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NBA Playoff Bracket 2017: Postseason Matchups & Schedule

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The NBA Playoff Bracket is all set after the NBA wrapped up yet another scintillating season. But we’re not here to discuss Russell Westbrook‘s triple-doubles or James Harden’s slashing threes. We’re here to talk about what matters most when it comes to professional basketball: the post-season. Record and awards go out the window come April. Kobe Bryant said it best when matter-of-factly stated: “You either win a championship or you’re sh*t.”

Keeping that in mind, here are a bunch of teams that will be clawing each other’s eyes out to raise that banner. Naturally, the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites to meet (again) in the Finals. But the San Antonio Spurs are always dangerous out West and the Boston Celtics continue to overachieve in the East.

Get ya popcorn ready, folks.

NBA Playoff Bracket

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Boston Celtics vs. No. 8 Chicago Bulls
No. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. No. 7 Indiana Pacers
No. 3 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 6 Milwaukee Bucks
No. 4 Washington Wizards vs. No. 5 Atlanta Hawks

Western Conference

No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 8 Portland Trail Blazers
No. 2 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 7 Memphis Grizzlies
No. 3 Houston Rockets vs. No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder
No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz

NBA Playoffs Bracket


NBA Playoff Round 1 Schedule

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Boston Celtics vs. No. 8 Chicago Bulls

Game 1 – at Celtics, Sunday, April 16, 6:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 – at Celtics, Tuesday, April 18, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – at Bulls, Friday, April 21, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 – at Bulls, Sunday, April 23, 6:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 (if necessary) – at Celtics, Wednesday, April 26 (TBD)
Game 6 (if necessary) – at Bulls, Friday, April 28 (TBD)
Game 7 (if necessary) – at Celtics, Sunday, April 30 (TBD)

No. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. No. 7 Indiana Pacers

Game 1 – at Cavs, Saturday, April 15, 3 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 2 – at Cavs, Monday, April 17, 7 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – at Pacers, Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 4 – at Pacers, Sunday, April 23, 1 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 5 (if necessary) – at Cavs, Tuesday, April 25 (TBD)
Game 6 (if necessary) – at Pacers, Thursday, April 27 (TBD)
Game 7 (if necessary) – at Cavs, Saturday, April 29, TNT

No. 3 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 6 Milwaukee Bucks

Game 1 – at Raptors, Saturday, April 15, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2 – at Raptors, Tuesday, April 18, 7 p.m. ET, NBATV
Game 3 – at Bucks, Thursday, April 20, 8 p.m. ET, NBATV
Game 4 – at Bucks, Saturday, April 22, 3 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 (if necessary) – at Raptors, Monday, April 24, 7 p.m. ET, NBATV
Game 6 (if necessary) – at Bucks, Thursday, April 27 (TBD)
Game 7 (if necessary) – at Raptors, Saturday, April 29, TNT

No. 4 Washington Wizards vs. No. 5 Atlanta Hawks

Game 1 – at Wizards, Sunday, April 16, 1 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 – at Wizards, Wednesday, April 19, 7 p.m ET, NBATV
Game 3 – at Hawks, Saturday, April 22, 5:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 4 – at Hawks, Monday, April 24, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 (if necessary) – at Wizards, Wednesday, April 26 (TBD)
Game 6 (if necessary) – at Hawks, Friday, April 28 (TBD)
Game 7 (if necessary) – at Wizards, Sunday, April 30 (TBD)

Western Conference

No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 8 Portland Trail Blazers

Game 1 – at Warriors, Sunday, April 16, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 2 – at Warriors, Wednesday, April 19, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – at Blazers, Saturday, April 22, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 – at Blazers, Monday, April 24, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 (if necessary) – at Warriors, Wednesday, April 26 (TBD)
Game 6 (if necessary) – at Blazers, Friday, April 28, (TBD)
Game 7 (if necessary) – at Warriors, Sunday, April 30 (TBD)

No. 2 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 7 Memphis Grizzlies

Game 1 – at Spurs, Saturday, April 15, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2 – at Spurs, Monday, April 17, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – at Grizzlies, Thursday, April 20, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 4 – at Grizzlies, Saturday, April 22, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 5 (if necessary) – at Spurs, Tuesday, April 25 (TBD)
Game 6 (if necessary) – at Grizzlies, Thursday, April 27 (TBD)
Game 7 (if necessary) – at Spurs, Saturday, April 29 (TBD)

No. 3 Houston Rockets vs. No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder

Game 1 – at Rockets, Sunday, April 16, 9 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 – at Rockets, Wednesday, April 19th, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – at Thunder, Friday, April 21, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 – at Thunder, Sunday, April 23, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 5 (if necessary) – at Rockets, Tuesday, April 25 (TBD)
Game 6 (if necessary) – at Thunder, Thursday, April 27 (TBD)
Game 7 (if necessary) – at Rockets, Saturday, April 29 (TBD)

No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No 5 Utah Jazz

Game 1 – at Clippers, Saturday, April 15, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2 – at Clippers, Tuesday, April 18, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – at Jazz, Friday, April 21, 10:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Game 4 – at Jazz, Sunday, April 23, 9 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 (if necessary) – at Clippers, Tuesday, April 25 (TBD)
Game 6 (if necessary) – at Jazz, Friday, April 28 (TBD)
Game 7 (if necessary) – at Clippers, Sunday, April 30 (TBD)

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