit]


ESPN and TNT will broadcast the play-in tournament nationally in the United States. [2] TNT will carry the East play-in, while ESPN will carry the West. In Canada the play-in tournament was carried nationally by TSN.[3]


  1. "NBA announces structure and format for 2020-21 season". NBA.com. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  2. "NBA playoff schedule 2021: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for play-in, playoff games".
  3. "What channel is the NBA on in Canada? Your 2020-21 NBA broadcast schedule".

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