After an eventful 82-game season, the 2023 NBA Playoffs are set to commence. The playoff brackets were not complete until the final game of the season (which happened on Sunday,) and now NBA fans are ready to watch what is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable and exciting playoffs in recent years.

To get the post-season started, the Play-In Tournament begins tonight with two high-profile matchups. Per the play-in tournament rules, seeds Nos. 7-10 in each conference will compete in a mini-tournament over the course of four days to determine which two teams will represent the seventh and eighth seeds in their conference’s playoff bracket.

In the Western Conference, the 7th seed Los Los Angeles Lakers led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis are currently playing their best basketball of the season with a record of 9-2 in their last 11 games. On the other hand, the Timberwolves seemed to be trending downward as center Rudy Gobert was suspended for punching Kyle Anderson during the final game and defensive stalwart Jaden McDaniels is out indefinitely due to a fractured hand after he punched a wall during the same game.

The 9-10 game features the New Orleans Pelicans facing the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

In the Eastern Conference, familiar foes the Miami Heat will battle the Atlanta Hawks. Last year, the Heat easily dispatched the Hawks winning the series 4-1. Hawks star guard Trae Young is looking to 

On Wednesday, the 9-10 game in the West features the New Orleans Pelicans facing the Oklahoma City Thunder. In the East, the  Chicago Bulls take on the Toronto Raptors in the No. 9 vs. No. 10 seed game.

In addition to the teams in the play-in, there are so many storylines dominating the 2023 playoffs. Are Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks the overwhelming championship favorites? Can Stephen Curry and of the Golden State Warriors win their fifth title in 8 years? After being traded to Phoenix Suns following a tumultuous tenure in Brooklyn, can Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, and Devon Booker capture the franchise’s first title? Will Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers and Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets parlay their MVP-caliber seasons into an NBA title?

Without question, the NBA playoffs will showcase all of the twists and turns that will keep basketball fans tuned in until a new champion is crowned.

Below are the complete 2023 NBA Playoff brackets:

Eastern Conference

First Round
No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 8 seed
No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. No. 5 New York Knicks
No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers vs. No. 6 Brooklyn Nets
No. 2 Boston Celtics vs. No. 7 seed
Play-In Tournament
No. 7 Miami Heat vs. No. 8 Atlanta Hawks
No. 9 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 10 Chicago Bulls

Western Conference

First Round
No. 1 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 8 seed
No. 4 Phoenix Suns vs. No. 5 Los Angeles Clippers
No. 3 Sacramento Kings vs. No. 6 Golden State Warriors
No. 2 Memphis Grizzlies vs. No. 7 seed
Play-In Tournament
No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers vs. No. 8 Minnesota Timberwolves
No. 9 New Orleans Pelicans vs. No. 10 Oklahoma City Thunder