NBA Playoff Schedule 2019: Dates & Matchups For First Round

The NBA playoffs are finally upon us and the world will finally see if any competitor can take down the Golden State Warriors. The western conference playoff picture is set in stone, but the eight seed in the east is still up in the air.

Here are the projected opening-round matchups, games to look for in the opening round, and the playoff schedule.


Eastern Conference

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

View this post on Instagram

🙂

A post shared by Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) on

One game to watch for in the east is the matchup between the 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets have finally struck relevancy once again. Their previous seasons have been characterized by mediocrity and poor play. However, star guard D’Angelo Russell had different plans this season. Russell has led the Nets to an overall record of 41-40 which is good for the six seed right now. However, the Nets are charged with the tough task of taking on the 76ers.

The 76ers arguably have the second best starting lineup right behind the Warriors. Ben Simmions continues to be a mismatch for just about any guard. Joel Embid has asserted himself as the most dominant center in the league. Jimmy Butler and J.J. Reddick round off a lethal backcourt and Tobias Harris has solidified himself as a premier forward. This lineup has led the 76ers to an overall record of 50-31 which is good for the third seed.


Western Conference

  • (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

View this post on Instagram

🔒

A post shared by Oklahoma City Thunder (@okcthunder) on

One game to watch for in the western conference is the Portland Trail Blazers against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder are an interesting team. At one point in the season, they looked as dominant as the Warriors. But they soon fluttered back down to reality. Led by Paul George and Russell Westbrook the Thunder currently have an overall record of 48-33 which puts them in at the six seed.

As for the Trail Blazers, they are led by star point guard Damian Lillard. Lillard consistently keeps the Blazers in contention each year however, he will square off with one of leagues best in Westbrook. The Blazers have an overall record of 52-29 and are currently ranked as the three seed.


Schedule

Per Heavy.com here is the schedule for the first round of the NBA playoffs and where to watch it.

Saturday, April 13

  • Game 1: 12:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • Game 1: 3:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • Game 1: 5:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • Game 1: 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Sunday, April 14 –

  • Game 1: 3:00 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 1: 5:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 1: 8:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 1: 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Monday, April 15

  • Game 2: 8:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 2: 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Tuesday, April 16

  • Game 2: 8:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 2: 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Wednesday, April 17

  • Game 2: 7:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 2: 9:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Thursday, April 18

  • Game 3: 7:00 p.m. ET (TNT)
  • Game 3: 9:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Friday, April 19

  • Game 3: 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • Game 3: 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 3: 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Saturday, April 20

  • Game 3 or 4: 8:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • Game 3 or 4: 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Sunday, April 21

  • Game 4: 1:00 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 4: 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Friday, April 26

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

Sunday, April 28

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

*If necessary