How to watch 2021 NBA Playoffs: Full first-round schedule

NBA Playoff season is right here.

On Saturday, the street to the 2021 NBA title begins, with 16 groups vying for 16 wins and the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.

The Utah Jazz earned the Western Conference’s high seed with a 52-20 report, however can have to get previous Ja Morant and the shocking Memphis Grizzlies to advance. LeBron James and the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers have their work minimize out for them, incomes the No. 7 seed with a dramatic play-in win over the Warriors and drawing a matchup with the vaunted Phoenix Suns.

In the East, the Philadelphia 76ers edged out the Brooklyn Nets for the highest spot within the convention, however Brooklyn’s vaunted Big 3 — Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving — are all wholesome and prepared to make their title push. Their run begins in opposition to the rival Boston Celtics. The neighboring Knicks, again within the playoff for the primary time in eight seasons, aren’t content material simply to be right here. The No. 4 seed will host the Atlanta Hawks for at the very least a pair of video games in front of 15,000 fans at Madison Square Garden.

Here’s how to catch all of the NBA Playoff motion:


When do the NBA Playoff begin?

The postseason formally kicks off on Saturday, May 22, with a 2 p.m. Eastern matchup between the No. 3 Milwaukee Bucks and the sixth-seeded Miami Heat. Each sequence opens with one sport this weekend.

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball
LeBron James gained’t have a straightforward time defending the Lakers’ NBA title in 2021.
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How can I watch the 2021 NBA Playoffs?

Fans can catch all of the playoff motion by numerous streaming providers, together with WatchESPNWatchTNTSling TVHulu Live TV and fuboTV, which affords a free 7-day trial. ESPN, TNT and ABC will carry the vast majority of the primary spherical, with streaming accessible on each desktop and cell units by downloading the respective apps. 

What are the first-round matchups?

Conference seeding in (parentheses)

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Philadelphia 76ers (1) vs. Washington Wizards (8)
Brooklyn Nets (2) vs. Boston Celtics (7)
Milwaukee Bucks (3) vs. Miami Heat (6)
New York Knicks (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5)

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Utah Jazz (1) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (8)
Phoenix Suns (2) vs. L.A. Lakers (7)
Denver Nuggets (3) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (6)
LA Clippers (4) vs. Dallas Mavericks (5)

How do the NBA Playoffs work?

The high eight groups from the Eastern and Western Conferences are seeded 1 by 8 by their common season report. Teams with the very best seeds in each matchup get home-court benefit for the primary two video games of their best-of-seven sequence, with the decrease seed internet hosting Games 3 & 4 and potential Games 5-7 alternating websites.

What is the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy and who’s it named for?

The award — formed like a ball going right into a hoop — is given to the winner of the NBA Finals and named for the league’s former commissioner who served from 1975-1984.

The trophy has seen just a few designs and title modifications in its historical past: Originally referred to as the NBA Finals trophy and renamed the Walter A. Brown trophy for the late proprietor on the Boston Celtics in 1964, it was initially a bowl design. The present look was created for the 1977 NBA Finals, nonetheless beneath the Walter A. Brown moniker. That was modified to the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy in 1984.

The 15.5-pound prize stands two toes tall and is manufactured from sterling silver and vermeil with a 24 karat gold overlay. Winning groups have their names engraved on it.

What is the complete first-round schedule?

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Philadelphia 76ers (1) vs. Washington Wizards (8)

Game 1: Sunday, May 23 | Washington at Philadelphia, 1 ET, TNT
Game 2: Wednesday, May 26 | Washington at Philadelphia, 7 ET, NBA TV
Game 3: Saturday, May 29 | Philadelphia at Washington, TBD, ESPN
Game 4: Monday, May 31 | Philadelphia at Washington, TBD, TNT
Game 5: Wednesday, June 2 | Washington at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD (if crucial)
Game 6: Friday, June 4 | Philadelphia at Washington, TBD, TBD (if crucial)
Game 7: Sunday, June 6 | Washington at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD (if crucial)

Brooklyn Nets (2) vs. Boston Celtics (7)

