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In-Season Tournament Action Heats Up on Black Friday

The final West Group A contest takes place as part of a 10-game slate.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Phoenix Suns Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers have already wrapped up their In-Season Tournament schedule, and with a 1-3 record, they will have to wait until next year to get back at it.

But for 20 teams on Black Friday, they continue their In-Season Tournament quest, and some games have incredibly high stakes.

Here’s a look at the Eastern Conference standings:

In the East, action begins in central Florida as the undefeated Boston Celtics visit the Orlando Magic in East Group C (11:30 a.m., NBA TV). The teams are currently slotted in the top two spots in the Eastern Conference as well. A Celtics win would clinch them the group, while a Magic victory would make things interesting going into the final day of group play on Tuesday.

Group C action continues later in the day with the Chicago Bulls visiting the Toronto Raptors north of the border (4:30 p.m., NBA League Pass).

In Group A, the Indiana Pacers have already clinched a spot in the knockout round, but they will complete group play with a game against the Detroit Pistons (5 p.m., NBA League Pass).

In Group B, both undefeated teams will put their perfect records on the line as the Milwaukee Bucks visit the Washington Wizards (5 p.m., NBA League Pass), and the Miami Heat head to Madison Square Garden for a date with the New York Knicks (4:30 p.m., ESPN). Should both the Bucks and Heat win, they will meet on Tuesday to determine who wins the group and advances to the knockout round.


Here’s a look at the Western Conference standings:

Group A action has just one more game, and it takes place today when the Phoenix Suns travel to Tennessee to play the Memphis Grizzlies (2 p.m., NBA TV).

In Group B, the Houston Rockets face elimination as they host the defending champion Denver Nuggets (5 p.m., NBA League Pass). Then, the New Orleans Pelicans look to keep the top spot in the group as they play the Los Angeles Clippers in Tinseltown (7:30 p.m., NBA League Pass).

In Group C, the Golden State Warriors look to stay alive as they host the San Antonio Spurs (7 p.m., ESPN), and the top two teams meet up for battle in Minneapolis as the Minnesota Timberwolves host the Sacramento Kings (5 p.m., NBA League Pass).