2023 NBA Playoff Bracket: Current format of NBA Playoffs

NBA Playoff Bracket 2021
NBA Playoff Bracket

The 2023 NBA Playoff bracket date is now fully set, postseason games are set to begin from Saturday, April 15 until the NBA finals game 7 on Sunday, June 18. Here is the latest update you can watch. The Western Conference winner No. 3 seed Golden State Warriors wins in the NBA Finals 2022 against the Eastern Conference winner No. 2 seed Boston Celtics.

There will be a total of 16 teams of 32 competing in the NBA playoffs for the 2023 championships, where six top-seeded teams from each conference will clinch the postseason spot directly, and 2 teams of 4 from each conference will clinch the playoff birth after the play-in tournaments that duration from April 11-14, 2023. It means, that 8 teams from each conference will play after the 2023 play-in tournament – check out your favorite team’s playoff chances.

Here is how the East conference and West conference brackets shook out, from Round one through NBA championship-stay up to date.

NBA Playoffs 2023 tentative dates

2023 NBA Playoffs start: Saturday, April 15, 2023
NBA Finals Game 1: Thursday, June 1, 2023

How does the NBA Playoff bracket work?

The 16-team playoffs have followed the same format since 2016 with the top eight teams in each conference advancing to the postseason. Here’s a guide that helps you to know how NBA Playoffs formate does work.

In each conference (Eastern and Western), the top eight teams are ranked in order by win-loss record. The team with the best record is seeded No. 1, the next best is No. 2, and so on. Any ties are broken using head-to-head results as the first tiebreaker criteria followed by whether a team won its division.

The seeds are used to create a playoff bracket that determines all of the matchups throughout the entire tournament. In the first round, the top seed, No. 1, faces the No. 8 seed. No. 2 plays No. 7, No. 3 faces No. 6, and No. 4 takes on No. 5.

The higher seeded team always has the home-court advantage. All playoff series are played in a best-of-seven format. The first two games are at the higher-seeded team’s home court and Games 3 and 4 are at the lower-seeded team’s home court. A deciding Game 7 will always be played at the home of the higher seed.

In the second round or conference semifinals, the team that wins the 1-8 matchup plays the winner of the 4-5 series. The 2-7 winner faces the 3-6 and the two teams that win will play each other for the conference championship.

The winners of each of the conference championships then face each other in the NBA Finals. This year, the NBA Finals are scheduled to begin from June 1 to June 18, 2023. The home-court advantage in the NBA Finals goes to the team that recorded the most regular-season wins.

Last season, No. 3 Golden State Warriors faced No. 2 Boston Celtics in the 2023 finals. The Celtics recorded 51-31 regular-season games whereas the Warriors had 53-29 in the 2021-22 season. Celtics earned home-court advantage but did not get their record 18th NBA title in the franchise history, and missed the series in game six.

Road to the NBA finals, how playoff bracket does work in 2023?

Eastern Conference, first round

  1. vs. 8.
  2. vs. 7.
  3. vs. 6.
  4. vs. 5.

Western Conference, first round

  1. vs. 8.
  2. vs. 7.
  3. vs. 6.
  4. vs. 5.

Eastern Conference semifinals

Winner of 1./8. vs. Winner of 2./7.
Winner of 3./6. vs. Winner of 4./5.

Western Conference semifinals

Winner of 1./8. vs. Winner of 2./7.
Winner of 3./6. vs. Winner of 4./5.

Eastern Conference Finals

Winner of 1./8./2./7. vs. Winner of 3./6./4./5.

Western Conference Finals

Winner of 1./8./2./7. vs. Winner of 3./6./4./5.

2023 NBA Finals

Eastern Conference Champion vs. Western Conference Champion

You will get a more updated playoff bracket, TV schedule, standings, and 2022-23 postseason games updated format will be available here when it will officially be disclosed.