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When will the 2021 NBA Finals start?

The Conference Finals are slowly coming to a close and we’re almost set for the NBA Finals matchup. The latest start date wouldn’t be until the second week of July.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is pressured by Danilo Gallinari of the Atlanta Hawks during the first half in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals at Fiserv Forum on June 25, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The 2021 NBA Playoffs are almost into the final round with the four teams competing for a chance at the Larry O’Brien Trophy in July. The Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks enter the final weekend in June tied 1-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns are a bit ahead, with Phoenix holding a 2-1 lead entering Saturday, June 26th. Both series are very much up in the air and we won’t know who will be competing in the 2021 NBA Finals until next week.

Here we’ll be keeping track of the conference finals and when the 2021 NBA Finals is set to begin in July.

Update: The Bucks defeated the Hawks in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals and will face the Suns in the Finals. Game 1 will be in Phoenix on Tuesday, July 6.

Update: The Suns defeated the Clippers 130-103 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals to advance to the third title series in their franchise history. It’s the first time the Suns are in the Finals since 1993, when Charles Barkley and Phoenix fell to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. It is the first NBA Finals appearance for Chris Paul, who scored 41 points in the series-clinching win.

NBA Conference Finals schedule

No. 5 Hawks vs. No. 3 Bucks series: Bucks win series 4-2

Game 1: Hawks 116, Bucks 113
Game 2: Bucks 125, Hawks 91
Game 3: Bucks 113, Hawks 102
Game 4: Hawks 110, Bucks 88
Game 5: Bucks 123, Hawks 112
Game 6 (if needed): Bucks 118, Hawks 107

No. 2 Suns vs. No. 4 Clippers series: PHX wins series 4-2

Game 1: Suns 120, Clippers 114
Game 2: Suns 104, Clippers 103
Game 3: Clippers 106, Suns 92
Game 4: Suns 84, Clippers 80
Game 5: Clippers 116, Suns 102
Game 6: Suns 130, Clippers 103