NBA Playoffs 2020: First-round schedule, live stream, watch online, TV channel, start time


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The 2019-20 NBA season, which began 10 months ago in an entirely different world, has finally reached the playoffs. And even though all of the seeding, and even one of the 16 teams, is yet to be determined, we have the full first-round schedule. All the action will get underway on the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 17.

Because of the need to play inside a bubble at Disney World, homecourt advantage does not exist this year, and with travel no longer needed, teams will play every other day. Otherwise, the format remains the largely same, with the top-eight teams in each conference playing best-of-seven series, and the winner of each conference meeting in the Finals.

The only slight adaptation was the addition of a play-in tournament if the No. 9 seed was within four games of the No. 8 seed at the end of the seeding games. That scenario has been activated in the Western Conference, and that mini event will take place this weekend, with the Memphis Grizzlies facing either the Portland Trail Blazers or Phoenix Suns. 

Here’s a look at the schedule for every day of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. 

Monday, Aug. 17, Game 1Tuesday, Aug. 18, Game 1Wednesday, Aug. 19, Game 2No. 2 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 7 Brooklyn Nets, 1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TVNo. 3 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 6 Utah Jazz, 4 p.m. ET, TNTNo. 3 Boston Celtics vs. No. 6 Philadelphia 76ers, 6:30 p.m. ET, TNTNo. 2 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 7 Dallas Mavericks, 9 p.m. ET, TNTThursday, Aug. 20, Game 2No. 4/5 Miami Heat vs. No. 4/5 Indiana Pacers, 1 p.m. ET, ESPNNo. 4/5 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 4/5 Houston Rockets, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNNo. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 8 Orlando Magic, 6 p.m. ET, ESPNNo. 1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Play-in Winner, 9 p.m. ET, ESPNFriday, Aug. 21, Game 3No. 2 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 7 Brooklyn Nets, 1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TVNo. 3 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 6 Utah Jazz, 4 p.m. ET, TNTNo. 3 Boston Celtics vs. No. 6 Philadelphia 76ers, 6:30 p.m. ET, TNTNo. 2 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 7 Dallas Mavericks, 9 p.m. ET, TNTSaturday, Aug. 22, Game 3No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 8 Orlando Magic, 1 p.m. ET, TNTNo. 4/5 Miami Heat vs. No. 4/5 Indiana Pacers, 3:30 p.m. ET, TNTNo. 4/5 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 4/5 Houston Rockets, 6 p.m. ET, ESPNNo. 1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Play-in Winner, 8:30 p.m. ET, ABCSunday, Aug. 23, Game 4No. 3 Boston Celtics vs. No. 6 Philadelphia 76ers, 1 p.m. ET, ABCNo. 2 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 7 Dallas Mavericks, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABCNo. 2 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 7 Brooklyn Nets, 6:30 p.m. ET, TNTNo. 3 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 6 Utah Jazz, 9 p.m. ET, TNTMonday, Aug. 24, Game 4No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 8 Orlando Magic, 1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TVNo. 4/5 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 4/5 Houston Rockets, 4 p.m. ET, TNTNo. 4/5 Miami Heat vs. No. 4/5 Indiana Pacers, 6:30 p.m. ET, TNTNo. 1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Play-in Winner, 9 p.m. ET, TNTTuesday, Aug. 25, Game 5No. 2 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 7 Brooklyn Nets, TBD, TBD*No. 2 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 7 Dallas Mavericks, TBD, TBD*No. 3 Boston Celtics vs. No. 6 Philadelphia 76ers, TBD, TBD*No. 3 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 6 Utah Jazz, TBD, TBD*

*If necessary

Wednesday, Aug. 26, Game 5No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 8 Orlando Magic, TBD, TBD*No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Play-in Winner, TBD, TBD*No. 4/5 Miami Heat vs. No. 4/5 Indiana Pacers, TBD, TBD*No. 4/5 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 4/5 Houston Rockets, TBD, TBD*

*If necessary

Thursday, Aug. 27, Game 6No. 2 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 7 Brooklyn Nets, TBD, TBD*No. 2 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 7 Dallas Mavericks, TBD, TBD*No. 3 Boston Celtics vs. No. 6 Philadelphia 76ers, TBD, TBD*No. 3 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 6 Utah Jazz, TBD, TBD*

*If necessary

Friday, Aug. 28, Game 6No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 8 Orlando Magic, TBD, TBD*No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Play-in Winner, TBD, TBD*No. 4/5 Miami Heat vs. No. 4/5 Indiana Pacers, TBD, TBD*No. 4/5 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 4/5 Houston Rockets, TBD, TBD*

*If necessary

Saturday, Aug. 29, Game 7No. 2 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 7 Brooklyn Nets, TBD, TBD*No. 2 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 7 Dallas Mavericks, TBD, TBD*No. 3 Boston Celtics vs. No. 6 Philadelphia 76ers, TBD, TBD*No. 3 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 6 Utah Jazz, TBD, TBD*

*If necessary

Sunday, Aug. 30, Game 7No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 8 Orlando Magic, TBD, TBD*No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Play-in Winner, TBD, TBD*No. 4/5 Miami Heat vs. No. 4/5 Indiana Pacers, TBD, TBD*No. 4/5 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 4/5 Houston Rockets, TBD, TBD*

*If necessary



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