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2021 NBA playoff TV schedule: Round-by-round dates, start times, live stream, matchups, how to watch online

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Another unprecedented NBA regular season has come to a close, and now we turn our attention to the postseason and the play-in tournament. After doing a trial run of a play-in game down in the Orlando bubble, the league decided to adopt a play-in tournament to decide the final two seeds in each conference before the playoffs begin. 

Once the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds are decided in each conference, the playoffs will officially start on May 22, and while there will still be some noticeable changes, like the reduction in fan attendance due to health and safety protocols, there will be no shortage of entertainment as several title contenders try to end the season with the Larry O’Brien trophy in their hands. To stay up to date on the postseason schedule here’s a breakdown of when each game will take place over the next month and a half as the NBA continues its journey to crown a champion for the 2020-21 season.

Every game on NBATV, ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC can be streamed via fuboTV (Try for free).

*If necessary

East play-in tournament

Tue., May 18

Play-in (9/10)

Pacers 144, Hornets 117

6:30 p.m.

TNT

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Tue., May 18

Play-in (7/8)

Celtics 118, Wizards 100

9 p.m.

TNT

TD Garden

Thurs., May 20

Play-in (8-seed)

Pacers at Wizards

8 p.m.

TNT

Capital One Arena

West play-in tournament

Wed., May 19

Play-in (9/10)

Grizzlies 100, Spurs 96

7:30 p.m.

ESPN

FedExForum

Wed., May 19

Play-in (7/8)

Lakers 103, Warriors 100

10 p.m.

ESPN

Staples Center

Fri., May 21

Play-in (8-seed)

Grizzlies at Warriors

9 p.m.

ESPN

Chase Center

1. Philadelphia 76ers vs. 8. Washington Wizards/Indiana Pacers

Sun., May 23

Game 1

TBD at 76ers

1 p.m.

TNT

Wells Fargo Center

Wed., May 26

Game 2

TBD at 76ers

7 p.m.

NBATV

Wells Fargo Center

Sat., May 29

Game 3

76ers at TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

Mon., May 31

Game 4

76ers at TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

*Game 5

TBD at 76ers

TBD

TBD

Wells Fargo Center

TBD

*Game 6

76ers at TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

*Game 7

TBD at 76ers

TBD

TBD. 

Wells Fargo Center

2. Brooklyn Nets vs. 7. Boston Celtics

Sat., May 22

Game 1

Celtics at Nets

8 p.m.

ABC

Barclays Center

Tue., May 25

Game 2

Celtics at Nets

7:30 p.m.

TNT

Barclays Center

Fri., May 28

Game 3

Nets at Celtics

8:30 p.m.

ABC

TD Garden

Sun., May 30

Game 4

Nets at Celtics

7 p.m.

TNT

TD Garden

TBD

*Game 5

Celtics at Nets

TBD

TBD

Barclays Center

TBD

*Game 6

Nets at Celtics

TBD

TBD

TD Garden

TBD

*Game 7

Celtics at Nets

TBD

TBD

Barclays Center

3. Milwaukee Bucks vs. 6. Miami Heat

Sat., May 22

Game 1

Heat at Bucks

2 p.m.

ESPN

Fiserv Forum 

Mon., May 24

Game 2

Heat at Bucks

7:30 p.m.

TNT

Fiserv Forum 

Thu., May 27

Game 3

Bucks at Heat

7:30 p.m.

TNT

American Airlines Arena

Sat., May 29

Game 4

Bucks at Heat

1:30 p.m.

TNT

American Airlines Arena

TBD

*Game 5

Heat at Bucks

TBD

TBD

Fiserv Forum 

TBD

*Game 6

Bucks at Heat

TBD

TBD

American Airlines Arena

TBD

*Game 7

Heat at Bucks

TBD

TBD

Fiserv Forum 

4. New York Knicks vs. 5. Atlanta Hawks

Sun., May 23

Game 1

Hawks at Knicks

7 p.m.

TNT

Madison Square Garden

Wed., May 26

Game 2

Hawks at Knicks

7:30 p.m

TNT

Madison Square Garden

Fri., May 28

Game 3

Knicks at Hawks

7 p.m.

ESPN

State Farm Arena

Sun., May 30

Game 4

Knicks at Hawks

1 p.m. 

ABC

State Farm Arena

TBD

*Game 5

Hawks at Knicks

TBD

TBD

Madison Square Garden

TBD

*Game 6

Knicks at Hawks

TBD

TBD

State Farm Arena

TBD

*Game 7

Hawks at Knicks

TBD

TBD

Madison Square Garden

1. Utah Jazz vs. 8. Golden State Warriors/Memphis Grizzlies

Sun., May 23

Game 1

TBD at Jazz

9:30 p.m.

TNT

Vivint Arena

Wed., May 26

Game 2

TBD at Jazz

10 p.m.

TNT

Vivint Arena

Sat., May 29

Game 3

Jazz at TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

Mon., May 31

Game 4

Jazz at TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

*Game 5

TBD at Jazz

TBD

TBD

Vivint Arena

TBD

*Game 6

Jazz at TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

*Game 7

TBD at Jazz

TBD

TBD

Vivint Arena

2. Phoenix Suns vs. 7. Los Angeles Lakers

Sun., May 23

Game 1

Lakers at Suns

3:30 p.m.

ABC

Phoenix Suns Arena

Tue., May 25

Game 2

Lakers at Suns

10 p.m.

TNT

Phoenix Suns Arena 

Thu., May 27

Game 3

Suns at Lakers

10 p.m.

TNT

Staples Center

Sun., May 30

Game 4

Suns at Lakers

3:30 p.m. 

ABC

Staples Center

TBD

*Game 5

Lakers at Suns

TBD

TBD

Phoenix Suns Arena 

TBD

*Game 6

Suns at Lakers

TBD

TBD

Staples Center

TBD

*Game 7

Lakers at Suns

TBD

TBD

Phoenix Suns Arena 

3. Denver Nuggets vs. 6. Portland Trail Blazers

Sat., May 22

Game 1

Blazers at Nuggets

10:30 p.m.

ESPN

Ball Arena

Mon., May 24

Game 2

Blazers at Nuggets

10 p.m.

TNT

Ball Arena

Thu., May 27

Game 3

Nuggets at Blazers

10:30 p.m.

NBATV

Moda Center

Sat., May 29

Game 4

Nuggets at Blazers

4 p.m. 

TNT

Moda Center

TBD

*Game 5

Blazers at Nuggets

TBD

TBD

Ball Arena

TBD

*Game 6

Nuggets at Blazers

TBD

TBD

Moda Center

TBD

*Game 7

Blazers at Nuggets

TBD

TBD

Ball Arena

4. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 5. Dallas Mavericks

Sat., May 22

Game 1

Mavericks at Clippers

4:30 p.m.

ESPN

Staples Center

Tue., May 25

Game 2

Mavericks at Clippers

10:30 p.m.

NBATV

Staples Center

Fri., May 28

Game 3

Clippers at Mavericks

9:30 p.m. 

ESPN

American Airlines Center

Sun., May 30

Game 4

Clippers at Mavericks

9:30 p.m.

TNT

American Airlines Center

TBD

*Game 5

Mavericks at Clippers

TBD

TBD

Staples Center

TBD

*Game 6

Clippers at Mavericks

TBD

TBD

American Airlines Center

TBD

*Game 7

Mavericks at Clippers

TBD

TBD

Staples Center



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