NBA Playoff Schedule 2019: First Round Dates, Times & Best Matchups

NBA playoff schedule 2019

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The 2019 NBA Playoffs are set, and with a few of the final seedings now locked in, we know how the opening-round schedule will look. The fight for playoff position came down to the final day of the season, and even the No. 8 seed in the East remained up in the air at that point.

We’re going to take a look at the matchups, along with the dates and times of the first round, which were revealed by Sports Media Watch. Let’s start off with the first-round outlook in terms of which teams will square off with the action getting underway on Saturday, April 13 with a full weekend of games.


First-Round Western Conference NBA Playoff Matchups

*NOTE: Matchups updated below after Thursday’s results.

First-round matchups:

  • (1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) Los Angeles Clippers
  • (2) Denver Nuggets vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs
  • (3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) Oklahoma City Thunder
  • (4) Houston Rockets vs. (5) Utah Jazz

First-Round Eastern Conference NBA Playoff Matchups

*NOTE: Matchups updated below after Thursday’s results.

First-round matchups:

  • (1) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (8) Detroit Pistons
  • (2) Toronto Raptors vs. (7) Orlando Magic
  • (3) Philadelphia 76ers vs (6) Brooklyn Nets
  • (4) Boston Celtics vs. (5) Indiana Pacers

Round 1 NBA Playoff Schedule

Note: Times and dates have been released. Information below is courtesy of Sports Media Watch.

Saturday, April 13

  • Game 1: Nets vs. 76ers 2:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • Game 1: Magic vs. Raptors 5:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • Game 1: Clippers vs. Warriors 8:00 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 1: Spurs vs. Nuggets 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Sunday, April 14

  • Game 1: Pacers vs. Celtics 1:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 1: Blazers vs. Thunder 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 1: Pistons vs. Bucks 7:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 1: Jazz vs. Rockets 9:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Monday, April 15

  • Game 2: Nets vs. 76ers 8:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 2: Clippers vs. Warriors 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Tuesday, April 16

  • Game 2: Magic vs. Raptors 8:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 2: Spurs vs. Nuggets 9:00 p.m. ET (NBATV)
  • Game 2: Blazers vs. Thunder 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Wednesday, April 17

  • Game 2: Pacers vs. Celtics 7:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 2: Pistons vs. Bucks 8:00 p.m. ET (NBATV)
  • Game 2: Jazz vs. Rockets 9:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Thursday, April 18

  • Game 3: Nets vs. 76ers 8:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 3: Spurs vs. Nuggets 9:00 p.m. ET (NBATV)
  • Game 3: Clippers vs. Warriors 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Friday, April 19

  • Game 3: Magic vs. Raptors 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • Game 3: Pacers vs. Celtics 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 3: Blazers vs. Thunder 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Saturday, April 20

  • Game 4: Nets vs. 76ers 3:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 4: Spurs vs. Nuggets 5:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 3: Pistons vs. Bucks 8:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • Game 3: Jazz vs. Rockets 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Sunday, April 21

  • Game 4: Pacers vs. Celtics 1:00 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 4: Clippers vs. Warriors 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 4: Magic vs. Raptors 7:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 4: Blazers vs. Thunder 9:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Monday, April 22

  • Game 4: Pistons vs. Bucks 8:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 4: Jazz vs. Rockets 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Friday, April 26

  • Game 6: TBD 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPN News)*
  • Game 6: TBD 8:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)*
  • Game 6: TBD 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN News)*
  • Game 6: TBD 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)*

Sunday, April 28

  • Game 7: TBD 1 p.m. ET (ABC)*
  • Game 7: TBD 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)*

*If necessary

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