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Sacramento Kings’ NBA in-season tournament schedule revealed

Aug 15, 2023, 12:11 PM | Updated: 12:36 pm

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The NBA announced its schedule for the In-Season Tournament on Tuesday, giving fans an idea of what is to come during this new chapter of regular-season basketball.

On Friday, November 10th, the Sacramento Kings will place its first “Group Play” game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden 1 Center.

Sacramento will play two games on national television during Group Play: Friday, November 17th against the Spurs and first-overall pick Victor Wembanyama in San Antonio on ESPN, then an NBA Playoff series rematch against the Golden State Warriors at Golden 1 Center on Tuesday, November 28th in a game that will be carried by TNT.

How does the NBA In-Season Tournament Work?

Breakdown and Rules courtesy of NBA.com

Group Play

All 30 teams have been randomly drawn into groups of five within their conference based on won-loss records from the 2022-23 regular season.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 3 and continuing through Tuesday, Nov. 28, each team will play four designated Group Play games on “Tournament Nights” – one game against each opponent in its group, with two games at home and two on the road.

Knockout Rounds

Eight teams will advance to the Knockout Rounds:  the team with the best standing in Group Play games in each of the six groups and two “wild cards” (the team from each conference with the best record in Group Play games that finished second in its group).

The Knockout Rounds will be single-elimination games in the Quarterfinals (played in NBA team markets on Monday, Dec. 4, and Tuesday, Dec. 5), Semifinals, and Championship.

The qualifying teams will compete for a prize pool and the new In-Season Tournament trophy, the NBA Cup. Semifinal and championship play will take place December 7th and 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

All 67 games across both stages of the In-Season Tournament will count toward the regular-season standings except the Championship.  Each team will continue to play 82 regular-season games in the 2023-24 season, including those games that are part of Group Play and the Knockout Rounds.

Fourteen Group Play games (two games on each Tournament Night) and all seven Knockout Round games will be televised nationally.

What are the other groups in the NBA In-Season Tournament?

Each conference–West and East–has three groups. Here is the complete list of groups:

Western Conference

Group A

  • Phoenix Suns
  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Utah Jazz
  • Portland Trailblazers

Group B

  • Denver Nuggets
  • Los Angeles Clippers
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Houston Rockets

Group C

  • Sacramento Kings
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
  • San Antonio Spurs

Eastern Conference

Group A

  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Detroit Pistons

Group B

  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • New York Knicks
  • Miami Heat
  • Washington Wizards
  • Charlotte Hornets

Group C

  • Boston Celtics
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Toronto Raptors
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Orlando Magic

Sacramento Kings Offseason Schedule

  • August TBD – 2023-24 NBA regular season schedule release
  • Late September – NBA training camps begin

Sacramento Kings 2023-24 Season Schedule

  • Sunday, October 8th – Sacramento Kings @ Toronto Raptors – 5 PM PST (Preseason opener)
  • Wednesday, October 11th – Sacramento Kings @ Los Angeles Lakers – 7 PM PST (in Anaheim, CA)
  • Sunday, October 15th – Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors – 7 PM PST
  • Wednesday, October 18th – Sacramento Kings @ Golden State Warriors – 7 PM PST
  • Thursday, October 19th – Sacramento Kings vs. Utah Jazz – 7 PM PST
  • October 24th – NBA regular season begins

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