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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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The 2021 NBA playoffs are underway after another unprecedented regular season. Before the postseason officially began on May 22, the league went through a thrilling play-in tournament, after doing a trial run of a play-in game down in the Orlando bubble. In the West, the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies claimed the Nos. 7 and 8 seeds, respectively. In the East, it was the Boston Celtics landing No. 7 and the Washington Wizards getting No. 8. 

Now, those teams will have to upset the top two seeds in the East and West, respectively, if they want their postseason run to continue. While there are plenty of big names on the teams that qualified through the play-in, they were in that position for a reason and now they will have to up their games in a big way if they want to knock off the likes of the Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns. In addition, we have a pair of playoff rematches from the bubble as the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat renew their rivalry while Luka Doncic and the Mavericks attempt to upset the Los Angeles Clippers. 

There will be no shortage of entertainment on tap this postseason as several title contenders try to end the year 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

West play-in tournament

1. Philadelphia 76ers vs. 8. Washington Wizards

(76ers lead series 1-0)

Sun., May 23

Game 1

76ers 125, Wizards 118

1 p.m.

TNT

Wells Fargo Center

Wed., May 26

Game 2

76ers 120, Wizards 95

7 p.m.

NBATV

Wells Fargo Center

Sat., May 29

Game 3

76ers at Wizards

7 p.m.

ESPN

Capital One Arena

Mon., May 31

Game 4

76ers at Wizards

7 p.m.

TNT

Capital One Arena

Wed., June 2

*Game 5

Wizards at 76ers

TBD

TBD

Wells Fargo Center

Fri., June 4

*Game 6

76ers at Wizards

TBD

TBD

Capital One Arena

Sun., June 6

*Game 7

Wizards at 76ers

TBD

TBD. 

Wells Fargo Center

2. Brooklyn Nets vs. 7. Boston Celtics

(Nets lead series 2-0)

Sat., May 22

Game 1

Nets 104, Celtics 93

8 p.m.

ABC

Barclays Center

Tue., May 25

Game 2

Nets 130, Celtics 108

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

Tue., June 1

*Game 5

Celtics at Nets

TBD

TBD

Barclays Center

Thu., June 3

*Game 6

Nets at Celtics

TBD

TBD

TD Garden

Sat., June 5

*Game 7

Celtics at Nets

TBD

TBD

Barclays Center

3. Milwaukee Bucks vs. 6. Miami Heat

(Bucks lead series 2-0)

Sat., May 22

Game 1

Bucks 109, Heat 107 (OT)

2 p.m.

ESPN

Fiserv Forum 

Mon., May 24

Game 2

Bucks 132, Heat 98

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

Tue., June 1

*Game 5

Heat at Bucks

TBD

TBD

Fiserv Forum 

Thu., June 3

*Game 6

Bucks at Heat

TBD

TBD

American Airlines Arena

Sat., June 5

*Game 7

Heat at Bucks

TBD

TBD

Fiserv Forum 

4. New York Knicks vs. 5. Atlanta Hawks

(Hawks lead series 1-0)

Sun., May 23

Game 1

Hawks 107, Knicks 105

7 p.m.

TNT

Madison Square Garden

Wed., May 26

Game 2

Knicks 101, Hawks 92

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

Wed., June 2

*Game 5

Hawks at Knicks

TBD

TBD

Madison Square Garden

Fri., June 4

*Game 6

Knicks at Hawks

TBD

TBD

State Farm Arena

Sun., June 6

*Game 7

Hawks at Knicks

TBD

TBD

Madison Square Garden

1. Utah Jazz vs. 8. Memphis Grizzlies

(Grizzlies lead series 1-0)

Sun., May 23

Game 1

Grizzlies 112, Jazz 109

9:30 p.m.

TNT

Vivint Arena

Wed., May 26

Game 2

Grizzlies at Jazz

10 p.m.

TNT

Vivint Arena

Sat., May 29

Game 3

Jazz at Grizzlies

1 p.m.

ESPN

FedEx Forum

Mon., May 31

Game 4

Jazz at Grizzlies

9:30 p.m.

TNT

FedEx Forum

TBD

*Game 5

Grizzlies at Jazz

TBD

TBD

Vivint Arena

TBD

*Game 6

Jazz at Grizzlies

TBD

TBD

FedEx Forum

TBD

*Game 7

Grizzlies at Jazz

TBD

TBD

Vivint Arena

2. Phoenix Suns vs. 7. Los Angeles Lakers

(Series tied 1-1)

Sun., May 23

Game 1

Suns 99, Lakers 90

3:30 p.m.

ABC

Phoenix Suns Arena

Tue., May 25

Game 2

Lakers 109, Suns 102

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

Tue., June 1

Game 5

Lakers at Suns

TBD

TBD

Phoenix Suns Arena 

Thu., June 3

*Game 6

Suns at Lakers

TBD

TBD

Staples Center

Sat., June 5

*Game 7

Lakers at Suns

TBD

TBD

Phoenix Suns Arena 

3. Denver Nuggets vs. 6. Portland Trail Blazers

(Series tied 1-1)

Sat., May 22

Game 1

Blazers 123, Nuggets 109

 10:30 p.m.

ESPN

Ball Arena

Mon., May 24

Game 2

Nuggets 128, Blazers 109

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

Tue., June 1

Game 5

Blazers at Nuggets

TBD

TBD

Ball Arena

Thu., June 3

*Game 6

Nuggets at Blazers

TBD

TBD

Moda Center

Sat., June 5 

*Game 7

Blazers at Nuggets

TBD

TBD

Ball Arena

4. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 5. Dallas Mavericks

(Mavericks lead series 2-0)

Sat., May 22

Game 1

Mavericks 113, Clippers 103

4:30 p.m.

ESPN

Staples Center

Tue., May 25

Game 2

Mavericks 127, Clippers 121

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

Wed., June 2

*Game 5

Mavericks at Clippers

TBD

TBD

Staples Center

Fri., June 4

*Game 6

Clippers at Mavericks

TBD

TBD

American Airlines Center

Sun., June 6

*Game 7

Mavericks at Clippers

TBD

TBD

Staples Center





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