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NBA Playoff Schedule 2018: Known Dates, TV, Live-Stream Coverage for Postseason

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2018

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Several teams were in limbo all the way until the final buzzer of the final game on the final night, but we finally have every matchup set for the 2018 NBA playoffs.

In the Eastern Conference, the top-seeded Toronto Raptors will take on the No. 8 Washington Wizards. The No. 2 Boston Celtics get the No. 7 Milwaukee Bucks. The 3-6 matchup will be between the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat. And the No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers will meet up with the No. 5 Indiana Pacers.

On the other side of the bracket, the Western Conference's No. 1 Houston Rockets will take on the No. 8 Minnesota Timberwolves. Defending champions and No. 2 Golden State Warriors will face the No. 7 San Antonio Spurs. The Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans are matched up for the 3-6 series. And the No. 4 Oklahoma City Thunder get the No. 5 Utah Jazz.

Schedules for each series are as follows:

2018 NBA Playoff Schedule
DayDateTime (ET)GmAwayHomeTV/Stream
Sun4/159:00 p.m.1MinnesotaHoustonTNT
Wed4/189:30 p.m.2MinnesotaHoustonTNT
Sat4/217:30 p.m.3HoustonMinnesotaESPN/WatchESPN
Mon4/238:00 p.m.4HoustonMinnesotaTNT
Wed4/25TBD5MinnesotaHoustonTBD
Fri4/27TBD6HoustonMinnesotaTBD
Sun4/29TBD7MinnesotaHoustonTBD
DayDateTime (ET)GmAwayHomeTV/Stream
Sat4/145:30 p.m.1WashingtonTorontoESPN/WatchESPN
Tue4/177:00 p.m.2WashingtonTorontoNBA TV
Fri4/208:00 p.m.3TorontoWashingtonESPN2/WatchESPN
Sun4/226:00 p.m.4TorontoWashingtonTNT
Wed4/25TBD5WashingtonTorontoTBD
Fri4/27TBD6TorontoWashingtonTBD
Sun4/29TBD7WashingtonTorontoTBD
DayDateTime (ET)GmAwayHomeTV/Stream
Sat4/143:00 p.m.1San AntonioGolden StateABC/WatchESPN
Mon4/1610:30 p.m.2San AntonioGolden StateTNT
Thu4/199:30 p.m.3Golden StateSan AntonioTNT
Sun4/223:30 p.m.4Golden StateSan AntonioABC/WatchESPN
Tue4/24TBD5San AntonioGolden StateTBD
Thu4/26TBD6Golden StateSan AntonioTBD
Sat4/28TBD7San AntonioGolden StateTNT
DayDateTime (ET)GmAwayHomeTV/Stream
Sun4/151:00 p.m.1MilwaukeeBostonTNT
Tue4/178:00 p.m.2MilwaukeeBostonTNT
Fri4/209:30 p.m.3BostonMilwuakeeESPN/WatchESPN
Sun4/221:00 p.m.4BostonMilwuakeeABC/WatchESPN
Tue4/24TBD5MilwaukeeBostonTBD
Thu4/26TBD6BostonMilwuakeeTBD
Sat4/28TBD7MilwaukeeBostonTNT
DayDateTime (ET)GmAwayHomeTV/Stream
Sat4/1410:30 p.m.1New OrleansPortlandESPN/WatchESPN
Tue4/1710:30 p.m.2New OrleansPortlandTNT
Thu4/199:00 p.m.3PortlandNew OrleansNBA TV
Sat4/215:00 p.m.4PortlandNew OrleansTNT
Tue4/24TBD5New OrleansPortlandTBD
Thu4/26TBD6PortlandNew OrleansTBD
Sat4/28TBD7New OrleansPortlandTNT
DayDateTime (ET)GmAwayHomeTV/Stream
Sat4/148:00 p.m.1MiamiPhiladelphiaESPN/WatchESPN
Mon4/168:00 p.m.2MiamiPhiladelphiaTNT
Thu4/197:00 p.m.3PhiladelphiaMiamiTNT
Sat4/212:30 p.m.4PhiladelphiaMiamiTNT
Tue4/24TBD5MiamiPhiladelphiaTBD
Thu4/26TBD6PhiladelphiaMiamiTBD
Sat4/28TBD7MiamiPhiladelphiaTNT
DayDateTime (ET)GmAwayHomeTV/Stream
Sun4/156:30 p.m.1UtahOklahoma CityTNT
Wed4/188:00 p.m.2UtahOklahoma CityNBA TV
Sat4/2110:00 p.m.3Oklahoma CityUtahESPN/WatchESPN
Mon4/2310:30 p.m.4Oklahoma CityUtahTNT
Wed4/25TBD5UtahOklahoma CityTBD
Fri4/27TBD6Oklahoma CityUtahTBD
Sun4/29TBD7UtahOklahoma CityTBD
DayDateTime (ET)GmAwayHomeTV/Stream
Sun4/153:30 p.m.1IndianaClevelandABC/WatchESPN
Wed4/187:00 p.m.2IndianaClevelandTNT
Fri4/207:00 p.m.3ClevelandIndianaESPN/WatchESPN
Sun4/228:30 p.m.4ClevelandIndianaTNT
Wed4/25TBD5IndianaClevelandTBD
Fri4/27TBD6ClevelandIndianaTBD
Sun4/29TBD7IndianaClevelandTBD
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What to watch for on Saturday

Defending champions Golden State Warriors will open up the 2018 playoffs with a 3 p.m. ET showdown against the Spurs on ABC. Golden State will be without Stephen Curry, while San Antonio won't have Kawhi Leonard.

The absence of a megastar hurts the Spurs quite a bit more than the Warriors, who have three more All-Stars to fall back on. If San Antonio is going to keep this series competitive, LaMarcus Aldridge will have to play out of his mind.

Following the opener, the Wizards and Raptors will play at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. And it may not be your typical 1-8 matchup. Toronto was stellar all season and boasts the league's best bench, but the underachieving Wizards have plenty of talent at the top of the roster.

The backcourt battle of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan against John Wall and Bradley Beal may be worth the price of admission alone.

Next, the 76ers will host the Heat at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. According to The Athletic's Derek Bodner, Joel Embiid said "there's still a chance" he may play in Game 1.

Finally, the Blazers and Pelicans will close out the day at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. A battle between two potential First Team All-NBA selections, Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis, it may come down to which superstar gets the most help from his supporting cast.

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