THE TIPOFF Powered By AT&T - Fact Sheet - NBA 2K League

THE TIPOFF Powered By AT&T – Fact Sheet

THE TIPOFF powered by AT&T will be a four-day tournament (Wednesday, May 19 – Saturday, May 22) with all 23 teams participating remotely from their local markets. For THE TIPOFF tournament schedule, click here. See below for more information.

  • THE TIPOFF features two days of group play on May 19-20 to determine the eight teams that advance to the tournament playoffs on May 21-22.
    • Group play is made up of seven groups: five groups of three teams and two groups of four teams.
    • Each team will play four games in group play, competing against two other teams in its group twice.
    • The team in each group with the best record will advance to the tournament playoffs. The non‑group winner with the best record will also advance to the tournament playoffs as a “Wild Card”.  Tiebreakers are detailed below.
    • Playoff rounds seeding will be determined by record during group play and (if necessary) use of the tiebreakers.
    • Each matchup in the playoff rounds will be played in a best-of-three format.
    • Group play is broken down as follows:
      • Group 1: Knicks Gaming, Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, Heat Check Gaming
      • Group 2: Warriors Gaming Squad, Pacers Gaming, T-Wolves Gaming
      • Group 3: Hornets Venom GT, Celtics Crossover Gaming, Wizards District Gaming
      • Group 4: 76ers GC, Magic Gaming, Cavs Legion GC
      • Group 5: Raptors Uprising GC, Hawks Talon GC, Grizz Gaming
      • Group 6: Jazz Gaming, Blazer5 Gaming, Mavs Gaming, Lakers Gaming
      • Group 7: Nets GC, Pistons GT, Bucks Gaming, Kings Guard Gaming
    • Tiebreaker scenarios for THE TIPOFF:
      • Head-to-head record during group play
      • Average point differential during group play
      • Average points scored during group play
      • Technical fouls accumulated during group play
      • Random draw

  • Games will begin at 6 p.m. ET on May 19-22 and will air live on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels. Games will also be available on ESRevolution, Loco in India, Sport1 in Europe and Dash Radio.
  • All 23 teams will compete for a total prize pool of $160,000. The prize pool will be awarded as follows:
    • First place – $70,000
    • Second place – $50,000
    • Third and fourth place – $20,000 each
  • THE TIPOFF powered by AT&T is the first of three in-season tournaments (THE TIPOFF, THE TURN and THE TICKET) in which teams compete for banners as part of THE BANNER CHAIN powered by AT&T.
  • Raptors Uprising GC is the defending champion of THE TIPOFF and features retained veterans including 2020 NBA 2K League MVP Kenny “KennyGotWork” Hailey, 2020 NBA 2K League Defensive Player of the Year Eric “TimelyCook” Donald, and Maurice “ReeceMode” Flowers. Xavier “Type” Vescovi, a member of the 2019 NBA 2K League All‑Defensive Team, will make his debut with Raptors Uprising GC after being acquired in the offseason.
  • Following THE TIPOFF, the 2021 NBA 2K League regular season will begin Wednesday, May 26.
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