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NBA Playoff broadcast schedule for the 2019 postseason

Looking for which NBA games are on TV this season? You’ve come to the right place.

Here’s what you can look forward to watching in the coming weeks.

NBA Broadcast Schedule
Date Teams Time Channel
Wednesday, May 15 Raptors at Bucks 8:30 p.m. SN1/E/O/W/P / TNT
Thursday, May 16 Blazers at Warriors 9:00 p.m. TSN Network / ESPN
Friday, May 17 Raptors at Bucks 8:30 p.m. TSN Network / TNT
Saturday, May 18 Warriors at Blazers 9:00 p.m. SN1 / ESPN
Sunday, May 19 Bucks at Raptors 7:00 p.m. SN1/E/O/W/P / TNT
Monday, May 20 Warriors at Blazers 9:00 p.m. TSN Network / ESPN
Tuesday, May 21 Bucks at Raptors 8:30 p.m. TSN Network / TNT

TV listings

NBA conference finals schedule

*All times Eastern

Eastern Conference:

Milwaukee Bucks (1) vs. Toronto Raptors (2)

Milwaukee leads series, 1-0

  • Game 1 (at MIL): Bucks 108, Raptors 100
  • Game 2 (at MIL): Fri., May 17, 8:30 p.m. — TV: TNT
  • Game 3 (at TOR): Sun., May 19, 7 p.m. — TV: TNT
  • Game 4 (at TOR): Tue., May 21, 8:30 p.m. — TV: TNT
  • Game 5* (at MIL): Thu., May 23, 8:30 p.m. — TV: TNT
  • Game 6* (at TOR): Sat., May 25, 8:30 p.m. — TV: TNT
  • Game 7* (at MIL): Mon., May 27, 8:30 p.m. — TV: TNT

*If necessary

Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (3)

Golden State leads series 1-0

  • Game 1 (at GS): Warriors 116, Blazers 94
  • Game 2 (at GS): Thursday, May 16, 9 p.m. — TV: ESPN
  • Game 3 (at POR): Saturday, May 18, 9 p.m. — TV: ESPN
  • Game 4 (at POR): Monday, May 20, 9 p.m. — TV: ESPN
  • Game 5* (at GS): Wednesday, May 22, 9 p.m. — TV: ESPN
  • Game 6* (at POR): Friday, May 24, 9 p.m. — TV: ESPN
  • Game 7* (at GS): Sunday, May 26, 9 p.m. — TV: ESPN

*If necessary

NBA playoffs second-round series results

*All times Eastern

Eastern Conference:

Milwaukee Bucks (1) vs. Boston Celtics (4) 

Milwaukee wins series 4-1

  • Game 1: Celtics 112, Bucks 90
  • Game 2: Bucks 123, Celtics 102
  • Game 3: Bucks 123, Celtics 116
  • Game 4: Bucks 113, Celtics 101
  • Game 5: Bucks 116, Celtics 91

Toronto Raptors (2) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (3) 

Toronto wins series 4-3

  • Game 1: Raptors 108, 76ers 95
  • Game 2: 76ers 94, Raptors 89
  • Game 3: 76ers 116, Raptors 95
  • Game 4: Raptors 101, 76ers 96
  • Game 5: Raptors 125, 76ers 89
  • Game 6: 76ers 112, Raptors 101
  • Game 7: Raptors 92, 76ers 90

Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Houston Rockets (4) 

Golden State wins series 4-2

  • Game 1: Warriors 104, Rockets 100
  • Game 2: Warriors 115, Rockets 109
  • Game 3: Rockets 126, Warriors 121 OT
  • Game 4: Rockets 112, Warriors 108
  • Game 5: Warriors 104, Rockets 99
  • Game 6: Warriors 118, Rockets 113

Denver Nuggets (2) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (3)

Portland wins series 4-3

  • Game 1: Nuggets 121, Blazers 113
  • Game 2: Blazers 97, Nuggets 90
  • Game 3: Blazers 140, Nuggets 137 — 4OT
  • Game 4: Nuggets 116, Blazers 112
  • Game 5: Nuggets 124, Blazers 98
  • Game 6: Blazers 119, Nuggets 108
  • Game 7: Blazers 100, Nuggets 96

NBA playoffs first-round series results

Eastern Conference:

Milwaukee Bucks (1) vs. Detroit Pistons (8) 

Milwaukee wins series 4-0

  • Game 1 (at MIL): Bucks 121, Pistons 86
  • Game 2 (at MIL): Bucks 120, Pistons 99
  • Game 3 (at DET): Bucks 119, Pistons 103
  • Game 4 (at DET): Bucks 127, Pistons 104

Toronto Raptors (2) vs. Orlando Magic (7) 

Toronto wins series 4-1

  • Game 1 (at TOR): Magic 104, Raptors 101
  • Game 2 (at TOR): Raptors 111, Magic 82
  • Game 3 (at ORL): Raptors 98, Magic 93
  • Game 4 (at ORL): Raptors 107, Magic 85
  • Game 5 (at TOR): Raptors 115, Magic 96

Philadelphia 76ers (3) vs. Brooklyn Nets (6) 

Philadelphia wins series 4-1

  • Game 1 (at PHI): Nets 111, 76ers 102
  • Game 2 (at PHI): 76ers 145, Nets 123
  • Game 3 (at BKN): 76ers 131, Nets 115
  • Game 4 (at BKN): 76ers 112, Nets 108
  • Game 5 (at PHI): 76ers 122, Nets 100

Boston Celtics (4) vs. Indiana Pacers (5) 

