NBA is Considering a Play-In Game for the 7th and 8th Playoff Seeds; How It Would Work

The first thing the NBA needs to do is go to a 1-16 playoff format, taking the eight best times from both conferences.

Before anything else happens, that should happen.

But, a Play-in game is being discussed.

The play-in proposal that has generated the most discussion, according to several sources: two four-team tournaments featuring the seventh, eighth, ninth, and 10th seeds in each conference. The seventh seed would host the eighth seed, with the winner of that single game nabbing the seventh spot, sources say. Meanwhile, the ninth seed would host the 10th seed, with the winner of that game facing the loser of the 7-versus-8 matchup for the final playoff spot.

The implementation of a play-in tournament is not imminent. It falls behind the one-and-done rule and perhaps reseeding the playoffs 1-16 regardless of conference in the current reform pecking order. (It could go hand-in-hand with that change, only with one play-in tournament instead of separate brackets for each conference.)

Is this something you would be interested in?

Don’t expect it anytime soon, but change is coming.