First-round matchups, dates, game times and TV info

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

In the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers are the front runner for the very first time in twenty years with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons blazing a trail. The second-seeded Brooklyn Nets and their star trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving are strong competitors, as are two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the third-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

The Utah Jazz are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, with the Phoenix Suns 2nd after a development season with Chris Paul guiding the ship. The West is as stacked as ever, with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the safeguarding champ Los Angeles Lakers in the seventh area after winning a play-in video game.

Below is the total schedule for the preliminary of the 2021 playoffs, with matches, video game times and where to enjoy. (Perpetuity p.m. Eastern; * – if required)

PRELIMINARY

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Sixers vs. No. 8 Wizards

  • Sunday: Wizards at Sixers (1, TNT)

  • Might 26: Wizards at Sixers (7, NBATV)

  • Might 29: Sixers at Wizards (ESPN)

  • Might 31: Sixers at Wizards (TNT)

  • June 2: Wizards at Sixers*

  • June 4: Sixers at Wizards*

  • June 6: Wizards at Sixers*

No. 2 Internet vs. No. 7 Celtics

  • Saturday: Celtics at Internet (8, ABC)

  • Might 25: Celtics at Internet (7:30, TNT)

  • Might 28: Internet at Celtics (8:30, ABC)

  • Might 30: Internet at Celtics (7, TNT)

  • June 1: Celtics at Internet*

  • June 3: Internet at Celtics*

  • June 5: Celtics at Internet*

No. 3 Dollars vs. No. 6 Heat

  • Saturday: Heat at Bucks (2, ESPN)

  • Might 24: Heat at Bucks (7:30, TNT)

  • Might 27: Dollars at Heat (7:30, TNT)

  • Might 29: Dollars at Heat (1:30, TNT)

  • June 1: Heat at Dollars*

  • June 3: Bucks at Heat*

  • June 5: Heat at Bucks*

No. 4 Knicks vs. No. 5 Hawks

  • Sunday: Hawks at Knicks (7, TNT)

  • Might 26: Hawks at Knicks (7:30, TNT)

  • Might 28: Knicks at Hawks (7, ESPN)

  • Might 30: Knicks at Hawks (1, ABC)

  • June 2: Hawks at Knicks*

  • June 4: Knicks at Hawks*

  • June 6: Hawks at Knicks*

Western Conference

No. 1 Jazz vs. No. 8 Warriors/Grizzlies

  • Sunday: Warriors/Grizzlies at Jazz (9:30, TNT)

  • Might 26: Warriors/Grizzlies at Jazz (10, TNT)

  • Might 29: Jazz at Warriors/Grizzlies (ESPN)

  • Might 31: Jazz at Warriors/Grizzlies (TNT)

  • June 2: Warriors/Grizzlies at Jazz*

  • June 4: Jazz at Warriors/Grizzlies*

  • June 6: Warriors/Grizzlies at Jazz*

No. 2 Suns vs. No. 7 Lakers

  • Sunday: Lakers at Suns (3:30, ABC)

  • Might 25: Lakers at Suns (10, TNT)

  • Might 27: Suns at Lakers (10, TNT)

  • Might 30: Suns at Lakers (3:30, ABC)

  • June 1: Lakers at Suns*

  • June 3: Suns at Lakers*

  • June 5: Lakers at Suns*

No. 3 Nuggets vs. No. 6 Sports jackets

  • Saturday: Sports Jackets at Nuggets (10:30, ESPN)

  • Might 24: Sports Jackets at Nuggets (10, TNT)

  • Might 27: Nuggets at Blazers (10:30, NBATV)

  • Might 29: Nuggets at Sports Jackets (4, TNT)

  • June 1: Sports Jackets at Nuggets*

  • June 3: Nuggets at Blazers*

  • June 5: Blazers at Nuggets*

No. 4 Clippers vs. No. 5 Radicals

  • Saturday: Mavericks at Clippers (4:30, ESPN)

  • Might 25: Radicals at Clippers (10:30, NBATV)

  • Might 28: Clippers at Mavericks (9:30, ESPN)

  • Might 30: Clippers at Radicals (9:30, TNT)

  • June 2: Radicals at Clippers*

  • June 4: Clippers at Mavericks*

  • June 6: Mavericks at Clippers*

PLAY-IN COMPETITION

Eastern Conference

  • Celtics 118, Wizards 100 (Boston clinches No. 7 seed)

  • Pacers 144, Hornets 117 (Charlotte got rid of)

  • Wizards 142, Pacers 115 (Washington clinches No. 8 seed)

Western Conference

  • Lakers 103, Warriors 100 (Los Angeles clinches No. 7 seed)

  • Grizzlies 100, Stimulates 96 (San Antonio got rid of)

  • Warriors vs. Grizzlies (winner clinches No. 8 seed)

This short article initially appeared on U.S.A. TODAY: NBA playoff schedule: First-round matches, dates and TELEVISION information

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.