After 82 grueling games, the 2021-2022 NBA regular season is finally coming to an end, and 8 teams, four from each conference, are looking to compete in the 2022 NBA Play-In Championship to secure one of the last four post-season spots.
Founded in 2020, the NBA Play-In Tournament has become polarizing among NBA fans because teams with a record well below 0.500 have a chance of making the post-season. Originally, during the short 2019-2020 season, the match was between 8 and 9 seeds. To qualify, teams must be within four games of each other, and if the eighth seed wins, they advance to the post-season; However, if the ninth seed wins, he will go into a second match where the winner advances.
The format changed to its current format during the 2020-2021 season. Under the new format, the tournament qualifiers were expanded to include seeded 7-10. Seeds 9 and 10 play in a single elimination game where the loser goes home. Seeds 7 and 8 face off, and the winner gets the seventh seed, and the loser plays the winner in a game of 9/10 for the eighth seed.
Wire-cutters can find out how to watch all the quick-breaks and slams during the 2022 NBA Play-In Championships below.
2022 NBA Play-In schedule
Tuesday 12 April
- 1 . game: (8) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (7) Brooklyn Nets (7 p.m. ET, TNT)
- 2 . game: (8) Los Angeles Clippers vs (7) Minnesota Timberwolves (9:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
The winners of Tuesday’s games will advance to the NBA playoffs as 7-seeds. The Eastern Conference will begin the tournament when two teams take home from 44th to 38th. The Nets will welcome the Cavaliers to the Barclays Center for the third time this season as the Nets advance 2-0. These two clubs recently played on April 8 in Brooklyn, and the Nets beat the injury-stricken CAFs 118-107. Prior to joining Brooklyn, Kevin Durant’s career record against the Cavs was 11-12, but the former NBA best player has gone 4-1 since joining the Nets.
The Western Conference will conclude tonight when the 42-40 Clippers travel to the center of the goal to face the 46-36 Timberwolves. The T-Wolves have not been in the playoffs since 2018 after the 2018 season, and this year is the club’s second record-breaking win since 2005. Goalkeeper of the Year Anthony Edwards is looking to lead the group against the defeated Clippers. Minnesota 3 out of 4 games this season. The Clippers would be without Kowhi Leonard in play; However, Paul George will return which will give the team a veteran court presence.
Wednesday 13th April
- 3 . game: (10) Charlotte Hornets vs (9) Atlanta Hawks (7 p.m. ET, ESPN)
- 4 . game: (10) San Antonio Spurs vs (9) New Orleans Pelicans (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Friday 15th April
The winners will advance to the NBA Playoffs as 8 seeds.
- 5 . game: Winner in Game 3 vs Loser in Game 1 (TBC*, ESPN)
- 6 . game: Winner in Game 4 vs Loser in Game 2 (TBC*, TNT)
* Match times for Friday, April 15 will be 7:30 PM ET on ESPN and 10 PM ET on TNT if the LA Clippers host, or 7 PM ET on ESPN and 9:30 PM ET on TNT if it’s Minnesota hosts
how to watch
Wire-cutters have quite a few options for watching all six games of the 2022 NBA Play-In Championships on TNT and ESPN.
Subscribers of live TV services can check the chart below to see if your service will broadcast Play-in games.