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Playoffs Schedule for 2023

The NBA playoffs kick off on April 15 and last until May, with the Finals taking place in June. 

Though, we must say that the play-in tournament starts earlier and is set between April 11 and 14. 

Before the Finals, we have the conference battles consisting of three stages – the first round, conference semifinals, and the conference finals. All four series are played in a best-of-seven format, with the higher-ranked seed having the home-court edge. The games are usually every second day, with the note that sometimes is a pause when teams change locations and have to travel. 

An Expert’s Guide to the NBA Playoffs

The NBA Playoffs feature the top 16 teams in the league, eight from each conference, competing for the ultimate prize. It’s an 82-game journey to reach the NBA Playoffs, but the action really heats up when the postseason begins.

The NBA Finals typically provide a kickoff to summer as an NBA champion is crowned in June. The best collection of basketball talent in the world is on display in the NBA Playoffs each year, and it draws rooting interest from around the world.

How NBA Playoffs Work

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Unlike the NCAA Tournament which is a one-and-done style, the NBA Playoffs are played in series. Teams compete within their conference for the first three rounds before the crossover begins in the NBA Finals.

Teams are seeded based on regular-season records, and the bracket is established before the playoffs begin. There is no re-seeding that is done, and the bracket never changes.

The NBA Finals features a best-of-seven format with the home-court advantage being split between the two teams. Each year the NBA champion is awarded the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.


The 2021 NBA Playoff bracket will be the same as it always has been in the past, even though there will be a play-in tournament to determine the final two seeds. NBA Playoff brackets don’t change as teams get eliminated like what occurs in other sports.

The top overall seed in each conference will take on the number eight seed, and the rest of the teams will just fall in line from there. The top two teams in each conference would not meet up until the conference finals if they get that far.

2023: Play-In Tournament

The 2023 NBA Playoffs will feature the play-in tournament for the final two seeds in the NBA Playoffs. The top six spots will be locked in after the regular season, but the 7-10 seeds will all compete for a spot in the NBA Playoffs.

The 7-8 seeds and 9-10 seeds will square off first. The winner of the 7-8 game will automatically be the number 7 seed. The eighth seed will then take on the 9-10 seed winner for the final spot in the NBA Playoffs.

How to Watch NBA Playoffs

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The NBA Playoffs are shown live on a number of different channels, but TNT has the rights to the most coverage during the first few rounds of the NBA Playoffs. TNT is also the home of the Western Conference Finals, while ESPN has the Eastern Conference.

The NBA Finals are shown on ABC each year as that company has signed a deal with the league for broadcasting rights. NBATV also shows some first-round playoff games depending on how many games are on the schedule each night.

2022 NBA Playoffs to 2023 

The Golden State Warriors had another successful run at the title, beating the Boston Celtics in the Finals in six games, despite losing the opening contest of the series, and falling behind 2-1 in Boston. 

This was the fourth title for the dynasty from the Bay Area, that became immortal and one of the best generations in the history of basketball, led by Steph Curry and Klay Thomspon, with the guidance of the head coach, Steve Kerr.

History of NBA Playoffs

The NBA first adopted the 16-team NBA Playoff format in 1984, and there has been little change since that time. The first two rounds of the playoffs used to be the best-of-give series, but now all of the rounds require four wins to advance.

In 2005-06 the league made an additional change to the playoff format by changing it so the teams with the two best records in the NBA would not have to meet up in the second round. Division winners are still guaranteed a top-four seed, but two teams from the same division could be the two top seeds.

The Los Angeles Lakers have made 62 appearances in the NBA Playoffs, which is the most of any franchise. The Boston Celtics are second on the list with 58 total playoff appearances.

The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have each won 17 NBA Championships, tied for the most all-time.


When do the NBA playoffs start?

The NBA Playoffs typically begin at the beginning of April, with the NBA Finals taking place in May/June. The NBA Playoffs don’t start until each team has played an entire regular season schedule.

How do NBA playoffs work?

The NBA Playoffs are played in four different rounds, and teams compete in their respective conference until a conference champion is determined. The winning team from each conference then faces off in the NBA Finals for the right to win the NBA Championship.

How many teams make the NBA playoffs?

There are 16 total teams that make the NBA Playoffs each year. The top eight seeds from the Eastern and Western Conference qualify for the postseason.

How many games are in NBA playoffs usually?

The NBA Playoffs are broken up into four different rounds, and each round is a best-of-seven series. It takes 16 total wins to capture the NBA championship.

How many rounds in NBA playoffs are there?

There are four rounds in the NBA Playoffs, with the first three rounds being played in each conference. The final round, the NBA Finals, features the champions of both the Eastern and Western Conference.


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