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NBA D-League Playoff Format

The following playoff format is in place for the 2016-17 NBA Development League season:

• The NBA D-League Playoffs will be three rounds, each consisting of a best-of-three series

• The top individual team in each of the four divisions (Atlantic, Central, Southwest and West) on the basis of regular season record will automatically qualify for the NBA D-League Playoffs as the “Division Winners”

• In addition, the top two teams in each Conference on the basis of regular season record regardless of division, other than the Division Winners, will also qualify for the NBA D-League Playoffs as the “Wildcard Teams”

• In the First Round, the Wildcard Teams host the first game, and the Division Winners host the second game and, if necessary, the third game

• In the Second Round and the Third Round, the Team with the lesser regular season record hosts the first game and the Team with the better regular season record hosts the second game and, if necessary, the third game

First Round
Opponents for the First Round games will be determined, as follows:
• Division Winner in the Eastern Conference with the best regular season record versus Wildcard Team in the Eastern Conference with the worst regular season record (Game 1)
• Division Winner in the Eastern Conference with the second-best regular season record versus Wildcard Team in the Eastern Conference with the second-worst regular season record (Game 2)
• Division Winner in the Western Conference with the best regular season versus Wildcard Team in the Western Conference with the worst regular season record (Game 3)
• Division Winner in the Western Conference with the second-best regular season record versus Wildcard Team in the Western Conference with the second-worst regular season record (Game 4)

Second Round (Semifinals)
During the Second Round (Semifinals):
• The winner of the Game 1 will play against the winner of Game 2
• The winner of Game 3 will play against the winner of Game 4

Third Round (Finals)
• During the Third Round (Finals), the winners of the Second Round games will play one another