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NBA playoff bracket: First-round dates, times, live stream, TV info, updating scores and results

With a condensed regular-season schedule, COVID-related postponements and a first-ever play-in tournament, the NBA playoffs are a welcome sight for fans waiting to see which team will make it through the gauntlet to raise the Larry O’Brien Trophy. The field seems wide-open, particularly with injury concerns for the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers and the presumptive favorite Brooklyn Nets.

As is usually the case, matchups play a more important role than seeding in this year’s playoffs, with some unexpected first-round series due to surprising regular-season performances. For example, who would have thought the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat would land below the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks in the standings? We also couldn’t have predicted that the Nets’ first-round opponent would be the Boston Celtics, who were just two wins away from making the NBA Finals last year in the bubble.

This is setting up to be one of the most exciting and unpredictable NBA playoff runs in recent memory, so keep checking back to see the updated bracket and schedule. Every game on NBATV, ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC can be streamed via fuboTV (Try for free).

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Below is all the viewing information you’ll need for each first-round series. 

**This post will continue to update through the first round with the results of each game. 

Western Conference

Play-in tournament

9/10 Game: Memphis Grizzlies 100, San Antonio Spurs 97

7/8 Game: Los Angeles Lakers 103, Golden State Warriors 100

Loser of 7/8 vs. Winner of 9/10: Grizzlies at Warriors — Friday, May 21, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)

1. Utah Jazz vs. 8. Memphis Grizzlies

Game 1: Sunday, May 23, 9:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Game 2: Wednesday, May 26, 10 p.m. ET (TNT)

Game 3: Saturday, May 29, TBD

Game 4: Monday, May 31, TBD

Game 5*: TBD

Game 6*: TBD

Game 7*: TBD

2. Phoenix Suns vs. 7. Los Angeles Lakers

Game 1: Sunday, May 23, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Game 2: Tuesday, May 25, 10 p.m. (TNT)

Game 3: Thursday, May 27, 10 p.m. (TNT)

Game 4: Sunday, May 30, 3:30 p.m. ET

Game 5*: Tuesday, June 1, TBD

Game 6*: Thursday, June 3, TBD

Game 7*: Saturday, June 5, TBD  

3. Denver Nuggets vs. 6. Portland Trail Blazers

Game 1: Saturday, May 22, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Game 2: Monday, May 24, 10 p.m. ET (TNT)

Game 3: Thursday, May 27, 10:30 p.m. ET (NBATV)

Game 4: Saturday, May 29, 4 p.m. ET (TNT)

Game 5*: Tuesday, June 1, TBD

Game 6*: Thursday, June 3, TBD

Game 7*: Saturday, June 5, TBD  

4. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 5. Dallas Mavericks

Game 1: Saturday, May 22, 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Game 2: Tuesday, May 25, 10:30 p.m. ET (NBATV)

Game 3: Friday, May 28, 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Game 4: Sunday, May 30, 9:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Game 5*: Wednesday, June 2, TBD

Game 6*: Friday, June 4, TBD

Game 7*: Sunday, June 6, TBD  

Eastern Conference

Play-in tournament

9/10 Game: Indiana Pacers 144, Charlotte Hornets 117

7/8 Game: Boston Celtics 118, Washington Wizards 100

8-seed Game: Wizards 142, Pacers 115

1. Philadelphia 76ers vs. 8. Washington Wizards

Game 1: Sunday, May. 23, 1 p.m. ET (TNT)

Game 2: Wednesday, May 26, 7 p.m. (NBATV)

Game 3: Saturday, May 29, TBD

Game 4: Monday, May 31, TBD

Game 5*: Wednesday, June 2, TBD

Game 6*: Friday, June 4, TBD

Game 7*: Sunday, June 6, TBD

2. Brooklyn Nets vs. 7. Boston Celtics

Game 1: Saturday, May 22, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)

Game 2: Tuesday, May 25, 7:30 p.m. (TNT)

Game 3: Friday, May 28, 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Game 4: Sunday, May 30, 7 p.m. (TNT)

Game 5*: Tuesday, June 1, TBD

Game 6*: Thursday, June 3, TBD

Game 7*: Saturday, June 5, TBD

3. Milwaukee Bucks vs. 6. Miami Heat

Game 1: Saturday, May 22, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Game 2: Monday, May 24, 7:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Game 3: Thursday, May 27, 7:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Game 4: Saturday, May 29, 1:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Game 5*: Tuesday, June 1, TBD

Game 6*: Thursday, June 3, TBD

Game 7*: Saturday, June 5, TBD  

4. New York Knicks vs. 5. Atlanta Hawks

Game 1: Sunday, May 23, 7 p.m. ET (TNT)

Game 2: Wednesday, May 26, 7:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Game 3: Friday, May 28, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Game 4: Sunday, May 30, 1 p.m. ET (ABC)

Game 5*: Wednesday, June 2, TBD

Game 6*: Friday, June 4, TBD

Game 7*: Sunday, June 6, TBD  

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