Kings playoff chase: What is the Play-In Tournament and how does it work?

Kings playoff chase: What is the Play-In Tournament and how does it work?

(FOX40.COM) — The Sacramento Kings will be one of the eight teams vying for a postseason berth in the Play-In Tournament.

The Kings are locked into the Play-In Tournament after losing 135-123 to the New Orleans Pelicans at home on Thursday. Following the conclusion of the regular season, the Kings will host the Golden State Warriors in a win-or-go home game in the No. 9 vs. No. 10 matchup.

After Sunday, the Kings finished the regular season with the same record as the Warriors (46-36), but have the higher seed due to owning the tiebreaker. The New Orleans Pelicans (No. 7) and the Los Angeles Lakers (No. 8) are the other two teams battling for a spot in the Western Conference Finals.

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The four other teams in the Play-In Tournament are from the Eastern Conference (Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks).

With matchups set, here’s what to know about the NBA Play-In Tournament.

What is the Play-In Tournament? 

The Play-In Tournament started three years ago and determines which teams will have the seventh and eighth playoff seeds in each conference, according to the NBA.

Each conference of the NBA each has eight teams compete in the postseason, but only the top six teams at the end of the regular season automatically qualify for the playoffs.

Teams ranked seventh through 10th in each conference battle for the final two seeds.

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What is the format of Play-In Tournament?

The team who is seventh in each conference hosts the eighth ranked team. The winner of that game secures the No. 7 seed in the playoffs while the loser still has another chance.

Their opponent is determined with the result of the No. 9 vs. No. 10 game.

The No. 9 ranked team hosts the No. 10 team with the winner advancing to play the loser of the No. 7 vs. No. 8 game. The loser of the No. 9 vs. No. 10 game is eliminated from playoff contention.

The losers of the No. 7 vs. No. 8 matchups will host the winners of the No. 9 vs. No. 10 games. The winner of that game clinches a playoff berth as the No. 8 seed and the loser is eliminated.

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When is the Play-In Tournament?

The Play-In Tournament begins Tuesday, April 16 and will conclude on Friday, April 19.

What is the Play-In Tournament Schedule?

Here is the schedule for the Play-In Tournament:
•Tuesday, April 16: No. 8 Lakers at No. 7 Pelicans; 4:30 p.m. PT
•Tuesday, April 16: No. 10 Warriors at No. 9 Kings; 7 p.m. PT
•Wednesday, April 17: No. 8 Heat at No. 7 76ers; 4 p.m. PT
•Wednesday, April 18: No. 10 Hawks at No. 9 Bulls; 6:30 p.m. PT
•Friday, April 19: East 8th seed game; TBD
•Friday, April 19: West 8th seed game; TBD

When does the NBA Playoffs begin? 

The first round of the NBA Playoffs are scheduled to begin on April 20.

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