NBA In-Season Tournament Semifinals to Feature Pacers vs. Bucs, Pelicans vs. Lakers

Anthony Davis at Lakers Media Day in 2021
Anthony Davis at Lakers Media Day in 2021. Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock (12481887t)

We are one step closer to finding out the winner of the first edition of the NBA In-Season Tournament. The quarterfinals wrapped up earlier this week with the Indiana Pacers, the Milwaukee Bucks, the New Orleans Pelicans, and the Los Angeles Lakers punching their ticket for the semifinals.

In the Eastern Conference part of the bracket, the Pacers beat the favored Boston Celtics to set up a clash against the Bucks, who easily handled the New York Knicks in the quarterfinals.

The Western Conference semifinals game will see the Pelicans face the Lakers. The Pelicans beat the Sacramento Kings, while the Lakers overcame the Phoenix Suns in a thrilling contest.

The semifinal matches will be played at Las Vegas ‘Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on December 7. The Pacers and the Bucks play their game at 5:00 PM ET, and the Pelicans meet the Lakers at 9:00 PM ET. The championship game will also take place two days later, also in Las Vegas.

The winner of the NBA In-Season Tournament will get to lift the NBA Cup trophy. Also, every player on the team’s roster will receive a $500,000 check.

Out of the four teams in the semifinals, the Bucks own the best record at 15-6 and have won eight of their last 10 games. The Lakers are 13-9, enough for the fourth spot on the Western Conference standings. The Pacers are 11-8, while the Pelicans own a 12-10 record.