The NBA playoffs are about to begin with the regular season officially over. Let’s take a look at the full first-round schedule for each series.
The NBA regular season has reached its end, and now, it’s playoff time.
16 teams will battle for a chance to be hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy, but they will have to get through the gauntlet that is the playoffs. That journey officially begins on Saturday, Apr. 15, but first, the NBA play-in tournament will determine the No. 7 and 8 seeds in both the Eastern and Western Conferences. Besides that, the postseason matchups are officially set.
First, let’s look at the first-round matchups in the Eastern Conference:
- No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks (58-24) vs. No. 8 TBD
- No. 2 Boston Celtics (57-25) vs. No. 7 TBD
- No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers (54-28) vs. No. 6 Brooklyn Nets (45-37)
- No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31) vs. No. 5 New York Knicks (47-35)
Now, here are the first-round matchups in the Western Conference:
- No. 1 Denver Nuggets (53-29) vs. No. 8 TBD
- No. 2 Memphis Grizzlies (51-31) vs. No. 7 TBD
- No. 3 Sacramento Kings (48-34) vs. No. 6 Golden State Warriors (44-38)
- No. 4 Phoenix Suns (45-37) vs. No. 5 Los Angeles Clippers (44-38)
For those that were wondering what the first-round schedule for every matchup is, we have you covered.
NBA first round schedule for every matchup
As of this writing, the dates and times for the first game of every series has been revealed. Dates beyond that have yet to be announced. Realistically, we should get a better idea of the full schdule once the NBA play-in tournament concludes.
So, let’s look at the schedule that the NBA has announced thus far.
Saturday, Apr. 15
- Nets at 76ers, Game 1, 1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
- Hawks at Celtics, Game 1, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
- Knicks at Cavaliers, Game 1, 6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
- Warriors at Kings, Game 1, 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Sunday, Apr. 16
- East No. 8 at Bucks, Game 1, TBD, TBD
- West No. 8 at Nuggets, Game 1, TBD, TBD
- West No. 7 at Grizzlies, Game 1, TBD, TBD
- Clippers at Suns, Game 1, TBD, TBD