2018 NBA Playoffs: Matchups, Important Dates, Times, TV Channels, And How To Watch Free Online

The start of the NBA playoffs is here, and we know the exact match-ups now that the 2017 NBA Playoff schedule has been released. The NBA Playoffs TV schedule begins Saturday, April 14, the semifinals are scheduled to begin April 30 and the conference finals May 15. The 2018 NBA Finals schedule begins on May 31, matching 2011 as the earliest start for the event since 1986. Game 7 is scheduled for June 17. Below we have the TV schedule for the first round of NBA playoffs, as well as where to watch all the action online for free. The games for the first round are sorted by date and are subject to change.


Eastern Conference

First round match-ups
(1) Toronto Raptors vs. (8) Washington Wizards
Game 1: Sat. April 14 Washington at Toronto. 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2: Tue. April 17 Washington at Toronto, 7 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3: Fri. April 20  Toronto at Washington, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Game 4: Sun. April 22 Toronto at Washington, 6 p.m., TNT
*Game 5: Wed. April 25 Washington at Toronto, TBD
*Game 6: Fri. April 27 Toronto at Washington,  TBD
*Game 7: Wed. April 25 Washington at Toronto, TBD
*if necessary

(4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (5) Indiana Pacers
Game 1: Sun. April 15 Indiana at Cleveland, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Game 2: Wed. April 18 Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Fri. April 20 Cleveland at Indiana, 7 p.m.,  ESPN
Game 4: Sun. April 22 Cleveland at Indiana, 8:30 p.m., TNT
*Game 5: Wed. April 25  Indiana at Cleveland, TBD
*Game 6: Fri. April 27 Cleveland at Indiana, TBD
*Game 7: Sun. April 29 Indiana at Cleveland, TBD
*if necessary

(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Miami Heat
Game 1: Sat. April 14 Miami at Philadelphia, 8 p.m., ESPN
Game 2: Mon. April 16 Miami at  Philadelphia, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Thu. April 19 Philadelphia at Miami, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 4: Sat.  April 21 Philadelphia at Miami, 2:30 p.m., TNT
*Game 5: Tue. April 24 Miami at  Philadelphia, TBD
*Game 6: Thu. April 26 Philadelphia at Miami, TBD
*Game 7: Sat.  April 28 Miami at Philadelphia, TNT
*if necessary

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (7) Milwaukee Bucks
Game 1:  Sun. April 15 Milwaukee at Boston, 1 p.m., TNT
Game 2:  Tue,  April 17 Milwaukee at Boston, 8 p.m.,  TNT
Game 3:  Fri. April 20  Boston at Milwaukee, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4: Sun. April 22 Boston at Milwaukee, 1 p.m., ABC
*Game 5: Tue. April 24 Milwaukee at Boston,  TBD
*Game 6: Thu. April 26 Boston at Milwaukee, TBD
*Game 7: Sat. April 28 Milwaukee at Boston,  TNT
*if necessary

Western Conference

First round match-ups:
(1) Houston Rockets vs. (8) Minnesota Timberwolves
Game 1: Sun. April 15 Minnesota at Houston, 9 p.m., TNT
Game 2: Wed. April 18 Minnesota at Houston, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Sat. April 21 Houston at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4: Mon. April 23 Houston at Minnesota, 8 p.m.,TNT
*Game 5: Wed. April 25 Minnesota at Houston, TBD
*Game 6: Fri. April 27 Houston at Minnesota, TBD
*Game 7: Sun. April 29 Minnesota at Houston, TBD
*if necessary

(4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (5) Utah Jazz
Game 1: Sun. April 15 Utah at Oklahoma City, 6:30 p.m.,  TNT
Game 2: Wed. April 18 Utah at  Oklahoma City, 8 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3: Sat. April 21 Oklahoma City at Utah, 10 p.m., ESPN
Game 4: Mon. April 23 Oklahoma City at  Utah, 10:30 p.m. TNT
*Game 5: Wed.  April 25 Utah at  Oklahoma City, TBD
*Game 6: Fri. April 27 Oklahoma City at  Utah, TBD
*Game 7: Sun. April 29 Utah at  Oklahoma City, TBD
*if necessary

(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) New Orleans Pelicans
Game 1: Sat. April 14 New Orleans at Portland, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2: Tue. April 17 New Orleans at Portland, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Thu. April 19 Portland at New Orleans, 9 p.m., NBA TV
Game 4: Sat. April 21 Portland at New Orleans, 5 p.m., TNT
*Game 5: Tue. April 24 New Orleans at Portland, TBD
*Game 6: Thu. April 26 Portland at New Orleans, TBD
*Game 7: Sat. April 28 New Orleans at Portland,TNT
*if necessary

(2) Golden State Warriors vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs
Game 1: Sat. April 14 San Antonio at  Golden State, 3 p.m., ABC
Game 2: Mon. April 16 San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Thu. April 19 Golden State at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4: Sun. April 22 Golden State at  San Antonio, 3:30 p.m., ABC
*Game 5: Tue. April 24 San Antonio at Golden State, TBD
*Game 6: Thu.  April 26 Golden State at San Antonio, TBD
*Game 7: Sat. April 28 San Antonio at Golden State, TNT
*if necessary

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If you are watching online and aren't able to use WatchESPN or TNT Watch Live, here are some other sites that will be streaming the draft.

Streams List 1 (Note: Flash streams are your best bet)
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