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2024 NBA Playoffs Schedule

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The NBA Playoffs start this week with the top eight seeds from the Eastern and Western Conferences battling for the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. 

The 2024 NBA Playoffs schedule includes six games in the AT&T NBA Play-In Tournament and the four best-of-seven rounds to determine the champion. Keep reading for more information on the 2024 NBA Playoffs schedule and format. 

2024 AT&T NBA Play-In Tournament

A new, expanded postseason format was officially adopted in 2023 with the seventh through 10th seeds competing in the AT&T NBA Play-In Tournament.

The tournament begins on April 16 with the In-Season Tournament Champion L.A. Lakers taking on New Orleans and Golden State facing Sacramento in the Western Conference. Miami meets Philadelphia and Atlanta faces Chicago on Wednesday in Eastern Conference action. 

The winner of Game 4 will face the loser of Game 3 and the winner of Game 2 will take on the loser of Game 1. The top two teams out of each conference will advance to the NBA Playoffs as the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds, respectively.

2024 NBA Playoff Schedule

Eight teams will advance out of the First Round and into the NBA Conference Semifinals. Those games are set to begin on April 20 and Game 1 of the 2024 NBA Finals is slated for June 6. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder are the top seed in the Western Conference and will face the No. 8 seed from the Play-In Tournament in the first round. The Denver Nuggets, who won the franchise’s first NBA title a year ago, will play against the No. 7 seed. Minnesota, the L.A. Clippers, Dallas and Phoenix round out the middle four seeds.

The Boston Celtics, who recorded a league-low 18 losses in the regular season, are the top team in the East. They are followed by the New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers. Boston and New York will battle the No. 8 and No. 7 seeds, respectively.

NBA Playoffs History

Since the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy was introduced in 1977, the Los Angeles Lakers have led the field with 11 NBA championships. That includes a run of three consecutive titles starting in 2000. The Chicago Bulls rank second thanks to six titles in the 1990s and the San Antonio Spurs are close behind with five. The Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and Houston Rockets also have multiple titles. 

Get NBA Playoff Tickets

If your team is still in contention, start making plans now to secure NBA Playoffs tickets from TicketSmarter. You can also visit individual team pages to find seats throughout the end of the season.