The 2018 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup will be the first conference of the league’s 43rd season. The tournament will start on December 17, 2017 and will be finished by March 2018. The tournament does not allow teams to hire foreign players or imports.
The following format shall be observed for the duration of the conference:
Single-round robin eliminations; 11 games per team; Teams are then seeded by basis of win-loss records.
Top eight teams shall advance to the quarterfinals. In case of tie, playoff games will be held only for the #8 seed.
QF1: #1 vs #8 (#1 twice-to-beat)
QF2: #2 vs #7 (#2 twice-to-beat)
QF3: #3 vs #6 (best-of-3 series)
QF4: #4 vs #5 (best-of-3 series)
Semifinals (best-of-7 series):
SF1: QF1 Winner vs. QF4 Winner
SF2: QF2 Winner vs. QF3 Winner
Finals (best-of-7 series):
SF1 Winner vs SF2 Winner