NBA 2023 Playoffs: Dates, Times, Where to Watch, First Round Matchups

The final play-in tournament games were completed on Friday and now we look ahead to Saturday April 15, as the 2023 NBA playoffs begin.

The first-day games include four juicy match-ups: Nets v 76ers, Hawks v Celtics, Knicks v Cavs and Warriors v Kings.

See below for the full Round 1 Schedule:

Eastern Conference

Milwaukee Bucks (1) vs. Miami Heat (8)
Game 1: Heat vs. Bucks | Sun., April 16 | 5:30 ET (TNT)
Game 2: Heat vs. Bucks | Wed., April 19 | 9 ET (NBA TV)
Game 3: Bucks vs. Heat | Sat., April 22 | 7:30 ET (ESPN)
Game 4: Bucks vs. Heat | Mon., April 24 | TBD
*Game 5: Heat vs. Bucks | Wed., April 26 | TBD
*Game 6: Bucks vs. Heat | Fri, April 28 | TBD
*Game 7: Heat vs. Bucks | Sun., April 20 | TBD

Boston Celtics (2) vs. Atlanta Hawks (7)
Game 1: Hawks vs. Celtics | Sat., April 15 | 3:30 ET (ESPN)
Game 2: Hawks vs. Celtics | Tues., April 18 | 7 ET (NBA TV)
Game 3: Celtics vs. Hawks | Fri., April 21 | 7 ET (ESPN)
Game 4: Celtics vs. Hawks | Sun, April 23 | 7 ET (TNT)
*Game 5: Hawks vs. Celtics | Tues., April 25 | TBD
*Game 6: Celtics vs. Hawks | Thurs., April 27 | TBD
*Game 7: Hawks vs. Celtics | Sat., April 29 | TBD

Philadelphia 76ers (3) vs. Brooklyn Nets (6)
Game 1: Nets vs. 76ers | Sat., April 15 | 1 ET (ESPN)
Game 2: Nets vs. 76ers | Mon., April 17 | 7:30 ET (TNT)
Game 3: 76ers vs. Nets | Thurs., April 20 | 7:30 ET (TNT)
Game 4: 76ers vs. Nets | Sat., April 22 | 1 ET (TNT)
*Game 5: Nets vs. 76ers | Mon., April 24 | TBD
*Game 6: 76ers vs. Nets | Thurs., April 27 | TBD
*Game 7: Nets vs. 76ers | Sat., April 29 | TBD

Cleveland Cavaliers (4) vs. New York Knicks (5)
Game 1: Knicks vs. Cavaliers | Sat., April 15 | 6 ET (ESPN)
Game 2: Knicks vs. Cavaliers | Tues., April 18 | 7:30 ET (TNT)
Game 3: Cavaliers vs. Knicks | Fri., April 21 | 8:30 ET (ABC)
Game 4: Cavaliers vs. Knicks | Sun., April 23 | 1 ET (ABC)
*Game 5: Knicks vs. Cavaliers | TBD
*Game 6: Cavaliers vs. Knicks | TBD
*Game 7: Knicks vs. Cavaliers | TBD

Western Conference

Denver Nuggets (1) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (8)
Game 1: Timberwolves vs. Nuggets | Sun., April 16 | 10.30 ET (TNT)
Game 2: Timberwolves vs. Nuggets | Wed., April 19 | 10 ET (TNT)
Game 3: Nuggets vs. Timberwolves | Fri., April 21 | 9:30 ET (ESPN)
Game 4: Nuggets vs. Timberwolves | Sun., April 23 | 9:30 ET (TNT)
*Game 5: Timberwolves vs. Nuggets | Tues., April 25 | TBD
*Game 6: Nuggets vs. Timberwolves | Thurs., April 27 | TBD
*Game 7: Timberwolves vs. Nuggets | Sat., April 29 | TBD

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Memphis Grizzlies (2) vs. L.A. Lakers (7)
Game 1: Lakers vs. Grizzlies | Sun., April 16 | 3 ET (ABC)
Game 2: Lakers vs. Grizzlies | Wed., April 19 | 7:30 ET (TNT)
Game 3: Grizzlies vs. Lakers | Sat., April 22 | 10 ET (ESPN)
Game 4: Grizzlies vs. Lakers | Mon. April 24 | TBD
*Game 5: Lakers vs. Grizzlies | Wed., April 26 | TBD
*Game 6: Grizzlies vs. Lakers | Fri., April 28 | TBD
*Game 7: Lakers vs. Grizzlies | Sun., April 30 | TBD

Sacramento Kings (3) vs. Golden State Warriors (6)
Game 1: Warriors vs. Kings | Sat., April 15 | 8:30 ET (ABC)
Game 2: Warriors vs. Kings | Mon., April 17 | 10 ET (TNT)
Game 3: Kings vs. Warriors | Thurs., April 20 | 10 ET (TNT)
Game 4: Kings vs. Warriors | Sun., April 23 | 3.30 ET (ABC)
*Game 5: Warriors vs. Kings | Wed., April 26 | TBD
*Game 6: Kings vs. Warriors | Fri., April 28 | TBD
*Game 7: Warriors vs. Kings | Sun., April 30 | TBD

Phoenix Suns (4) vs. LA Clippers (5)
Game 1: Clippers vs. Suns | Sun., April 16 | 8 ET (TNT)
Game 2: Clippers vs. Suns | Tues., April 18 | 10 ET (TNT)
Game 3: Suns vs. Clippers | Thurs., April 20 | 10:30 ET (NBA TV)
Game 4: Suns vs. Clippers | Sat., April 22 | 3:30 ET (TNT)
*Game 5: Clippers vs. Suns | Tues., April 25 | TBD
*Game 6: Suns vs. Clippers | Thurs., April 27 | TBD
*Game 7: Clippers vs. Suns | Sat., April 29 | TBD (TNT)

* if neccessary

2023 NBA Playoffs Key Dates

April 15: NBA playoffs begin
May 1-2: NBA Conference Semifinals begin (possible move-up to April 29-30)
May 16-17: NBA Conference Finals begin (possible move-up to May 14-15)
June 1: NBA Finals 2023 Game 1
June 4: NBA Finals 2023 Game 2
June 7: NBA Finals 2023 Game 3
June 9: NBA Finals 2023 Game 4
June 12: NBA Finals 2023 Game 5 (if necessary)
June 15: NBA Finals 2023 Game 6 (if necessary)
June 18: NBA Finals 2023 Game 7 (if necessary)

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