NBA playoffs 2018: Bracket, first-round schedule, dates, TV times

The 2018 NBA playoffs will kick off Saturday, April 14, with four series-opening games. The Warriors will take on the Spurs in the first game of the day (3 p.m., ABC) with Raptors-Wizards, 76ers-Heat and Trail Blazers-Pelicans filling up the Saturday schedule.

NBA playoffs 2018: Bracket, first-round schedule, dates, TV times

NBA playoffs 2018: Bracket, first-round schedule, dates, TV times

NBA fans will be able to watch four more games on Sunday, including contests featuring the top-seeded Rockets as well as LeBron James and the Cavs. After the opening weekend, the playoff grind truly begins.

The first round of the NBA playoffs could last up to 15 days; potential Game 7s are scheduled as late as April 29.

Check out the NBA playoff bracket as well as the schedules for each first-round series below.


NBA playoff bracket


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First-round NBA playoff schedule, TV times


(All times Eastern; *If necessary)


Eastern Conference


(1) Raptors vs. (8) Wizards

Game 1 — April 14, at Toronto, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 — April 17, at Toronto, 7 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 — April 20, at Washington, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Game 4 — April 22, at Washington, 6 p.m., TNT
*Game 5 — April 25, at Toronto, TBD
*Game 6 — April 27, at Washington, TBD
*Game 7 — April 29, at Toronto, TBD

(2) Celtics vs. (7) Bucks

Game 1 — April 15, at Boston, 1 p.m., TNT
Game 2 — April 17, at Boston, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3 — April 20, at Milwaukee, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 — April 22, at Milwaukee, 1 p.m., ABC
*Game 5 — April 24, at Boston, TBD
*Game 6 — April 26, at Milwaukee, TBD
*Game 7 — April 28, at Boston, TBD

(3) 76ers vs. (6) Heat

Game 1 — April 14, at Philadelphia, 8 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 — April 16, at Philadelphia, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3 — April 19, at Miami, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 4 — April 21, at Miami, 2:30 p.m., TNT
*Game 5 — April 24, at Philadelphia, TBD
*Game 6 — April 26, at Miami, TBD
*Game 7 — April 28, at Philadelphia, TBD

(4) Cavs vs. (5) Pacers

Game 1 — April 15, at Cleveland, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Game 2 — April 18, at Cleveland, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 3 — April 20, at Indiana, 7 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 — April 22, at Indiana, 8:30 p.m., TNT
*Game 5 — April 25, at Cleveland, TBD
*Game 6 — April 27, at Indiana, TBD
*Game 7 — April 29, at Cleveland, TBD


Western Conference


(1) Rockets vs. (8) Timberwolves

Game 1 — April 15, at Houston, 9 p.m., TNT
Game 2 — April 18, at Houston, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 — April 21, at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 — April 23, at Minnesota, 8 p.m. TNT
*Game 5 — April 25, at Houston, TBD
*Game 6 — April 27, at Minnesota, TBD
*Game 7 — April 29, at Houston, TBD

(2) Warriors vs. (7) Spurs

Game 1 — April 14, at Golden State, 3 p.m., ABC
Game 2 — April 16, at Golden State, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 — April 19, at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4 — April 22, at San Antonio, 3:30 p.m., ABC
*Game 5 — April 24, at Golden State, TBD
*Game 6 — April 26, at San Antonio, TBD
*Game 7 — April 28, at Golden State, TBD

(3) Trail Blazers vs. (6) Pelicans

Game 1 — April 14, at Portland, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 — April 17, at Portland, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 — April 19, at New Orleans, 9 p.m., NBA TV
Game 4 — April 21, at New Orleans, 5 p.m., TNT
*Game 5 — April 24, at Portland, TBD
*Game 6 — April 26, at New Orleans, TBD
*Game 7 — April 28, at Portland, TBD

(4) Thunder vs. (5) Jazz

Game 1 — April 15, at Oklahoma City, 6:30 p.m., TNT
Game 2 — April 18, at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 — April 21, at Utah, 10 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 — April 23, at Utah, 10:30 p.m., TNT
*Game 5 — April 25, at Oklahoma City, TBD
*Game 6 — April 27, at Utah, TBD
*Game 7 — April 29, at Oklahoma City, TBD

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