NBA Playoffs First Round: Schedule, Match-ups, TV

The regular season is done and the playoffs are finally starting this Saturday. There have been times this season when it looked like the Warriors and Cavaliers were destined to meet in the NBA Finals. That has looked slightly less certain recently thanks to the injury to Kevin Durant and the disappearance of defense in Cleveland. You have to think that LeBron James and company could have another level, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

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There are some fun first round match-ups this year. The Spurs and Grizzlies is always a war, the Jazz and Clippers may be the best series out there and the match-up of James Harden and the Rockets against Russell Westbrook of the Thunder. It should be a great playoffs and we can’t wait for Saturday.


Eastern Conference – First Round 

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (8) Chicago Bulls
Game 1 – Sun.  April 16  Chicago at Boston, 6:30 p.m., TNT
Game 2 – Tue.  April 18  Chicago at Boston, 8 p.m., TNT/R
Game 3 – Fri.  April 21  Boston at Chicago, 7 p.m.,  ESPN
Game 4 – Sun.  April 23  Boston at Chicago, 6:30 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Wed.  April 26  Chicago at Boston, TBD
Game 6 * Fri.  April 28  Boston at Chicago, TBD
Game 7 * Sun.  April 30  Chicago at Boston, TBD

(2) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (7) Indiana Pacers
Game 1
– Sat.  April 15  Indiana at Cleveland, 3 p.m.,  ABC/R
Game 2 – Mon.  April 17  Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m., TNT/R
Game 3 – Thu. April 20  Cleveland at Indiana, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 4 – Sun. April 23  Cleveland at Indiana, 1 p.m., ABC/R
Game 5 * Tue. April 25  Indiana at Cleveland, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. April 27  Cleveland at Indiana, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. April 29  Indiana at Cleveland, TBD, TNT

(3) Toronto Raptors vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks
Game 1
– Sat.  April 15  Milwaukee at Toronto, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 – Tue.  April 18  Milwaukee at Toronto, 7 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 – Thu. April 20  Toronto at Milwaukee, 8 p.m., NBA TV
Game 4 – Sat.  April 22  Toronto at Milwaukee, 3 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Mon.  April 24  Milwaukee at Toronto, 7 p.m., NBA TV
Game 6 * Thu. April 27  Toronto at Milwaukee, TBD
Game 7 * Sat.  April 29  Milwaukee at Toronto,  TBD, TNT

(4) Washington Wizards vs. (5) Atlanta Hawks
Game 1
– Sun.  April 16  Atlanta at Washington, 1 p.m., TNT
Game 2 – Wed.  April 19  Atlanta at Washington, 7 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 – Sat. April 22  Washington at Atlanta, 5:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4 – Mon. April 24  Washington at Atlanta, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Wed. April 26  Atlanta at Washington, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. April 28  Washington at Atlanta, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. April 30  Atlanta at Washington, TBD


Western Conference – First Round 

(1) Golden State vs. (8) Portland Trail Blazers
Game 1
– Sun.  April 16  Portland at Golden State, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R
Game 2 – Wed.  April 19  Portland at Golden State, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Sat. April 22  Golden State at Portland, 10:30 p.m., ESPN/R
Game 4 – Mon.  April 24  Golden State at Portland, 10:30 p.m., TNT/R
Game 5 * Wed. April 26  Portland at Golden State, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. April 28  Golden State at Portland, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. April 30  Portland at Golden State, TBD

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Memphis Grizzlies
Game 1
– Sat. April 15  Memphis at San Antonio, 8 p.m.,  ESPN
Game 2 – Mon. April 17  Memphis at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Thu. April 20  San Antonio at Memphis, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4 – Sat. April 22  San Antonio at Memphis, 8 p.m., ESPN
Game 5 * Tue. April 25  Memphis at San Antonio,  TBD
Game 6 * Thu. April 27  San Antonio at Memphis, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. April 29  Memphis at San Antonio, TBD, TNT

(3) Houston Rockets vs. (6) Oklahoma City Thunder
Game 1
– Sun. April 16  Oklahoma City at Houston, 9 p.m., TNT
Game 2 – Wed. April 19  Oklahoma City at Houston, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Fri. April 21  Houston at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m., ESPN/R
Game 4 – Sun. April 23  Houston at Oklahoma City, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R
Game 5 * Tue. April 25  Oklahoma City at Houston, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. April 27  Houston at Oklahoma City, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. April 29  Oklahoma City at Houston, TNT

(4) L.A. Clippers vs. (5) Utah Jazz
Game 1
– Sat. April 15  Utah at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 – Tue. April 18  Utah at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 – Fri. April 21  L.A. Clippers at Utah, 10 p.m., ESPN2
Game 4 – Sun. April 23  L.A. Clippers at Utah,  9 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue. April 25  Utah at L.A. Clippers, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. April 28  L.A. Clippers at Utah, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. April 30  Utah at L.A. Clippers, TBD

* = if necessary
All times are Eastern

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