NBA Playoff Schedule 2014: Postseason Bracket and TV Info for Rest of 1st Round

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NBA Playoff Schedule 2014: Postseason Bracket and TV Info for Rest of 1st Round
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While traditionally there's no place like home when it comes to the NBA playoffs, the road teams have made some early statements this postseason, none louder than the Washington Wizards and Portland Trail Blazers, who lead their respective series 2-0 despite opening on the road.

But the Wizards and Blazers aren't alone when it comes to playoff surprises. The Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have all produced stunning results early in these playoffs. 

But what will the rest of Round 1 spotlight?

Here, we'll get you up to speed with the updated postseason bracket and broadcast information for the remainder of the first round.

 

2014 NBA Playoff Bracket (as of Thursday, April 24 at 8 a.m. ET)

First Round Conf. Semis Conf. Finals NBA Finals
EASTERN CONFERENCE      
(1) Indiana Pacers (Series tied 1-1)      
(8) Atlanta Hawks       
       
(4) Chicago Bulls       
(5) Washington Wizards (Lead 2-0)      
       
(3) Toronto Raptors (Series tied 1-1)      
(6) Brooklyn Nets      
       
(2) Miami Heat (Lead 2-0)      
(7) Charlotte Bobcats      
       
WESTERN CONFERENCE      
(1) San Antonio Spurs (Series tied 1-1)      
(8) Dallas Mavericks      
       
(4) Houston Rockets       
(5) Portland Trail Blazers (Lead 2-0)      
       
(3) Los Angeles Clippers (Series tied 1-1)      
(6) Golden State Warriors      
       
(2) Oklahoma City Thunder (Series tied 1-1)      
(7) Memphis Grizzlies      

 

2014 NBA Playoff TV Schedule - First Round
Thu, April 24 Matchup Time (ET) TV
Game 3: Pacers at Hawks 7 p.m. NBATV
Game 3: Thunder at Grizzlies 8 p.m. TNT
Game 3: Clippers at Warriors 10:30 p.m. TNT
Fri, April 25 Matchup Time (ET) TV
Game 3: Raptors at Nets 7 p.m. ESPN2
Game 3: Bulls at Wizards 8 p.m. ESPN
Game 3: Rockets at Trail Blazers 10:30 p.m. ESPN
Sat, April 26 Matchup Time (ET) TV
Game 4: Pacers at Hawks 2 p.m. TNT
Game 3: Spurs at Mavericks 4:30 p.m. TNT
Game 3: Heat at Bobcats 7 p.m. ESPN
Game 4: Thunder at Grizzlies 9:30 p.m. ESPN
Sun, April 27 Matchup Time (ET) TV
Game 4: Bulls at Wizards 1 p.m. ABC
Game 4: Clippers at Warriors 3:30 p.m. ABC
Game 4: Raptors at Nets 7 p.m. TNT
Game 4: Rockets at Trail Blazers 9:30 p.m. TNT
Mon, April 28 Matchup Time (ET) TV
Game 4: Heat at Bobcats 7 p.m. TNT
Game 5: Hawks at Pacers 8 p.m. NBATV
Game 4: Spurs at Mavericks 9:30 p.m. TNT
Tue, April 29 Matchup Time (ET) TV
Game 5: Grizzlies at Thunder TBD TBD
Game 5: Wizards at Bulls* TBD TBD
Game 5: Warriors at Clippers 10:30 p.m. TNT
Wed, April 30 Matchup Time (ET) TV
Game 5: Mavericks at Spurs TBD TBD
Game 5: Bobcats at Heat* TBD TBD
Game 5: Nets at Raptors TBD TBD
Game 5: Trail Blazers at Rockets* TBD TBD
Thu, May 1 Matchup Time (ET) TV
Game 6: Pacers at Hawks* TBD TBD
Game 6: Thunder at Grizzlies* TBD TBD
Game 6: Clippers at Warriors* TBD TBD
Game 6: Bulls at Wizards* TBD TBD
Fri, May 2 Matchup Time (ET) TV
Game 6: Spurs at Mavericks* TBD TBD
Game 6: Heat at Bobcats* TBD TBD
Game 6: Raptors at Nets* TBD TBD
Game 6: Rockets at Trail Blazers* TBD TBD
Sat, May 3 Matchup Time (ET) TV
Game 7: Hawks at Pacers* TBD TNT
Game 7: Grizzlies at Thunder* TBD TNT
Game 7: Warriors at Clippers* TBD TNT
Game 7: Wizards at Bulls* TBD TNT
Sun, May 4 Matchup Time (ET) TV
Game 7: Mavericks at Spurs* TBD TBD
Game 7: Bobcats at Heat* TBD TBD
Game 7: Nets at Raptors* TBD TBD
Game 7: Trail Blazers at Rockets* TBD TBD

*if necessary. Info via NBA.com

 

Thursday's Schedule 

Pacers Look to Reclaim Home-Court Advantage in Atlanta, 7 p.m. ET, NBA TV

The No. 1 vs. No. 8 matchup in the Eastern Conference will shift to Atlanta on Thursday night, where the top-seeded Indiana Pacers will look to pick up a hard-fought road win and reclaim home-court advantage in the series after dropping Game 1.

According to OddsShark.com, the Pacers will be two-point favorites on the road in this game.

But despite an impressive second-half run in Game 2 that blew open the game and ultimately tied the series at one game apiece, not everyone is convinced the Pacers are poised for a deep postseason run, including CBS Sports' Jim Rome:

Although the Pacers appear to have some of their swagger back after Tuesday's blowout win, keep in mind that Indiana went 21-20 on the road during the regular season. 

Paul George and company will be favored in Game 3, but they'll need to bring the same defensive intensity they did in Game 2 in order to have a chance against a dangerous Hawks team that will execute even better at home.

 

Thunder, Grizzlies Battle for Series Edge in Memphis, 8 p.m. ET, TNT

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The 2014 NBA playoffs mark the third time in four years that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies have met in the postseason, making it one of the top rivalries in today's game.

On Thursday night, the series shifts from Oklahoma City to Memphis, where the Thunder will attempt to avenge Monday's Game 2 overtime loss. But even though Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder will be slight favorites on the road, don't expect anything to come easy for the visitors, who have not only had trouble scoring on the Grizzlies, but also slowing them on the other end, as pointed out by ESPN NBA writer Brian Windhorst:

Memphis won 27 home games during the regular season and is a reigning Western Conference finalist. So don't let the No. 7 seed next to its name fool you. 

 

Clippers and Warriors Renew Rivalry in Pivotal Game 3, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT

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The L.A. Clippers and Golden State Warriors don't share the playoff history that the Grizzlies and Thunder do, but the two Pacific Division rivals have become must-see television nonetheless.

And following a 40-point beatdown in Game 2, Golden State's Game 1 triumph seems like ancient history. Warriors head coach Mark Jackson swiftly summed up the dismal result, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com): "We were awful. They disrupted us with their intensity. That was a desperate basketball team we played against."

But the desperation will be on Golden State's side of the court on Thursday night as a loss at the Oracle would award home-court advantage right back to L.A. and put all of the pressure on the Warriors in Sunday's Game 4.

On the flip side, a Warriors win on Thursday would restore Golden State's confidence and create doubt in the Clippers' collective mind. Will it be Lob City with a 2-1 advantage or the Splash Brothers pulling the Warriors within two wins of the conference semifinals?

 

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