NBA In-Season Tournament clinching scenarios: How did the final games of Group Play impact the standings?

On the final day of Group Play in the NBA’s inaugural In-Season Tournament, the picture for the Knockout Round has taken shape.

Following the final day of the NBA’s In-Season Tournament Group Play, here’s a look at the teams who have moved one step closer to the grand prize of $500,000 per player.

MORE: NBA In-Season Tournament standings, results, schedule

Final Group Play games, results

Game Time (ET) Result
Bulls at Celtics 7:30 p.m. Celtics 124, Bulls 97
Raptors at Nets 7:30 p.m. Nets 115, Raptors 103 
Hawks at Cavaliers 7:30 p.m. Cavaliers 128, Hawks 105
Bucks at Heat 7:30 p.m. Bucks 131, Heat 124
Hornets at Knicks 7:30 p.m. Knicks 115, Hornets 91
Thunder at Timberwolves 8 p.m. Timberwolves 106, Thunder 103
Rockets at Mavericks 8:30 p.m. Mavericks 121, Rockets 115
Warriors at Kings 10 p.m. Kings 124, Warriors 123

NBA In-Season Tournament Groups clinched

East Group A

The Pacers have clinched East Group A

After posting a perfect 4-0 record in Group Play, Indiana will host a Quarterfinal game on Monday, Dec. 4 against the Boston Celtics.

East Group B

The Bucks have clinched East Group B

After finishing Group Play with a 4-0 record, the Bucks take out top spot in Group B and will host the New York Knicks on Tuesday, Dec. 5. 

East Group C

The Celtics have clinched East Group C 

The Celtics finished Group Play with a 3-1 record, tied with the Knicks, Magic, and Nets, but advance as the winner of Group C.

West Group A

The Lakers have clinched West Group A

After posting a perfect 4-0 record in Group Play, Los Angeles will host a Quarterfinal game against the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 4.

West Group B

The Pelicans have clinched West Group B

New Orleans finished with a 3-1 record, securing their spot after the Mavs’ win over the Rockets. They will face the Sacramento Kings on Monday, Dec. 4

West Group C

The Kings have clinched West Group C 

Sacramento secured their spot in the Knockout Round against the Pelicans, with a last-gasp 124-123 win over the Warriors.

NBA In-Season Tournament Group Play tiebreakers, explained

Per the NBA, this is the sequence in which ties among two or more teams in a group are broken:

  • Head-to-head record in the Group Stage;
  • Point differential in the Group Stage;
  • Total points scored in the Group Stage;
  • Regular-season record from the 2022-23 NBA regular season; and
  • Random drawing (in the unlikely scenario that two or more teams are still tied following the previous tiebreakers).

Based on the above order, point differential will be the first tiebreaker, meaning teams will have a greater sense of urgency in late-game situations, regardless of whether or not they are leading on trailing by a big number.

What happens to teams that are eliminated from the NBA In-Season Tournament?

The 22 teams that do not qualify for the Knockout Rounds will play two regular-season games during tournament off nights that week (Dec. 6 and 8). The four teams that lose in the Quarterfinals will play a regular-season game on Dec. 8.


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