The NBA is increasingly likely to have a play-in tournament for the final seeds of the Eastern and Western Conference playoffs. The concept is designed to incentivize more teams to pursue a playoff berth and to also create more lucrative revenue streams.
A four-team tournament between the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth seeds for the final two playoff spots in each conference is considered the most likely scenario.
The tournament would begin with No. 7 hosting No. 8, and the winner locking into the No. 7 spot. Meanwhile, No. 9 would face No. 10, with the winner advancing to play the loser of the 7-versus-8 matchup for the No. 8 seed.
The No. 7 and No. 8 seed would therefore have two opportunities to win a game to advance to the playoffs.
The discussions about the play-in tournament have so far not included a standings trigger.