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NBA playoff agenda: First-round matchups, dates, game times and TV info

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Printed 1: 15 a.m. ET Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 21, 2021 | As much as this point 2: 49 a.m. ET Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 21, 2021

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SportsPulse: Mackenzie Salmon and Label Medina atomize down what’s ahead for the Los Angeles Lakers after beating the Warriors in the play-in match.

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The NBA playoffs are upon us, and the quest for the Larry O’Brien Trophy is on.

Within the Eastern Convention, the Philadelphia 76ers are the head seed for the predominant time in 20 years with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons leading the most effective procedure. The 2d-seeded Brooklyn Nets and their star trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving are solid contenders, as are two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the third-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

The Utah Jazz are the No. 1 seed in the Western Convention, with the Phoenix Suns 2d after a step forward season with Chris Paul steering the ship. The West is as stacked as ever, with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the seventh location after a hit a play-in game.

Below is the full agenda for the predominant round of the 2021 playoffs, with matchups, game times and where to gape. (All times p.m. Eastern; * – if essential)

FIRST ROUND

Eastern Convention

No. 1 Sixers vs. No. 8 Wizards

  • Sunday: Wizards at Sixers (1, TNT)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 26: Wizards at Sixers (7, NBATV)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 29: Sixers at Wizards (ESPN)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 31: Sixers at Wizards (TNT)
  • June 2: Wizards at Sixers*
  • June 4: Sixers at Wizards*
  • June 6: Wizards at Sixers*

No. 2 Nets vs. No. 7 Celtics

  • Saturday: Celtics at Nets (8, ABC)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 25: Celtics at Nets (7: 30, TNT)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 28: Nets at Celtics (8: 30, ABC)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 30: Nets at Celtics (7, TNT)
  • June 1: Celtics at Nets*
  • June 3: Nets at Celtics*
  • June 5: Celtics at Nets*

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SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt breaks down two groups at the head of the Eastern Convention who’re under stress to derive a deep bustle in the NBA playoffs.

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No. 3 Bucks vs. No. 6 Warmth

  • Saturday: Warmth at Bucks (2, ESPN)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 24: Warmth at Bucks (7: 30, TNT)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 27: Bucks at Warmth (7: 30, TNT)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 29: Bucks at Warmth (1: 30, TNT)
  • June 1: Warmth at Bucks*
  • June 3: Bucks at Warmth*
  • June 5: Warmth at Bucks*

No. 4 Knicks vs. No. 5 Hawks

  • Sunday: Hawks at Knicks (7, TNT)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 26: Hawks at Knicks (7: 30, TNT)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 28: Knicks at Hawks (7, ESPN)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 30: Knicks at Hawks (1, ABC)
  • June 2: Hawks at Knicks*
  • June 4: Knicks at Hawks*
  • June 6: Hawks at Knicks*

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SportsPulse: Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic breaks down why the Clippers are feeling the stress to decide a championship in these NBA playoffs.

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Western Convention

No. 1 Jazz vs. No. 8 Warriors/Grizzlies

  • Sunday: Warriors/Grizzlies at Jazz (9: 30, TNT)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 26: Warriors/Grizzlies at Jazz (10, TNT)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 29: Jazz at Warriors/Grizzlies (ESPN)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 31: Jazz at Warriors/Grizzlies (TNT)
  • June 2: Warriors/Grizzlies at Jazz*
  • June 4: Jazz at Warriors/Grizzlies*
  • June 6: Warriors/Grizzlies at Jazz*

No. 2 Suns vs. No. 7 Lakers

  • Sunday: Lakers at Suns (3: 30, ABC)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 25: Lakers at Suns (10, TNT)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 27: Suns at Lakers (10, TNT)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 30: Suns at Lakers (3: 30, ABC)
  • June 1: Lakers at Suns*
  • June 3: Suns at Lakers*
  • June 5: Lakers at Suns*

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SportsPulse: Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic breaks down a first-round series between the Suns and Lakers and what Phoenix has to produce to upset L.A.

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No. 3 Nuggets vs. No. 6 Blazers

  • Saturday: Blazers at Nuggets (10: 30, ESPN)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 24: Blazers at Nuggets (10, TNT)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 27: Nuggets at Blazers (10: 30, NBATV)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 29: Nuggets at Blazers (4, TNT)
  • June 1: Blazers at Nuggets*
  • June 3: Nuggets at Blazers*
  • June 5: Blazers at Nuggets*

No. 4 Clippers vs. No. 5 Mavericks

  • Saturday: Mavericks at Clippers (4: 30, ESPN)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 25: Mavericks at Clippers (10: 30, NBATV)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 28: Clippers at Mavericks (9: 30, ESPN)
  • Might maybe per chance per chance furthermore 30: Clippers at Mavericks (9: 30, TNT)
  • June 2: Mavericks at Clippers*
  • June 4: Clippers at Mavericks*
  • June 6: Mavericks at Clippers*

PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT

Eastern Convention

  • Celtics 118, Wizards 100 (Boston clinches No. 7 seed)
  • Pacers 144, Hornets 117 (Charlotte eradicated)
  • Wizards 142, Pacers 115 (Washington clinches No. 8 seed)

Western Convention

  • Lakers 103, Warriors 100 (Los Angeles clinches No. 7 seed)
  • Grizzlies 100, Spurs 96 (San Antonio eradicated)
  • Warriors vs. Grizzlies (winner clinches No. 8 seed)

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