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NBA announces first round schedule for 2021 NBA Playoffs

The NBA Playoffs tip off on Saturday and we’ve got a schedule for the first round. We break down dates, times, and TV info.

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The NBA Playoffs get underway this Saturday, May 23 when the first round tips in four cities. The play-in tournament has advanced through its first four games and will play the final two on Thursday and Friday. The No. 7 seed in each conference has been settled and now the Wizards and Pacers will determine the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference while the Warriors and Grizzlies will determine the No. 8 seed for the Western Conference.

While we await those results, the NBA unveiled the full first round schedule, including dates, times, and television channels. Some times and channels remain to be determined, but we know how things will get going this coming weekend. We’ll update this article with the relevant information once the play-in tournament wraps on Friday.

Eastern Conference

Philadelphia 76ers (1) vs. Washington Wizards/Indiana Pacers (8)

  • Game 1: Sunday, May 23 | WAS/IND at Philadelphia, 1 ET, TNT
  • Game 2: Wednesday, May 26 | WAS/IND at Philadelphia, 7 ET, NBA TV
  • Game 3: Saturday, May 29 | Philadelphia at WAS/IND, TBD, ESPN
  • Game 4: Monday, May 31 | Philadelphia at WAS/IND, TBD, TNT
  • Game 5: Wednesday, June 2 | WAS/IND at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 6: Friday, June 4 | Philadelphia at WAS/IND, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 7: Sunday, June 6 | WAS/IND at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD (if necessary)

Brooklyn Nets (2) vs. Boston Celtics (7)

  • Game 1: Saturday, May 22 | Boston at Brooklyn, 8 ET, ABC
  • Game 2: Tuesday, May 25 | Boston at Brooklyn, 7:30 ET, TNT
  • Game 3: Friday, May 28 | Brooklyn at Boston, 8:30 ET, ABC
  • Game 4: Sunday, May 30 | Brooklyn at Boston, 7 ET, TNT
  • Game 5: Tuesday, June 1 | Boston at Brooklyn, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 6: Thursday, June 3 | Brooklyn at Boston, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 7: Saturday, June 5 | Boston at Brooklyn, TBD, TBD (if necessary)

Milwaukee Bucks (3) vs. Miami Heat (6)

  • Game 1: Saturday, May 22 | Miami at Milwaukee, 2 ET, ESPN
  • Game 2: Monday, May 24 | Miami at Milwaukee, 7:30 ET, TNT
  • Game 3: Thursday, May 27 | Milwaukee at Miami, 7:30 ET, TNT
  • Game 4: Saturday, May 29 | Milwaukee at Miami, 1:30 ET, TNT
  • Game 5: Tuesday, June 1 | Miami at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 6: Thursday, June 3 | Milwaukee at Miami, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 7: Saturday, June 5 | Miami at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD (if necessary)

New York Knicks (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5)

  • Game 1: Sunday, May 23 | Atlanta at New York, 7 ET, TNT
  • Game 2: Wednesday, May 26 | Atlanta at New York, 7:30 ET, TNT
  • Game 3: Friday, May 28 | New York at Atlanta, 7 ET, ESPN
  • Game 4: Sunday, May 30 | New York at Atlanta, 1 ET, ABC
  • Game 5: Wednesday, June 2 | Atlanta at New York, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 6: Friday, June 4 | New York at Atlanta, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 7: Sunday, June 6 | Atlanta at New York, TBD, TBD (if necessary)

Western Conference

Utah Jazz (1) vs. Golden State Warriors/Memphis Grizzlies (8)

  • Game 1: Sunday, May 23 | GSW/MEM at Utah, 9:30 ET, TNT
  • Game 2: Wednesday, May 26 | GSW/MEM at Utah, 10 ET, TNT
  • Game 3: Saturday, May 29 | Utah at GSW/MEM, TBD, ESPN
  • Game 4: Monday, May 31 | Utah at GSW/MEM, TBD, TNT
  • Game 5: Wednesday, June 2 | GSW/MEM at Utah, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 6: Friday, June 4 | Utah at GSW/MEM, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 7: Sunday, June 6 | GSW/MEM at Utah, TBD, TBD (if necessary)

Phoenix Suns (2) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (7)

  • Game 1: Sunday, May 23 | L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, 3:30 ET, ABC
  • Game 2: Tuesday, May 25 | L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, 10 ET, TNT
  • Game 3: Thursday, May 27 | Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 10 ET, TNT
  • Game 4: Sunday, May 30 | Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 ET, ABC
  • Game 5: Tuesday, June 1 | L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 6: Thursday, June 3 | Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 7: Saturday, June 5 | L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, TBD, TBD (if necessary)

Denver Nuggets (3) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (6)

  • Game 1: Saturday, May 22 | Portland at Denver, 10:30 ET, ESPN
  • Game 2: Monday, May 24 | Portland at Denver, 10 ET, TNT
  • Game 3: Thursday, May 27 | Denver at Portland, 10:30 ET, NBA TV
  • Game 4: Saturday, May 29 | Denver at Portland, 4 ET, TNT
  • Game 5: Tuesday, June 1 | Portland at Denver, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 6: Thursday, June 3 | Denver at Portland, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 7: Saturday, June 5 | Portland at Denver, TBD, TBD (if necessary)

Los Angeles Clippers (4) vs. Dallas Mavericks (5)

  • Game 1: Saturday, May 22 | Dallas at LA Clippers, 4:30 ET, ESPN
  • Game 2: Tuesday, May 25 | Dallas at LA Clippers, 10:30 ET, NBA TV
  • Game 3: Friday, May 28 | LA Clippers at Dallas, 9:30 ET, ESPN
  • Game 4: Sunday, May 30 | LA Clippers at Dallas, 9:30 ET, TNT
  • Game 5: Wednesday, June 2 | Dallas at LA Clippers, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 6: Friday, June 4 | LA Clippers at Dallas, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 7: Sunday, June 6 | Dallas at LA Clippers, TBD, TBD (if necessary)