NBA Playoff Schedule 2020: Start Date, TV Times & First Round Games

NBA Playoff TV Schedule

Getty The Clippers will take on the Mavericks in the 2020 NBA playoffs.

The 2020 NBA Playoffs start on Monday, August 17 with the first-round matchups, but the Western Conference play-in tournament will tip-off on Saturday, August 15. The Magic clinched the No. 8 seed, so there will not be a play-in game for the final Eastern Conference spot. We will continue to update this with the specific schedule once it is announced by the NBA.

There will be four games each on the first two days of the playoffs broadcasted by ESPN and TNT. It will be a unique start to the postseason as the NBA playoffs typically begin on a Saturday but this has shifted to Monday in the NBA bubble.

The Blazers, Spurs, Suns and Grizzlies are all fighting for the two play-in spots with the eventual winner taking on the No. 1 Lakers in the first round. Aside from the Lakers’ opponent, the NBA playoff matchups have already been set. Here is a look at the upcoming NBA postseason series.


NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Matchups 2020

MATCHUPS
No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 8 Orlando Magic
No. 2 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 7 Brooklyn Nets
No. 3 Boston Celtics vs. No. 6 Philadelphia 76ers
No. 4 Indiana Pacers  vs. No. 5 Miami Heat

NBA Western Conference Playoff Matchups 2020

MATCHUPS
No. 1 L.A. Lakers vs. No. 8 Portland Trail Blazers
No. 2 L.A. Clippers vs. No. 7 Dallas Mavericks
No. 3 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 6 Utah Jazz
No. 4 Houston Rockets vs. No. 5 OKC Thunder

NBA Play-In Game Schedule

*The second game will only happen if the No. 9 seed wins the first matchup.

DATE GAME TIME(ET)/TV
Sat., August 15 Western Conference 8 vs.9 2:30 p.m. ABC
Sun., August 16 Western Conf. 8 vs. 9* 4:30 p.m. ESPN

NBA Playoffs 2020: First Round Schedule

Here is a look at the NBA playoff schedule so far. Games with an asterisk are if necessary.

DATE GAME TIME(ET)/TV
Mon., August 17 Jazz vs. Nuggets Game 1 1:30 p.m. ESPN
Mon., August 17 Nets vs. Raptors Game 1 4 p.m. ESPN
Mon., August 17 Sixers vs. Celtics Game 1 6:30 p.m. ESPN
Mon., August 17 Mavs vs. Clippers Game 1 9 p.m. ESPN

DATE GAME TIME(ET)/TV
Tues., August 18 Magic vs. Bucks Game 1 1:30 p.m. TNT
Tues., August 18 Heat vs. Pacers Game 1 4 p.m. TNT
Tues., August 18 OKC vs. Houston Game 1 6:30 p.m. TNT
Tues., August 18 Lakers vs. Play-In Winner 9 p.m. TNT

DATE GAME TIME(ET)/TV
Wed., August 19 Nets vs. Raptors Game 2 1:30 p.m. NBATV
Wed., August 19 Jazz vs. Nuggets Game 2 4 p.m. TNT
Wed., August 19 Celtics vs. Sixers Game 2 6:30 p.m. TNT
Wed., August 19 Clippers vs. Mavs Game 2 9 p.m. TNT

DATE GAME TIME(ET)/TV
Thurs., August 20 Heat vs. Pacers 1 p.m. ESPN
Thurs., August 20 OKC vs. Houston 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Thurs., August 20 Magic vs. Bucks 6 p.m. ESPN
Thurs., August 20 NBA Draft Lottery 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Thurs., August 20 Lakers vs. TBD 9 p.m. ESPN

DATE GAME TIME(ET)/TV
Fri., August 21 Raptors vs. Nets 1:30 p.m. NBATV
Fri., August 21 Jazz vs. Nuggets 4 p.m. TNT
Fri., August 21 Celtics vs. Sixers 6:30 p.m. TNT
Fri., August 21 Clippers vs. Mavericks 9 p.m. TNT

DATE GAME TIME(ET)/TV
Sat., August 22 Magic vs. Bucks 1:00 p.m. TNT
Sat., August 22 Heat vs. Pacers 3:30 p.m TNT
Sat., August 22 Rockets vs. Thunder 6 p.m. ESPN
Sat., August 22 Lakers vs. TBD 8:30 p.m. ABC

DATE GAME TIME(ET)/TV
Sun., August 23 Celtics vs. Sixers 1 p.m. ABC
Sun., August 23 Clippers vs. Mavericks 3:30 p.m. ABC
Sun., August 23 Raptors vs. Nets 6:30 p.m. TNT
Sun., August 23 Nuggets vs. Jazz 9 p.m. TNT

DATE GAME TIME(ET)/TV
Mon., August 24 Bucks vs. Magic 1:30 p.m. NBATV
Mon., August 24 Thunder vs. Rockets 4 p.m. TNT
Mon., August 24 Heat vs. Pacers 6:30 p.m. TNT
Mon., August 24 Lakers vs. TBD 9 p.m. TNT

DATE GAME TIME(ET)/TV
Tues., August 25 Nets vs. Raptors* TBD
Tues., August 25 Sixers vs. Celtics* TBD
Tues., August 25 Jazz vs. Nuggets* TBD
Tues., August 25 Mavs vs. Clippers* TBD


DATE GAME TIME(ET)/TV
Wed., August 26 Heat vs. Pacers* TBD
Wed., August 26 Magic vs. Bucks* TBD
Wed., August 26 Thunder vs. Rockets* TBD
Wed., August 26 Lakers vs. TBD* TBD


DATE GAME TIME(ET)/TV
Thurs., August 27 Celtics vs. Sixers* TBD ESPN
Thurs., August 27 Nets vs. Raptors* TBD ESPN
Thurs., August 27 Nuggets vs. Jazz* TBD ESPN
Thurs., August 27 Clippers vs. Mavericks* TBD ESPN

DATE GAME TIME(ET)/TV
Fri., August 28 Heat vs. Pacers* TBD
Fri., August 28 Bucks vs. Magic* TBD
Fri., August 28 Thunder vs. Rockets* TBD
Fri., August 28 Lakers vs. TBD* TBD

DATE GAME TIME(ET)/TV
Sat., August 29 Sixers vs. Celtics* TNT
Sat., August 29 Jazz vs. Nuggets* TNT
Sat., August 29 Nets vs. Raptors* TNT
Sat., August 29 Mavericks vs. Clippers* TNT

DATE GAME TIME(ET)/TV
Sun., August 30 Heat vs. Pacers* TBD
Sun., August 30 Magic vs. Bucks* TBD
Sun., August 30 Thunder vs. Rockets* TBD
Sun., August 30 Lakers vs. TBD* TBD

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