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The News Teller – NBA In-Season Tournament Field Set with Exciting Quarterfinal Matchups

The field for the knockout round of the NBA’s inaugural in-season tournament has been determined after an eventful final night of group play. The Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchups will feature the (3) Boston Celtics against the (2) Indiana Pacers, and the (4) New York Knicks against the (1) Milwaukee Bucks. In the Western Conference, the quarterfinal matchups will include the (3) New Orleans Pelicans against the (2) Sacramento Kings, and the (4) Phoenix Suns against the (1) Los Angeles Lakers.

The single-elimination semifinals are set to take place in Las Vegas on Dec. 7, followed by the finals just two nights later. Fans are eagerly anticipating the action-packed matches that will determine the champion of this exciting new tournament.

According to Yahoo Sports NBA analysts, the power rankings for the eight participating teams are as follows: Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and New York Knicks. These rankings provide insight into the potential contenders for the tournament title.

The New Orleans Pelicans, with a record of 9-9, have shown promise with the trio of Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and C.J. McCollum performing well together. Similarly, the Sacramento Kings, boasting a 10-6 record, have been led by standout guard De’Aaron Fox and will seek to capitalize on their unbeaten group play record.

The New York Knicks, with a record of 10-7, heavily rely on Julius Randle, but there are questions about his ability to lead them to contention. The Indiana Pacers, on the other hand, lead the NBA in offensive efficiency but struggle defensively, presenting a challenge in the tournament.

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Despite the presence of LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers have had a slow start to the season and heavily rely on him for success. The Milwaukee Bucks have been strong offensively but have shown weaknesses on defense and are looking to utilize the pairing of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard.

Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns have a record of 11-6 and have been rejuvenated with the addition of Bradley Beal, making them a strong contender in the tournament. Finally, the top-ranked Boston Celtics have impressed with their balanced play on both ends of the court and are eager to maximize their talent in the tournament.

With exciting matchups and talented teams vying for the tournament title, basketball fans are in for a thrilling competition. All eyes will be on Las Vegas as the NBA’s inaugural in-season tournament unfolds, with anticipation building for the highly-anticipated semifinals and finals. Stay tuned to The News Teller for all the latest updates and analysis on this captivating basketball event.

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