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


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Over 10 months after the 2019-20 NBA season began, the playoff field is finally set, with the action set to get underway on the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 17. For the first time in league history, the final spot in the postseason picture was determined by a play-in game between the eighth and ninth seeds in the Western Conference. The Portland Trail Blazers came out victorious over the Memphis Grizzlies in that game, and as a result they will face off against the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. 

Due to the need to play inside of the bubble at Disney World, home-court advantage has been largely eliminated this year, since there is no travel, no fans in attendance, and no true home or away teams. 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, which are scheduled to begin on Sept. 30. 

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

Monday, Aug. 17 – Game 1No. 3 Denver Nuggets 135, No. 6 Utah Jazz 125 (OT)No. 2 Toronto Raptors 134, No. 7 Brooklyn Nets 110No. 3 Boston Celtics 109, No. 6 Philadelphia 76ers 101No. 2 Los Angeles Clippers 118, No. 7 Dallas Mavericks 110Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Game 1No. 8 Orlando Magic 122, No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks 110No. 5 Miami Heat 113, No. 4 Indiana Pacers 101No. 4 Houston Rockets 123, No. 5 Oklahoma City Thunder 108No. 8 Portland Trail Blazers 100, No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers 93Wednesday, 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. 5 Miami Heat vs. No. 4 Indiana Pacers, 1 p.m. ET, ESPNNo. 5 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 4 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. Portland Trail Blazers, 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. 5 Miami Heat vs. No. 4 Indiana Pacers, 3:30 p.m. ET, TNTNo. 5 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 4 Houston Rockets, 6 p.m. ET, ESPNNo. 1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 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. 5 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 4 Houston Rockets, 4 p.m. ET, TNTNo. 5 Miami Heat vs. No. 4 Indiana Pacers, 6:30 p.m. ET, TNTNo. 1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 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. Portland Trail Blazers, TBD, TBD*No. 5 Miami Heat vs. No. 4 Indiana Pacers, TBD, TBD*No. 5 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 4 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. Portland Trail Blazers, TBD, TBD*No. 5 Miami Heat vs. No. 4 Indiana Pacers, TBD, TBD*No. 5 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 4 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. Portland Trail Blazers, TBD, TBD*No. 5 Miami Heat vs. No. 4 Indiana Pacers, TBD, TBD*No. 5 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 4 Houston Rockets, TBD, TBD*

*If necessary



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