It’s official: the Washington Wizards are the No. 8 seed in the NBA Play-In Tournament.
Washington will travel to Boston to take on the No. 7 Celtics on Tuesday night at 9 p.m.
Here’s what you need to know about the Play-In Tournament with the Eastern Conference matchups set.
What is the format for the 2021 NBA Playoffs?
This year’s playoffs feature a new wrinkle: the NBA Play-In Tournament. Here’s how it works: The No. 7 through No. 10 seeds in the Western Conference and Eastern Conference, respectively, qualify for the Play-In Tournament.
The tournament begins May 18 and consists of two rounds for each conference with the following format:
No. 7 seed vs. No. 8 seed (winner earns No. 7 seed; loser to Round 2)
No. 9 seed vs. No. 10 seed (winner to Round 2; loser eliminated)
Loser of 7-8 vs. Winner of 9-10 (winner earns No. 8 seed; loser eliminated)
Once the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds are decided for each conference, the first round will begin May 22 with the traditional format: seven-game series featuring the 1-8, 2-7, 3-6 and 4-5 matchups.
Where are the Wizards in the Eastern Conference standings?
The Wizards are the No. 8 seed by virtue of beating the Hornets on Sunday. A loss would have landed the Wizards in the 9-10 matchup, but instead they will take on the No. 7 Celtics.
Here are the Eastern Conference’s play-in teams:
|Team||GB From No. 1|
|7. Boston Celtics||12.5|
|8. Washington Wizards||14.5|
|9. Indiana Pacers||14.5|
|10. Charlotte Hornets||15.5|
Who will the Wizards play in the Play-In Tournament?
The Wizards are set to play the Celtics.
Here are the East play-in matchups:
|No. 10 Indiana Pacers||No. 9 Charlotte Hornets||Tuesday, May 18, 6:30 p.m.|
|No. 8 Washington Wizards||No. 7 Boston Celtics||Tuesday, May 18, 9 p.m.|
What are the Wizards’ playoff odds?
The Wizards currently have +25000 odds to win the 2021 NBA championship — odds provided by our partner, PointsBet Sportsbook.