2014 NBA Playoff Bracket: Full Round 1 Schedule and Top Matchups to Watch

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIApril 19, 2014

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The dream to become this year's NBA champions lives on for 16 teams.

Upon the conclusion of the regular season, each team is now locked into a seed and Round 1 playoff matchups are set.

As it turns out, there are plenty of enticing series set to take place early in the postseason. The highly anticipated action is just around the corner, so let's break down the full Round 1 schedule and highlight the top matchups to watch.

 

2014 NBA Playoffs Round 1 Schedule

2014 NBA Playoffs Round 1 Schedule
MatchupGame 1 DateGame 1 Time (ET)TV Info
East
No. 1 Indiana Pacers vs. No. 8 Atlanta HawksSat., April 197 p.m.ESPN
No. 4 Chicago Bulls vs. No. 5 Washington WizardsSun., April 207 p.m.TNT
No. 2 Miami Heat vs. No. 7 Charlotte BobcatsSun., April 203:30 p.m.ABC
No. 3 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 6 Brooklyn NetsSat., April 1912:30 p.m.ESPN
West
No. 1 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 8 Dallas MavericksSun., April 201 p.m.TNT
No. 4 Houston Rockets vs. No. 5 Portland TrailblazersSun., April 209:30 p.m.TNT
No. 2 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 7 Memphis GrizzliesSat., April 199:30 p.m.ESPN
No. 3 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 6 Golden State WarriorsSat., April 199:30 p.m.ESPN
WashingtonPost.com

The full playoff bracket can be viewed on NBAPlayoffsBracket.com.

The entire Round 1 viewing information can be viewed on WashingtonPost.com.

 

Matchups to Watch

No. 3 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 6 Brooklyn Nets

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The Raptors have been playing some great basketball this season; however, this team is officially on upset alert.

Even though these teams split their regular-season series at two games each, it's been the Nets that have looked far more dominant of late.

Once the new year rolled around, the Nets became a different team. The increased use of guards created matchup nightmares for opposing teams. This allowed the Nets to hit from the perimeter while pulling opposing big men away from underneath.

The last time these teams faced off, Toronto had a difficult time covering Brooklyn effectively during the Nets' 101-97 victory.

Expect plenty more of the same during this series.

 

No. 3 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 6 Golden State Warriors

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This matchup certainly has a must-see TV billing.

The star power, the bad blood and the history between these two teams will surely make for an entertaining series that could possibly come down to seven games.

Stephen Curry is one of the scariest players in the entire league. His ability to score in transition and from anywhere on the court makes him a huge factor in this series for the Warriors.

Los Angeles can get it done from everywhere. From the prowess of Blake Griffin down low to the versatility of Chris Paul and the perimeter shooting of J.J. Redick, this is one team boasting an all-star cast.

With all of these factors taken into consideration, expect this series to go the distance with no clear-cut winner until the bitter end.

 

No. 4 Chicago Bulls vs. No. 5 Washington Wizards

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Despite Chicago owning the better season record, the Wizards hold a 2-1 record against the Bulls this season.

However, the last time these two teams faced off on April 5, the Bulls came to play. Chicago earned a decisive 96-78 victory to prevent a season sweep.

The Wizards have a well-rounded team, with John Wall and Bradley Beal comprising a high-octane backcourt. Washington can bring it to the paint as well and score from the wing with a talented frontcourt.

Now that the Bulls have finally gained an offensive identity—their offense is geared more around Joakim Noah's ball distribution—scoring opportunities have become more plentiful, even without Derrick Rose on the court.

Washington will certainly attempt to create a fast-paced series and go for a shootout-type win. The Bulls will need to combat that with some methodical offense and create good looks for their scorers.

It will be interesting to see which team controls the pace throughout this series.