Pacers, Kings, Bucks, Lakers to host quarterfinals



After a month’s worth of group stage games, the field for the knockout portion of the NBA’s in-season tournament is set.

The Indiana Pacers will host the Boston Celtics on Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the New Orleans Pelicans traveling to face the Sacramento Kings at 10. Tuesday night will see a pair of group stage rematches, with the New York Knicks playing at the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:30, followed by the visiting Phoenix Suns taking on the Los Angeles Lakers at 10.

The winners of each of those quarterfinal games will advance to the semifinals on Dec. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with the Eastern Conference teams squaring off at 5 p.m., followed by the Western Conference teams playing at 9. The tournament’s championship game — with the winner getting to lift the NBA Cup for the first time and earning $500,000 for every player on its roster — will take place at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 (ABC).

In a twist, each of the four quarterfinals features a matchup that was already on the schedule four times this season — meaning all of those matchups will now be played five times, one more than teams typically can play in a given campaign.

The 22 teams that did not advance will play one home game and one road game on Dec. 6 and 8, while the teams that lose in the quarterfinals will play each other Dec. 8.

The NBA released the schedule for the other 22 teams early Wednesday morning, including a couple of marquee matchups. The Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs — featuring two of the league’s bright, young stars in Anthony Edwards and Victor Wembanyama, and a matchup between Wembanyama and fellow French player Rudy Gobert — will play at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 on ESPN, followed by the Denver Nuggets taking on the LA Clippers in a rematch of Denver’s stunning Sunday win without Nikola Jokic, Aaron Gordon and Jamal Murray.

The Clippers will be on ESPN again Dec. 8, when they face the Utah Jazz.

Some of the other highlight games from the slates: the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Houston Rockets on Dec. 6, and the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Miami Heat and the Golden State Warriors at the Thunder on Dec. 8.



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