Boston wins series 4-0

  • Game 1 (at BOS): Celtics 84, Pacers 74
  • Game 2 (at BOS): Celtics 99, Pacers 91
  • Game 3 (at IND): Celtics 104, Pacers 96
  • Game 4 (at IND): Celtics 110, Pacers 106

Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (8) 

Golden State wins series, 4-2

  • Game 1: Warriors 121, Clippers 104
  • Game 2: Clippers 135, Warriors 131
  • Game 3: Warriors 132, Clippers 105
  • Game 4: Warriors 113, Clippers 105
  • Game 5: Clippers 129, Warriors 121
  • Game 6: Warriors 129, Clippers 110

Denver Nuggets (2) vs. San Antonio Spurs (7) 

Denver wins series, 4-3

  • Game 1 (at DEN): Spurs 101, Nuggets 96
  • Game 2 (at DEN): Nuggets 114, Spurs 105
  • Game 3 (at SA): Spurs 118, Nuggets 108
  • Game 4 (at SA): Nuggets 117, Spurs 103
  • Game 5 (at DEN): Nuggets 108, Spurs 90
  • Game 6 (at SA): Spurs 120, Nuggets 103
  • Game 7 (at DEN): Nuggets 90, Spurs 86

Portland Trail Blazers (3) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (6) 

Portland wins series 4-1

  • Game 1 (at POR): Trail Blazers 104, Thunder 99
  • Game 2  (at POR): Trail Blazers 114, Thunder 94
  • Game 3 (at OKC): Thunder 120, Trail Blazers 108
  • Game 4 (at OKC): Trail Blazers 111, Thunder 98
  • Game 5 (at POR): Trail Blazers 118, Thunder 115

*If necessary

Houston Rockets (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5) 

Houston wins series 4-1

  • Game 1 (at HOU): Rockets 122, Jazz 90
  • Game 2 (at HOU): Rockets 118, Jazz 98
  • Game 3 (at UTA): Rockets 104, Jazz 101
  • Game 4 (at UTA): Jazz 107, Rockets 91
  • Game 5 (at HOU): Rockets 100, Jazz 93

Storylines

Trail Blazers: When Jusuf Nurkic went down with his gruesome, season-ending leg injury in late March, the consensus was that the Blazers’ season was done. They would make the playoffs, of course, and maybe win a first-round series, but no one expected they would go on a deep playoff run in the crowded West. In fact, when they were matched up with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round, almost everyone picked them to lose. And yet here they are, in the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2000, and set for a matchup against the mighty Golden State Warriors.

Warriors: For the fifth straight season, the Warriors have advanced to the Western Conference finals, and they’ll be looking to make it the same number of consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. But their road to a three-peat got a bit more complicated with Kevin Durant’s injury in Game 5 of their second-round series with the Rockets. Now, in year five of their dynasty, they’ll have to rely on the original big three of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green as much as they did in year one. Perhaps that’s fitting though, with big roster changes, including a potential Durant departure — likely in the summer.

Matchups to watch

1. Backcourts: Without a doubt, this is the most important matchup in the series. Curry and Thompson have been the best backcourt duo in the league for over half a decade, but Lillard and McCollum haven’t been far behind. And in fact, the Blazers’ duo can make an argument that they’ve been better during the course of these playoffs.

With Durant out for at least the early part of this series, the Warriors are going to need big performances from both Curry and Thompson. Likewise, the Blazers will need Lillard and McCollum to show up and match them. If they can’t do that, then the Blazers have little chance in this series, and in fact, Portland may need their star backcourt to even outplay the Splash Brothers.

Whichever team wins the backcourt battle will likely win the series.

2. Kevin Durant vs. his calf: There’s something to be said about the idea that the Warriors are better, or at the very least play a more successful style with Kevin Durant off the court. Over the past three seasons, the numbers show that they’re better with Steph Curry on the floor as the main man versus Durant leading the way.

However, those numbers come with plenty of context. The regular season is different than the playoffs, obviously, and Durant was still playing in many of those games, which means he was out there helping wear down other teams. Plus, those numbers don’t show what sort of lineups Curry was playing against, or how long those spurts were from game to game. That isn’t to say he can’t be successful — that’s not the case — but just to point out that there’s no guarantee you can extrapolate out those scoring margins and apply them to this series.

The Warriors are not a deep team, and both Curry and Klay Thompson have struggled at times during the postseason. As we saw against the Rockets in Game 6, this group can still win without Durant, but it’s going to be a lot more difficult to do it on a consistent basis without his added firepower.

3. 3-point shooting: These two teams have been among the best 3-point shooting squads in both the regular season and the playoffs. Neither bunch fires up that many attempts, but they hit at a high percentage. Golden State leads all teams in the playoffs at 37.2 percent from downtown, and the Blazers aren’t far behind at 35.9 percent, which is the next best mark of the four remaining teams.

While the Warriors are the more talented of the two teams, the gap isn’t that great if Durant is out injured. And in a relatively even matchup, 3-point shooting can be a difference maker. If Lillard and McCollum get hot from downtown and start getting some help from the likes of Seth Curry, the Blazers could make this pretty interesting. On the other hand, if the Splash Brothers are lighting up the scoreboard from outside, the odds of a Blazers victory seem slim to none.

Series prediction

This should be quite an interesting series with Durant’s injury, but the Blazers’ best players are Lillard and McCollum, and that’s not an advantage against the Warriors in the way that it is against other teams. Portland has a chance to make this interesting, but in the end, the Warriors will be too talented and win this in six games.

2019 Playoff Bracket

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