NBA Playoffs 2020: 1st round schedule, how to live stream, where to watch, time and pre-buzz over the next stage

While one of the teams is yet to be finalized, there is still a complete schedule for the first round that's set to kick off on August 17, Monday


                            NBA Playoffs 2020: 1st round schedule, how to live stream, where to watch, time and pre-buzz over the next stage
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A few months ago, the possibility of sports even happening was a bleak possibility. However, there is a sense of normalcy now as the world is slowly limping back after going toe-to-toe against the Coronavirus pandemic. For NBA fans, the last month has been an exciting affair and that is all set to continue as the returned season has finally reached the playoffs stage. While one of the teams is yet to be finalized, there is still a complete schedule for the first round that's all set to start on August 17, Monday.

There isn't any change in the format and the games are set to be played inside a Disney World bubble. Here's a quick look at the schedule ahead of the playoffs. 

Game 1 on August 17 (Monday)

Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz, 1:30 p.m. ET

Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets, 4 p.m. ET

Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers, 6:30 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks, 9 p.m. ET

All of Monday's games can be watched live on ESPN

Game 1 on August 18 (Tuesday)

Milwaukee Bucks vs Orlando Magic, 1:30 p.m. ET

Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers, 4 p.m. ET

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets, 6:30 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Play-in Winner, 9 p.m. ET

All of Tuesday's games can be watched live on TNT

Game 2 on August 19 (Wednesday)

Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets, 1:30 p.m. ET

Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz, 4 p.m. ET

Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers, 6:30 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks, 9 p.m. ET

The Raptors-Nets game can be caught live on NBA TV, the rest of Wednesday's games can be watched on TNT. 

Game 2 on August 20 (Thursday)

Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers, 1 p.m. E

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets, 3:30 p.m

Milwaukee Bucks vs Orlando Magic, 6 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Play-in Winner, 9 p.m. ET

All of Thursdays' games will be live on ESPN

Game 3 on August 21 (Friday)

Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets, 1:30 p.m. ET

Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz, 4 p.m. ET

Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers, 6:30 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks, 9 p.m. ET

The Raptors-Nets game can be caught live on NBA TV, the rest of the days can be watched on TNT.

Game 4 on August 22 (Saturday)

Milwaukee Bucks vs Orlando Magic, 1 p.m. ET, TNT

Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers, 3:30 p.m. ET, TNT

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN

Los Angeles Lakers vs Play-in Winner, 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC

The Bucks-Magic game will be live on TNT as will the Heat v Pacers. The Thunder v Rockets scrimmage can be watched on ESPN, while the Lakers tussle will be live on ESPN.

Game 4 on August 23 (Sunday)

Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers, 1 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks, 3:30 p.m. ET

Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets, 6:30 p.m. ET

Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz, 9 p.m. ET

Celtics v 76ers + Clippers v Mavericks can be watched on ABC, the remaining games will be live on TNT. 

Game 4 on August 24 (Monday)

Milwaukee Bucks vs Orlando Magic, 1:30 p.m. ET

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets, 4 p.m. ET

Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers, 6:30 p.m. ET, TNT

Los Angeles Lakers v Play-in Winner, 9 p.m. ET, TNT

The Bucks v Magic game will be live on NBA TV, the rest can be watched on TNT. 

The games to be played between August 25-30 are to be decided based on the results of the above games. 

How to live stream

NBA TV is the easiest and most preferred option. YouTube TV is the second most looked at as it provides access to ESPN, TNT, ABC and NBA TV, as well as a good amount of regional sports networks, including those linked to Fox and NBC. Priced at $64.99, it comes across as a complete package. Other options include Sling TV and fuboTV that can be availed of at reasonable prices.

Pre-buzz around the playoffs

Some of the much-anticipated clashes are the ones between the Lakers and Trail Blazers that fans have been hoping for. Thunder v Rockets is the next big clash on the cards and only time will tell how the results pan out. 

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