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Printable NBA Playoff bracket for 2023 (with Play-In Tournament)

After yesterday’s Easter-day games, NBA playoff bracket is now set and the play-in teams for both conferences are locked in. We now know all the 20 teams participating in the 2023 NBA Playoff bracket and play-in tournament. Now is the time to download and print out our NBA playoff bracket for this year’s post season tournament.

The playoffs will kick off with the NBA Play-In Tournament from April 11-14. Once the results of those first couple games are final, the four teams (two from each conference) will advance to the main NBA Playoff bracket. The first round of which will start on Saturday, April 15.

Milwaukee Bucks Top Loaded Eastern Conference

In the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks have already clinched. With 58 wins, they have the best record in the league and will have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have also clinched top seeds in the East with the Cavs, Knicks, Nets holding onto the 4th, 5th, and 6th seeds. That leaves the Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, and Toronto Raptors will battle it out in a one-game winner-takes-all Play-In Tourney.

NBA Play-In Tournament Schedule (East)

Tuesday, April 11
Game 1 — Atlanta @ Miami | 7:30 ET (TNT)

Wednesday, April 12
Game 3 — Chicago @ Toronto | 7 ET (ESPN)

Friday, April 14
Game 5 — Winner of Game 3 @ Loser of Game 1 (TNT)

The Heat have the 7th seed meaning they’ll play the #8 Hawks for the right to the 7th seed in the larger NBA Playoff bracket; matching up against the #2 Boston Celtics. The loser of that game will await the winner of the 9/10 game between the Chicago Bulls and the Toronto Raptors. The winner of which will earn the final spot in the Eastern Conference with the unenviable task of trying to win four games against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the #1 seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

Western Conference is Wide-Open

In the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets clinched the top seed and home-court advantage throughout the Western conference playoffs. The Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors have also clinched, with the Suns in the fourth seed and the Warriors taking the sixth seed. In an tumultuous season, the Memphis Grizzlies have locked up the second seed and is awaiting the winner of the first play-in game between the #7 Minnesota Timberwolves and the #8 Los Angeles Lakers.

NBA Play-In Tournament Schedule (West)

Tuesday, April 11
Game 2 — Minnesota @ LA Lakers | 10 ET (TNT)

Wednesday, April 12
Game 4 — Oklahoma City @ New Orleans | 9:30 ET (ESPN)

Friday, April 14
Game 6 — Winner of Game 4 @ Loser of Game 2 (ESPN)

The lowest seeds in the Western Conference are highlighted by the Los Angeles Lakers who have had a disappointing season. But thanks to Anthony Davis’ excellent play and to a lesser-extent Austin Reeves, the Lakers have gelled at the right time of the year finishing the season winning nine of their last eleven games to earn the 7th spot.

They’ll meet the eighth seeded Timberwolves in the 7/8 game. The winner of that game will play the Memphis Grizzlies. The loser will play winner of the 9/10 game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Thunder. The winner of which will get the West’s eighth seed; playing the #1 seeded Nuggets.

Wait, What’s a Play-In Tournament?

For those of you that haven’t watched the NBA post season for the last couple years, it’s worth noting that the NBA playoffs now include have a single-elimination play-in tournament that was introduced in the 2020-21 season. Similar to the NCAA’s First Four concept during March Madness, the lower seeds will have to play their way into the larger NBA Playoff bracket.

That means that the seventh through tenth seeds in each conference will have a chance to win their way into the postseason. The play-in tournament pits the seventh and eighth seeds against each other, and the ninth and tenth seeds playing each other. The winners of those two games will then face off for the final playoff spot.

NBA Playoff Bracket with Play-In

The NBA Playoff bracket is much more complicated than previous years where it was a straightforward 16-team tournament bracket. Now with four additional teams playing a mini-tournament, the printable bracket requires space for those eight teams to battle it out.

We’ve accommodated for the play-in tournament so you can be rest-assured that when you print out our NBA Playoff bracket (with play-in), it will be on one-sheet of regular-sized paper. Here you can print out the PDF version of our 2023 NBA Playoff bracket and if you prefer, here’s the image version and the bracket version with the border you first saw at the top of this article.

Just remember that before pressing print to make sure that you adjust the document’s orientation so that it is printing out in the landscape layout.

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