NBA Play-in Tournament 2021: Live Stream, TV channel, Start Time, How to Watch

Published 05/15/2021, 7:18 AM EDT


NBA fans are looking forward to an enthralling experience as the play-in tournament is about to kick off.

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It’s an added spice to the tail of the regular season with the inclusion of the play-in tournament this season. The challenge extends further for teams that hang at the brink of the Playoff spot. Some big teams are listed in that category, like the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics.

Well, this is going to be some intense battle for the 2021 Playoff spot.

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Jan 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defends Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

2020-21 regular NBA season will come to an end on May 16. Until then, the contingency of participating in play-ins or clinching a Playoff spot will continue. Los Angeles Lakers find themselves in a similar spot, hanging at the seventh seed in the West right behind the Portland Trail Blazers.

The play-in tournament will be off to a flying start from 18 May and will end on May 21. Teams from the 7th-10th seed in each conference will head into the play-ins. The four teams, two from each conference, that end up surviving this series will clinch the seventh and eighth playoff spots, respectively.

Which TV channels will air the NBA play-in tournament?

The eight-team Play-in tournament will be aired on ESPN and TNT from 18 to 21 May 2021. The Playoffs for the season will begin immediately after, on May 22 with 16 teams.

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The schedule for State Farm Play-in has been released by the league.

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That’s just six games of pure anticipation that will take this season to a whole new level. The concept of a play-in tournament is intriguing, to say the least, as teams will have to put their best foot forward to have a chance at the championship. However, few bigwigs like LeBron James, Luka Doncic, and Mark Cuban have questioned this new format in the league. Nonetheless, we are heading right into it.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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