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Busy Thursday schedule includes NBA play-in series determined, Champions League, NHL playoffs

Major sports are in full swing once again and we’re getting into some key contests across the leagues. We break down the complete schedule for Thursday, August 13th.

Ondrej Palat celebrates the game winning goal by Brayden Point and the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Columbus Blue Jackets at 10:27 of the fifth overtime period in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 11, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Sports is back in full swing, and the Covid-19 delays have resulted in more sports than normal at this point. Once football returns in September, the schedule will go from crazy to absolutely ridiculous.

Here’s a look at what today’s television schedule looks like for North American sports and some big time soccer. The day is underway with the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, and that will be going on well into the afternoon. The evening wraps up with Game 2 of the Flames-Stars series. We’ve separated out the baseball schedule as some days the volume can be overwhelming.

Picture-in-picture and multiple televisions and computer screens can let the most die-hard of sports fans watch just about everything on this schedule, but you might need to pick and choose depending on your screen and/or work day limitations.

We have plenty of key contests to switch between depending on your interests. The NBA has games tipping at noon and 1:30 p.m. ET, but neither has implications on playoff seeding. The most significant sports start at 3 p.m. with Game 2 of the Blue Jackets and Lightning alongside the start of the Champions League quarterfinal match between RB Leipzig and Atlético Madrid.

The most important NBA action starts at 4 p.m. when the Grizzlies face the Bucks and the Suns face the Mavericks. The 8 seed is up for grab in the Western Conference and will be decided by a play-in series between the two best teams of the Grizzlies, Suns, Spurs, and Trail Blazers. The Spurs and Trail Blazers tip at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively, so we won’t know until well into the evening how things shake out.

If you’re looking for some non-playoff competitiveness, check out Lynx-Aces at 9 p.m. They are tied for second at 6-2 behind the Seattle Storm.

There is plenty of action all day and into the evening, so feel free to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook or enter your DFS lineups. All times below are Eastern Time.

10 a.m.: Wyndham Championship tees off — Golf Channel, PGA Tour Live
12 p.m.: Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics — Local stations
1:30 p.m.: Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers — Local stations
3 p.m.: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Game 2 — NBCSN
3 p.m.: RB Leipzig vs. Atlético Madrid, UEFA Champions League quarterfinal — CBS All Access
4 p.m.: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Memphis Grizzlies — Local stations
4 p.m.: Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns — TNT
5:30 p.m.: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vegas Golden Knights — NBCSN
6 p.m.: Indiana Fever vs. New York Liberty — YES, FOX Sports Indiana
6:30 p.m.: San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz — TNT
7 p.m.: Los Angeles Sparks vs. Washington Mystics — ESPN
8 p.m.: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins — NBCSN
9 p.m.: Minnesota Lynx vs. Las Vegas Aces — ESPN
9 p.m.: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets — TNT
9 p.m.: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Orlando Magic — Local stations
10:30 p.m.: Calgary Flames vs. Dallas Stars — NBCSN

MLB schedule

1:10 p.m.: Nationals vs. Mets — MLB Network
4 p.m.: Orioles vs. Phillies — ESPN
4:30 p.m.: Rays vs. Red Sox — ESPN+
5:10 p.m.: Pirates vs. Reds — MLB Network
7:15 p.m.: Brewers vs. Cubs — FOX
9:40 p.m.: Padres vs. Dodgers — Local stations