NBA Playoffs 2024: Schedule, Play-In Tournament Dates

NBA playoffs 2024 kick off with the Play-In Tournament, featuring Pelicans vs. Lakers and 76ers vs. Heat. The postseason starts April 16 and runs through April 19.

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NBA Playoffs 2024: Schedule, Play-In Tournament Dates
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The NBA playoffs are here! The Play-In Tournament kicks off on Tuesday, April 16, with matchups like Pelicans vs. Lakers and 76ers vs. Heat. The tournament continues until Friday, April 19, determining the final playoff spots.

This year, there’s a schedule twist. Western Conference games will start on Tuesday, followed by Eastern Conference clashes on Wednesday. Due to a scheduling conflict, the 76ers will play on Wednesday instead of Tuesday.

The first-round matchups are also set, including Timberwolves vs. Suns and Bucks vs. Pacers. While dates are confirmed, stay tuned for time and TV details.

Here’s what we know about the 2024 NBA playoff schedule so far:

Play-In Tournament Schedule (All times Eastern)

Tuesday, April 16

  • Pelicans vs. Lakers, 7:30 p.m., TNT
  • Kings vs. Warriors, 10 p.m., TNT

Wednesday, April 17

  • 76ers vs. Heat, 7 p.m., ESPN/fubo
  • Bulls vs. Hawks, 9:30 p.m., ESPN/fubo

Friday, April 19

  • East No. 7/8 vs. East No. 9/10, Time TBD, ESPN/fubo
  • West No. 7/8 vs. West No. 9/10, Time TBD, TNT

2024 NBA Playoffs Schedule: First Round

Saturday, April 20

  • Knicks vs. East No. 7, Time/TV TBD
  • Cavaliers vs. Magic, Time/TV TBD
  • Nuggets vs. West No. 7, Time/TV TBD
  • Timberwolves vs. Suns, Time/TV TBD

Sunday, April 21

  • Celtics vs. East No. 8, Time/TV TBD
  • Bucks vs. Pacers, Time/TV TBD
  • Thunder vs. West No. 8, Time/TV TBD
  • Clippers vs. Mavericks, Time/TV TBD

Key dates: April 20-21 (start of first round), May 4-7 (start of second round), May 19-22 (start of Conference Finals), June 6 (NBA Finals Game 1), and June 23 (NBA Finals Game 7 if necessary).

Source: CBS

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