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NBA In-Season Tournament: Schedule, results, format, prize money & more

The NBA In-Season Tournament is a new annual competition that debuted in the 2023/24 season, with all 30 teams competing across group play and knockout rounds to win the NBA Cup.

The Los Angeles Lakers won the 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament, defeating the Indiana Pacers in the championship game, 123-109. 

Below you can find all the details regarding this inaugural event.

Why did the NBA add the In-Season Tournament?

The NBA added the In-Season Tournament in 2023/24 to increase interest in the regular season for fans, players and teams, while incentivising players and teams to compete for a new trophy and money reward.

Who won the 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament?

The Los Angeles Lakers won the 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament, defeating the Indiana Pacers in the championship game, 123-109.

NBA In-Season Tournament format

Teams have been sorted into groups of five based on their win-loss record from the previous season, totaling six groups in all.

At the start of the tournament, each team will begin Group Play by playing two road games and two home games - one against each opponent in their respective group - on what are being labeled 'Tournament Nights'.

The teams with the best record within their group will advance to the Knockout Rounds, as well as the best second-placed team earing a wild card spot in each conference.

Eight total teams will then compete in single-elimination games in the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championship, with a prize pool at stake, along with the new NBA Cup Trophy for the winner.

2023 NBA In-Season Tournament schedule, results

Monday, Dec. 4

Quarterfinal: Pacers def. Celtics, 122-112
Quarterfinal: Pelicans def. Kings, 127-117

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Quarterfinal: Bucks def. Knicks, 146-122
Quarterfinal: Lakers def. Suns, 106-103

Thursday, Dec. 7

East semifinal: Pacers def. Bucks, 128-119
West semifinal: Lakers def. Pelicans 133-89

Saturday, Dec. 9

Final: Lakers def. Pacers, 123-109

How to watch the NBA In-Season Tournament

The NBA In-Season Tournament is broadcast on multiple channels in the United States, including TNT, ESPN, ABC, NBA TV, as well as local stations.

NBA In-Season Tournament odds

The outright odds for the 2024 NBA In-Season Tournament are not yet available.

2023 NBA In-Season Tournament group standings

Eastern Conference Group A standings

 WLPSPD
Indiana Pacers  A40546+39
Cleveland Cavaliers  E31474+29
Philadelphia 76ers  E22485+9
Atlanta Hawks  E 13499-32
Detroit Pistons  E04439-45

Eastern Conference Group B standings

 WLPSPD
Milwaukee Bucks  A30502+46
New York Knicks  W31440+42
Miami Heat  E22454+4
Charlotte Hornets  E13419-54
Washington Wizards  E04458-38

Eastern Conference Group C standings

 WLPSPD
Boston Celtics  A31449+27
Orlando Magic  E31446+22
Brooklyn Nets  E31455+20
Toronto Raptors  E13436-21
Chicago Bulls  E04409-48

Western Conference Group A standings

 WLPSPD
Los Angeles Lakers  A40494+74
Phoenix Suns  W31480+34
Utah Jazz  E22469-13
Portland Trail Blazers  E13416-39
Memphis Grizzlies  E04430-56

Western Conference Group B standings

 WLPSPD
New Orleans Pelicans  A31463+33
Houston Rockets  E22424+10
Dallas Mavericks  E22489-8
Denver Nuggets  E22432-10
Los Angeles Clippers  E13446-25

Western Conference Group C standings

 WLPSPD
Sacramento Kings  A40482+30
Minnesota Timberwolves  E314380
Golden State Warriors  E22483+4
Oklahoma City Thunder  E13463+24
San Antonio Spurs  E04429-58

W = wins, L = losses, PS = points scored, PD = point differential, A = advanced, W = wild card berth, E = eliminated

NBA In-Season Tournament Tournament trophy

The winner of the In-Season Tournament will take home the brand-new NBA Cup, a trophy specifically designed for this event. 

NBA In-Season Tournament prize money

Players on teams that advance to the knockout round of the NBA In-Season Tournament will be rewarded handsomely.

Each player on teams that reach the knockout stage will receive $50,000. 

Each player on the team that takes home the NBA Cup will receive $500,000.

NBA In-Season Tournament individual awards

There will be an In-Season Tournament Most Valuable Player named by the NBA at the conclusion of the event, along with a list of players that will represent the All-Tournament team.

LeBron James won the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament MVP award.

Do NBA In-Season Tournament games count towards the regular season?

Yes, all games played in the NBA In-Season Tournament count toward each team's regular season record.

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