The New Orleans Pelicans have punched their ticket to Vegas by defeating the Sacramento Kings 127-117 in the NBA In-Season Tournament quarterfinals.
Here’s how the bracket looks now and what the victory means for the Suns.
The @PelicansNBA punched their ticket to Las Vegas with a 127-117 win over the Kings to advance to the Semifinals of the NBA In-Season Tournament.
Brandon Ingram finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead New Orleans. pic.twitter.com/caF8XgMm1Q
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) December 5, 2023
The Suns play in Los Angeles against the Lakers tomorrow night at 8 p.m. MST in a No. 1 vs. No. 4 matchup. If Phoenix wins, it will advance to Vegas and play New Orleans in the semifinals at 7 p.m. MST Thursday night (Dec. 7).
If the Suns lose, they will be eliminated and play the Kings, also now eliminated, at home Friday night (Dec. 8) with the time TBD.
With the #Pelicans defeating the #Kings, the #Suns will either play New Orleans in the semifinals in Vegas on Thursday with a win over the #Lakers tomorrow or Sacramento at home on Friday with a loss against LA.
— Burn City Suns Talk 🎙️ (@BurnCitySuns) December 5, 2023
In both situations, these games will count towards the Suns’ regular season record. Only the first situation of playing the Pelicans would have any affect on the NBA In-Season Tournament. If the Suns advance and beat New Orleans, they will then play in the championship Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. MST against whoever comes out of the East side of the bracket.
The championship game is the only game in this whole tournament that will not count towards any team’s regular season record. Every player on a standard contract on the championship-winning team will receive $500,000.
We will see if the Suns can avenge their two losses this season to the Lakers tomorrow night.