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Matchups set for NBA In-Season Tournament quarterfinals

Nov 28, 2023, 10:56 PM | Updated: Nov 29, 2023, 8:36 am

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks down court during a break in the first half agains...

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks down court during a break in the first half against the Utah Jazz in an NBA In-Season Tournament game at Crypto.com Arena on November 21, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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The Sacramento Kings, who rallied from a 24-point deficit on Tuesday to complete a perfect run through West Group C in the NBA in-season tournament, earned a home quarterfinal date with the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.

Thanks to a 124-123 win over the visiting Golden State Warriors, the Kings wound up 4-0 in their group.

The Pelicans finished atop West Group B at 3-1.

The other Western Conference quarterfinal matchup will pit two teams from West Group A, the Lakers (4-0) and the wild-card Suns (3-1), next Tuesday in Los Angeles. Phoenix got that spot by winning a point-differential tiebreaker over the Minnesota Timberwolves (3-1). Phoenix wound up at plus-34, while Minnesota had an even point differential.

The first Eastern Conference quarterfinal will be a Monday clash between the East Group A winners, the Indiana Pacers (4-0), and the Celtics. Boston (plus-27 point differential), the Orlando Magic (plus-22) and the Brooklyn Nets (plus-20) all finished 3-1 in East Group C.

The Milwaukee Bucks, who topped East Group B at 4-0, will face the wild-card New York Knicks, who went 3-1 in East Group B, in a quarterfinal next Tuesday. The Knicks (plus-42 point differential) won a tiebreaker over the Cleveland Cavaliers (plus-29), Orlando and Brooklyn among 3-1 teams in the Eastern Conference.

The semifinals of the inaugural NBA in-season tournament will be held Dec. 7 in Las Vegas, where the final is set for Dec. 9.

–Field Level Media

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