The NBA playoffs tip off once the regular season ends, and the best 16 teams compete to win the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Since 2020, the NBA Playoffs includes eight teams each from the Eastern and Western Conference – the top six teams in the regular season standings and the two teams who progress from the play-in tournament.
In the play-in tournament, the teams who finished seventh and eighth in their conference play against each other, with the winner progressing to the playoffs as the number seven seed. The teams who finished ninth and 10th then play each other, with the loser being eliminated and the winner facing off against the loser of the seventh vs. eighth game to determine who gets the eighth and final playoff seed.
In the NBA playoffs, matchups are decided on a best-of-seven series. To win the NBA Championship, a team must progress through (at least) four rounds: the first round, Conference Semi-finals, Conference Finals, and NBA Finals. All playoff series including the NBA Finals are played in a 2–2–1–1–1 format, which means that the team with home-court advantage hosts games 1, 2, 5, and 7, while the opposing team hosts games 3, 4, and 6 (in the event that games 5, 6, and 7 are necessary).
The betting opportunities are almost limitless, with pre-game and in-play betting available on a minimum of 60 games to be played in the playoffs, including the Championship game (not including the play-in tournament). If every series went the distance, that would equal a massive 105 games.