The National Basketball Association (NBA) is hoping that play-in tournaments are adopted permanently for the future, according to reports.
Ahead of the play-offs last year, the league used a play-in bubble format, which they have also brought back for this season.
For this year's format, the top six teams will automatically qualify for the play-offs, whereas the teams that finish between seventh and 10th are relegated to the play-in round. Seventh and eighth play to compete for the seventh seed, with the loser hosting the winner of the ninth and 10th game for the final place as the eighth seed.
According to reports, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is expected to have support for making the move permanent.
All 30 team governors, as well as the players, approved the play-in format for the 2021 season when the league inquired about implementing the tournament.
Having the play-in provides an incentive to teams to remain competitive throughout the entire regular season, especially the final month, the report suggests.
A decision unlikely to be made until at least after the 2021 season concludes.
Author: Jake Wilkin