The 2019 NBA Playoffs have featured a few wild finishes, some near-surprises and a number of great games thus far. Every team still in the mix has its sights set on the big prize and a trip to the 2019 NBA Finals.
Heading into this year’s playoffs, the Golden State Warriors remained the team to beat, as they’ve won back-to-back titles and three of the last four. There’s plenty of competition on both sides of the bracket and teams capable of knocking off the Warriors, but it’ll be a tall task regardless.
We’re going to take a look at the NBA Finals schedule with dates and times as they’re revealed, while also evaluating the second-round matchups and Eastern/Western Conference Finals. From there, we’ll breakdown a prediction on who will win the NBA Finals.
NBA Playoff Second Round & Conference Finals Schedule
Round 2 Matchups
- No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 4 Boston Celtics (East)
- No. 2 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers (East)
- No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 4 Houston Rockets (West)
- No. 2 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 3 Portland Trail Blazers (West)
As seen above, it was the top-four seeds from both the Eastern and Western Conferences that advanced out of the opening round. From here, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a few upsets, but each lower seed will have their work cut out for them to advance to the semifinals of the NBA playoffs.
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The full second-round schedule can be found here, and how it plays out will impact the schedule (dates and times) for the next round potentially.
NBA Playoffs Conference Finals Schedule
The tentative start dates for both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals are listed below next to each matchup and are courtesy of Sports Media Watch. Each series could potentially be moved up one or two days, depending on how the previous matchups go. We’ll update the teams who advance as well as the start dates for the semifinals once they’re revealed.
- Western Conference: TBD vs. TBD (Tuesday, May 14 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN)
- Eastern Conference: Milwaukee Bucks vs. TBD (Wednesday, May 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET on TNT)
The schedules could change, but the tentative times and dates are out, per Sports Media Watch. If anything, the start dates of each series would be moved up to May 12-13.
2019 NBA Finals Schedule, Dates & Predictions
Sports Media Group revealed the latest information on the full schedule, start date and television schedule for the NBA Finals.
Thursday, May 30
- Game 1: 9 p.m. ET (ABC)
Sunday, June 2
- Game 2: 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
Wednesday, June 5
- Game 3: 9 p.m. ET (ABC)
Friday, June 7
- Game 4: 9 p.m. ET (ABC)
Monday, June 10
- *Game 5: 9 p.m. ET (ABC)
Thursday, June 13
- *Game 6: 9 p.m. ET (ABC)
Sunday, June 16
- *Game 7: 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
NBA Finals Prediction 2019
The Warriors impressed while closing out both the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rocket as they battled through injuries in the process. But their clean sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers without both Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins certainly stood out. They’re the team to beat in the NBA Finals, without question.
Out of the Eastern Conference, I previously picked the Milwaukee Bucks, but the Toronto Raptors pulled off an impressive come-from-behind upset to advance to the NBA Finals. I had the Bucks pegged to win the title, but as much as I like the Raptors, Golden State is going to be a tough out.
NBA Finals prediction: Golden State Warriors defeat Toronto Raptors in six games