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First-round matchups, dates and TV info

The NBA playoffs are upon us, and the quest for the Larry O’Brien Trophy is on.

In the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers are the top seed for the first time in 20 years, with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons leading the way. The second-seeded Brooklyn Nets and their star trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving are strong contenders, as are two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the third-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

The Utah Jazz is the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, with the Phoenix Suns second after a breakthrough season with Chris Paul steering the ship. The West is as stacked as ever, with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the seventh spot after winning a play-in game.

Below is the complete schedule for the first round of the 2021 playoffs, matchups, game times, and where to watch. (All times p.m. Eastern; * – if necessary)

FIRST-ROUND

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Sixers def. No. 8 Wizards (4-1)

  • Game 1: Sixers 125, Wizards 118
  • Game 2: Sixers 120, Wizards 95
  • Game 3: Sixers 132, Wizards 103
  • Game 4: Wizards 122, 76ers 114
  • Game 5: Sixers 129, Wizards 112

No. 2 Nets def. No. 7 Celtics (4-1)

  • Game 1: Nets 104, Celtics 93
  • Game 2: Nets 130, Celtics 108
  • Game 3: Celtics 125, Nets 119
  • Game 4: Nets 141, Celtics 126
  • Game 5: Nets 123, Celtics 109

No. 3 Bucks def. No. 6 Heat (4-0)

  • Game 1: Bucks 109, Heat 107 (OT)
  • Game 2: Bucks 132, Heat 98
  • Game 3: Bucks 113, Heat 84
  • Game 4: Bucks 120, Heat 103

No. 5 Hawks def. No. 4 Knicks (4-1)

  • Game 1: Hawks 107, Knicks 105
  • Game 2: Knicks 101, Hawks 92
  • Game 3: Hawks 105, Knicks 94
  • Game 4: Hawks 113, Knicks 96
  • Game 5: Hawks 103, Knicks 89

Western Conference

No. 1 Jazz def. No. 8 Grizzlies (4-1)

  • Game 1: Grizzlies 112, Jazz 109
  • Game 2: Jazz 141, Grizzlies 129
  • Game 3: Jazz 121, Grizzlies 111
  • Game 4: Jazz 120, Grizzlies 113
  • Game 5: Jazz 126, Grizzlies 110

No. 2 Suns vs. No. 7 Lakers

Suns lead 3-2

  • Game 1: Suns 99, Lakers 90
  • Game 2: Lakers 109, Suns 102
  • Game 3: Lakers 109, Suns 95
  • Game 4: Suns 100, Lakers 92
  • Game 5: Suns 115, Lakers 85
  • Thursday: Suns at Lakers (10:30, TNT)
  • Saturday: Lakers at Suns (10, TNT)*

No. 3 Nuggets def. No. 6 Blazers (4-2)

  • Game 1: Blazers 123, Nuggets 109
  • Game 2: Nuggets 128, Blazers 109
  • Game 3: Nuggets 120, Blazers 115
  • Game 4: Blazers 115, Nuggets 95
  • Game 5: Nuggets 147, Blazers 140 (2OT)
  • Game 6: Nuggets 126, Blazers 115

No. 4 Clippers vs. No. 5 Mavericks

Mavericks lead 3-2

  • Game 1: Mavericks 113, Clippers 103
  • Game 2: Mavericks 127, Clippers 121
  • Game 3: Clippers 118, Mavericks 108
  • Game 4: Clippers 106, Mavericks 81
  • Game 5: Mavericks 105, Clippers 100
  • Friday: Clippers at Mavericks (9, ESPN)
  • Sunday: Mavericks at Clippers *

PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT

Eastern Conference

  • Celtics 118, Wizards 100 (Boston clinches No. 7 seed)
  • Pacers 144, Hornets 117 (Charlotte eliminated)
  • Wizards 142, Pacers 115 (Washington clinches No. 8 seed)

Western Conference

  • Lakers 103, Warriors 100 (Los Angeles clinches No. 7 seed)
  • Grizzlies 100, Spurs 96 (San Antonio eliminated)
  • Grizzlies 117, Warriors 112, OT (Memphis clinches No. 8 seed)
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