Game 1: Saturday, May 22 | Boston at Brooklyn, 8 ET, ABC
Game 2: Tuesday, May 25 | Boston at Brooklyn, 7:30 ET, TNT
Game 3: Friday, May 28 | Brooklyn at Boston, 8:30 ET, ABC
Game 4: Sunday, May 30 | Brooklyn at Boston, 7 ET, TNT
Game 5: Tuesday, June 1 | Boston at Brooklyn, TBD, TBD (if crucial)
Game 6: Thursday, June 3 | Brooklyn at Boston, TBD, TBD (if crucial)
Game 7: Saturday, June 5 | Boston at Brooklyn, TBD, TBD (if crucial)

Milwaukee Bucks (3) vs. Miami Heat (6)

Game 1: Saturday, May 22 | Miami at Milwaukee, 2 ET, ESPN
Game 2: Monday, May 24 | Miami at Milwaukee, 7:30 ET, TNT
Game 3: Thursday, May 27 | Milwaukee at Miami, 7:30 ET, TNT
Game 4: Saturday, May 29 | Milwaukee at Miami, 1:30 ET, TNT
Game 5: Tuesday, June 1 | Miami at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD (if crucial)
Game 6: Thursday, June 3 | Milwaukee at Miami, TBD, TBD (if crucial)
Game 7: Saturday, June 5 | Miami at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD (if crucial)

New York Knicks (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5)

Game 1: Sunday, May 23 | Atlanta at New York, 7 ET, TNT
Game 2: Wednesday, May 26 | Atlanta at New York, 7:30 ET, TNT
Game 3: Friday, May 28 | New York at Atlanta, 7 ET, ESPN
Game 4: Sunday, May 30 | New York at Atlanta, 1 ET, ABC
Game 5: Wednesday, June 2 | Atlanta at New York, TBD, TBD (if crucial)
Game 6: Friday, June 4 | New York at Atlanta, TBD, TBD (if crucial)
Game 7: Sunday, June 6 | Atlanta at New York, TBD, TBD (if crucial)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Utah Jazz (1) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (8)

Game 1: Sunday, May 23 | Memphis at Utah, 9:30 ET, TNT
Game 2: Wednesday, May 26 | Memphis at Utah, 10 ET, TNT
Game 3: Saturday, May 29 | Utah at Memphis, TBD, ESPN
Game 4: Monday, May 31 | Utah at Memphis, TBD, TNT
Game 5: Wednesday, June 2 | Memphis at Utah, TBD, TBD (if crucial)
Game 6: Friday, June 4 | Utah at Memphis, TBD, TBD (if crucial)
Game 7: Sunday, June 6 | Memphis at Utah, TBD, TBD (if crucial)

Phoenix Suns (2) vs. L.A. Lakers (7)

Game 1: Sunday, May 23 | L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, 3:30 ET, ABC
Game 2: Tuesday, May 25 | L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, 10 ET, TNT
Game 3: Thursday, May 27 | Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 10 ET, TNT
Game 4: Sunday, May 30 | Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 ET, ABC
Game 5: Tuesday, June 1 | L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, TBD, TBD (if crucial)
Game 6: Thursday, June 3 | Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TBD (if crucial)
Game 7: Saturday, June 5 | L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, TBD, TBD (if crucial)

Denver Nuggets (3) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (6)

Game 1: Saturday, May 22 | Portland at Denver, 10:30 ET, ESPN
Game 2: Monday, May 24 | Portland at Denver, 10 ET, TNT
Game 3: Thursday, May 27 | Denver at Portland, 10:30 ET, NBA TV
Game 4: Saturday, May 29 | Denver at Portland, 4 ET, TNT
Game 5: Tuesday, June 1 | Portland at Denver, TBD, TBD (if crucial)
Game 6: Thursday, June 3 | Denver at Portland, TBD, TBD (if crucial)
Game 7: Saturday, June 5 | Portland at Denver, TBD, TBD (if crucial)

LA Clippers (4) vs. Dallas Mavericks (5)

Game 1: Saturday, May 22 | Dallas at LA Clippers, 4:30 ET, ESPN
Game 2: Tuesday, May 25 | Dallas at LA Clippers, 10:30 ET, NBA TV
Game 3: Friday, May 28 | LA Clippers at Dallas, 9:30 ET, ESPN
Game 4: Sunday, May 30 | LA Clippers at Dallas, 9:30 ET, TNT
Game 5: Wednesday, June 2 | Dallas at LA Clippers, TBD, TBD (if crucial)
Game 6: Friday, June 4 | LA Clippers at Dallas, TBD, TBD (if crucial)
Game 7: Sunday, June 6 | Dallas at LA Clippers, TBD, TBD (if crucial)

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