The Eastern Conference half of the In-Season Tournament quarterfinals are set, and who knows? Maybe it’s a preview of things to come in the actual playoffs.
But no matter how you feel about that possibility, here are the facts and they cannot be disputed:
The Indiana Pacers will host the Boston Celtics in one East quarterfinal, with the Milwaukee Bucks hosting the New York Knicks in the other.
Now that Group play has ended, whoever loses is out — as the knockout round is just like the NCAA Tournament. One game, and it’s win or go home.
We will have a separate post on the Western Conference quarterfinals once they are completely set. Right now, one is — and that features the Los Angeles Lakers hosting the Phoenix Suns.
Teams that did not qualify for the quarterfinals will have regular-season games scheduled for next week.
Knicks to visit Bucks in one East quarterfinal in NBA In-Season Tourney. Celtics at Pacers in the other. Everyone else in East is out. More hoops https://t.co/07DB6szupr.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) November 29, 2023