First-round matchups, results, game times and TV info


The NBA playoffs are upon us, and the quest for the Larry O’Brien Trophy is on.

In the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers are the top seed for the first time in 20 years with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons leading the way. The second-seeded Brooklyn Nets and their star trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving are strong contenders, as are two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the third-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

The Utah Jazz are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, with the Phoenix Suns second after a breakthrough season with Chris Paul steering the ship. The West is as stacked as ever, with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the seventh spot after winning a play-in game.

Below is the complete schedule for the first round of the 2021 playoffs, with matchups, game times and where to watch. (All times p.m. Eastern; * – if necessary)

FIRST ROUNDEastern ConferenceNo. 1 Sixers vs. No. 8 Wizards

Sixers lead series 3-1

Game 1: Sixers 125, Wizards 118

Game 2: Sixers 120, Wizards 95

Game 3: Sixers 132, Wizards 103

Game 4: Wizards 122, 76ers 114

Wednesday: Wizards at Sixers (7, NBATV)

Friday: Sixers at Wizards*

Sunday: Wizards at Sixers*

No. 2 Nets def. No. 7 Celtics (4-1)

Game 1: Nets 104, Celtics 93

Game 2: Nets 130, Celtics 108

Game 3: Celtics 125, Nets 119

Game 4: Nets 141, Celtics 126

Game 5: Nets 123, Celtics 109

No. 3 Bucks def. No. 6 Heat (4-0)

Game 1: Bucks 109, Heat 107 (OT)

Game 2: Bucks 132, Heat 98

Game 3: Bucks 113, Heat 84

Game 4: Bucks 120, Heat 103

No. 4 Knicks vs. No. 5 Hawks

Hawks lead series 3-1

Game 1: Hawks 107, Knicks 105

Game 2: Knicks 101, Hawks 92

Game 3: Hawks 105, Knicks 94

Game 4: Hawks 113, Knicks 96

Wednesday: Hawks at Knicks (7:30, TNT)

Friday: Knicks at Hawks*

Sunday: Hawks at Knicks*

Western ConferenceNo. 1 Jazz vs. No. 8 Grizzlies

Jazz lead series 3-1

Game 1: Grizzlies 112, Jazz 109

Game 2: Jazz 141, Grizzlies 129

Game 3: Jazz 121, Grizzlies 111

Game 4: Jazz 120, Grizzlies 113

Wednesday: Grizzlies at Jazz (9:30, NBATV)

Friday: Jazz at Grizzlies*

Sunday: Grizzlies at Jazz*

No. 2 Suns vs. No. 7 Lakers

Story continues

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Suns 99, Lakers 90

Game 2: Lakers 109, Suns 102

Game 3: Lakers 109, Suns 95

Game 4: Suns 100, Lakers 92

Tuesday: Lakers at Suns (10, TNT)

Thursday: Suns at Lakers

Saturday: Lakers at Suns*

No. 3 Nuggets vs. No. 6 Blazers

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Blazers 123, Nuggets 109

Game 2: Nuggets 128, Blazers 109

Game 3: Nuggets 120, Blazers 115

Game 4: Blazers 115, Nuggets 95

Tuesday: Blazers at Nuggets (9, NBATV)

Thursday: Nuggets at Blazers

Saturday: Blazers at Nuggets*

No. 4 Clippers vs. No. 5 Mavericks

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Mavericks 113, Clippers 103

Game 2: Mavericks 127, Clippers 121

Game 3: Clippers 118, Mavericks 108

Game 4: Clippers 106, Mavericks 81

Wednesday: Mavericks at Clippers (10, TNT)

Friday: Clippers at Mavericks

Sunday: Mavericks at Clippers*

PLAY-IN TOURNAMENTEastern Conference

Celtics 118, Wizards 100 (Boston clinches No. 7 seed)

Pacers 144, Hornets 117 (Charlotte eliminated)

Wizards 142, Pacers 115 (Washington clinches No. 8 seed)

Western Conference

Lakers 103, Warriors 100 (Los Angeles clinches No. 7 seed)

Grizzlies 100, Spurs 96 (San Antonio eliminated)

Grizzlies 117, Warriors 112, OT (Memphis clinches No. 8 seed)

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NBA playoff schedule: First-round matchups, dates and TV info



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