Biggest overperformers and underperformers from the NBA In-Season Tournament

A look at which teams surprised and shocked the most, playing better in the NBA In-Season Tournament games than they have across the regular season.

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The NBA In-Season Tournament has added more stakes to the NBA regular season than ever, with a trophy and prize money to be won at the end of the competition. The league wanted to add stakes and ramp up the intensity for early season games and so far it's worked. With each team playing four tournament games, there have been plenty of cases of teams surprisingly over and underperforming. 

With the group stage concluding last night, here’s a look at which teams surprised or shocked based on their win percentage in group play for the tournament and their win percentage across all other regular season games to this point.

Biggest overperformers in the NBA In-Season Tournament

These teams have saved their best for the tournament. All of these teams have qualified for the tournament knockouts while their record outside the tournaments has been patchy for the most part.

1. Indiana Pacers

In-Season Tournament record: 4-0 (1.000)

Non-tournament record: 5-7 (.417)

The Indiana Pacers went unbeaten through the In-Season Tournament and became the first to qualify for the knockout stage after comfortably dispatching the Detroit Pistons. Prior to that game, each of their tournament games was decided by six or fewer points with close wins against the Cavs, 76ers, and Hawks. 

Besides their tournament games, It hasn't been as smooth sailing for the Pacers. The team has had shocking losses to the Bulls, Hornets, and Blazers in their 5-7 record outside the tournament and are barely clinging onto an automatic playoff berth despite the unbeaten tournament run.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

In-Season Tournament record: 4-0 (1.000)

Non-tournament record: 6-8 (.429)

Just like the Pacers, the Lakers have been unbeaten in their tournament games while being two games under .500 in the rest of their games. After a narrow comeback win vs the Suns, the Lakers comfortably dispatched the Grizzlies, Blazers, and Jazz in the tournament.

The Lakers have been more inconsistent outside the tournament with eight losses including a 44-point loss to the Sixers most recently. 

3. Sacramento Kings

In-Season Tournament record: 4-0 (1.000)

Non-tournament record: 6-6 (.500)

The Kings became the last team to confirm their tournament spot with a one-point win against the Golden State Warriors. This was their fourth straight tournament win, beating the Thunder, Spurs, and Timberwolves prior to last night.

With injuries to their star players along with some unexpected results, the Kings have gone .500 in their non-tournament games. 

4. Milwaukee Bucks

In-Season Tournament record: 4-0 (1.000)

Non-tournament record: 9-5 (.643)

The Bucks had their fair share of close games with three games decided by under seven points. However, they prevailed on all three occasions and ended up unbeaten in a challenging group that also included the Knicks and the Heat. 

Unlike the other unbeaten teams in the tournament, the Bucks have had a good regular season outside the tournament with a 9-5 record. 

5. New Orleans Pelicans

In-Season tournament record: 3-1 (.750)

Non-tournament record: 6-8 (.429)

The New Orleans Pelicans clinched a spot in the knockout round as the West Group B Winners. The Pelicans were in a group with four playoff hopefuls including defending champions Denver Nuggets. After a three-point loss to the Rockets, the Pelicans had impressive wins against the Mavericks, Nuggets, and Clippers.

The Pelicans have been patchy outside the tournament with a streak of five losses at one point and most recently losing two straight games to the Jazz.