According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 14 percent of Pacers fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s down from 43 percent last week. That’s what happens with a lack of impressive wins and an injury list that’s bursting at the seams with key rotation players.
As teams prepare for the final push of the season, more teams than ever have an opportunity to see some form of postseason play. Because of a rule change for just the 2020 season, two more teams from each conference will have a chance to chase a title.
This season, seeds seven through 10 will participate in a play-in tournament with two advancing to the regular postseason. The seven and eight seeds will need to win only one game to advance, while the bottom two seeds would need to win both games.
According to a majority of fans around the country, the play-in tournament is having the desired effect. Nearly two-thirds of fans believe the new format is keeping more teams engaged and preventing at least some teams from tanking for a draft pick.
More than that, a nearly identical percentage of fans find the concept of a play-in game exciting.
For now, the playoff format is in place just for this season. However, if the league finds success with the play-in, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it tried again.
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