NBA In-Season Tournament 2023: Latest Standings, Predictions After Nov. 17 Group Play


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There’s a good chance that the Nov. 28 matchup between the Bucks and the Heat in Miami could determine the winner of East Group B. Neither team has lost in group play, and both may enter that game with a 3-0 tournament record.
If that’s the case, the Heat could be the favorite. They won’t only be the home team, but they’ve won seven consecutive games since opening the season 1-4.
However, the Bucks shouldn’t be counted out. In fact, they appear to be rounding into form, meaning they could have quite a bit of momentum going themselves when that matchup in Miami arrives.
Milwaukee improved to 2-0 in tournament group play with a convincing 130-99 road victory over the Charlotte Hornets. It was an impressive statement made by the Bucks, who were powered by 27 points from Damian Lillard. They had seven players score in double digits in their third consecutive win.
On Friday, Milwaukee should improve to 3-0 in tournament action, as it’ll be hosting Washington, which is 0-3 in group play. It’s less certain that Miami will also be 3-0, as it has a more challenging road matchup vs. the Knicks that night.
It’s possible the Bucks could lose to the Heat on Nov. 28 and still finish first in East Group B. That’s because it’s possible Miami could lose to New York, while Milwaukee should continue to improve its tournament score differential and put itself in a position to win a possible tiebreaker.


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