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NBA first-round playoff games begin Monday

Field Level Media
14 Aug 2020, 10:05 GMT+10

The first round of the NBA playoffs will kick off with four games on Monday.

The NBA announced the schedule on Thursday that includes both No. 1 seeds -- the Milwaukee Bucks in the East, the Los Angeles Lakers in the West -- not opening their postseason runs until Tuesday.

The final Western Conference playoff spot is still to be decided. The Memphis Grizzlies clinched a spot in the play-in round on Thursday and will face either the Portland Trail Blazers or Phoenix Suns.

The Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets will get the festivities started Monday with a Western Conference series at 1:30 p.m. ET. Two Eastern Conference series follow with the Brooklyn Nets and defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors meeting at 4 p.m. ET, and the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics squaring off at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers finish the day with a 9 p.m. ET tip.

On Tuesday, the Bucks are on the floor first against the Orlando Magic at 1:30 p.m. ET. The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers play at 4 p.m. ET in another Eastern Conference opener.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets meet in a Western Conference series at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Lakers meeting the play-in winner at 9 p.m. ET.

Any Game 7 matchups are scheduled for either Aug. 29 or Aug. 30.

--Field Level Media

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