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Tipping off on Nov. 3, the inaugural In-Season Tournament is a first-of-its-kind league-wide tournament for an all-new championship trophy — the NBA Cup.

It’s a brand-new battleground for all 30 teams. A high-stakes tournament featuring single-elimination, win-or-go-home Knockout Rounds that’ll raise the stakes early in the season.

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In-Season Tournament Schedule

We’ll play in 4 Tournament Night games that count towards our regular season record and the single-elimination Knockout Round. Click sign up to get Priority Access to purchase single game tickets before the public.

Fri
11/10
@ San Antonio
7:00 PM
Tue
11/14
@ Golden State
9:00 PM
Fri
11/24
Sacramento
7:00 PM
Tue
11/28
Oklahoma City
7:00 PM

West C Group

Group Play: Nov. 3 - 28

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The winner of each group advances, plus one Wild Card. See all Group Draws.

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Key Dates

FRIDAY, NOV. 3
Tournament Nights begin
TUESDAY, NOV. 28
Tournament Nights end
MONDAY, DEC. 4 -
TUESDAY, DEC. 5
Quarterfinals
THURSDAY, DEC. 7
Semifinals
SATURDAY, DEC. 9
NBA Cup Championship

FAQS

WHAT IS THE NBA IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT?

The NBA In-Season Tournament ("IST") is a new annual competition for all 30 teams that will debut in the 2023-24 season.

WHAT IS GROUP PLAY?

All 30 teams will be randomly drawn into groups of five within their conference based on won-loss records from the 2022-23 regular season. Each team will play four designated Group Play games - one game against each opponent in its group, with two games at home and two on the road. Group Play games will be played on “Tournament Nights,” which will take place every Tuesday and Friday from Nov. 3-28 (with the exception of Election Day on Nov. 7). The only NBA games played on Tournament Nights will be Group Play games.

HOW WERE THE GROUPS DETERMINED?

Before the Group Play draw, each team was placed into a “pot” based on its record from the prior regular season (2022-23). In each conference, one team from each pot was randomly selected into each of the three groups in that conference. Pot 1 had the teams with the three best prior-season records in a conference, Pot 2 had the teams with the fourth- through sixth-best prior-season records and so on through Pot 5.

WHAT ARE THE KNOCKOUT ROUNDS?

The Knockout Rounds will consist of single-elimination games in the IST Quarterfinals (Dec. 4-5), Semifinals (Dec. 7) and Championship (Dec. 9).

WHICH TEAMS ADVANCE TO THE KNOCKOUT ROUNDS?

Eight teams will advance to the Knockout Rounds: the team with the best standing in Group Play games in each of the six groups and one “wild card” team from each conference. The wild card will be the team from each conference with the best record in Group Play games that finished second in its group.

HOW DOES THE IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT AFFECT THE REGULAR SEASON?

Every team will still play an 82-game regular season. All IST games will count toward the regular-season standings except the Championship, which will sit outside the regular season.

For more information about the IST, click here.