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NBA Playoffs Dates 2024, Gear Up Basketball Action!



April 15th, 2024

The hardwood is about to heat up! The 2024  NBA playoffs postseason is upon us, promising electrifying games and fierce competition. Whether you're a die-hard fan or a casual observer, the NBA playoffs offer something for everyone. But when exactly does the action begin? This comprehensive guide breaks down the key dates for every round, ensuring you don't miss a single moment.

The Play-In Tournament

The drama unfolds with the SoFi NBA Play-In Tournament, kicking off on April 16th and running through April 19th. This preliminary stage gives teams on the cusp of playoff berths a shot at glory. Here's a breakdown of the Play-In schedule:

Eastern Conference:

Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers (April 17, 7 PM ET)

Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls (April 17, 9:30 PM ET)

Western Conference:

Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans (April 16, 7:30 PM ET)

Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings (April 16, 10 PM ET)

 The First Round of NBA Playoffs

Following the Play-In, the intensity escalates with the first round of the NBA Playoffs Presented by Google Pixel, commencing on April 20th. Get ready for captivating matchups across both conferences

Eastern Conference:

New York Knicks vs. No. 7 Seed (April 20)

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic (April 20)

Boston Celtics vs. No. 8 Seed (April 21)

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers (April 21)

Western Conference:

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns (April 20)

Denver Nuggets vs. No. 7 Seed (April 20)

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks (April 21)

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 8 Seed (April 21)

Conference Semifinals and Finals

As the playoffs progress, the competition intensifies even further. Mark your calendars for these crucial stages:


Conference Semifinals: Scheduled to begin on May 6th or 7th, with the possibility of an earlier start (May 4th or 5th) depending on the pace of previous series.

Conference Finals: Set for May 21st or 22nd, with potential adjustments to May 19th or 20th based on the preceding rounds.

The NBA Finals

The pinnacle of the NBA season arrives with the NBA Finals, tipping off on June 6th. All the action will be broadcasted on ABC, with a captivating series unfolding across these key dates:

Game 1: June 6

Game 2: June 9

Game 3: June 12

Game 4: June 14

Game 5: June 17 (if necessary)

Game 6: June 20 (if necessary)

Game 7: June 23 (if necessary)

Get ready to witness exceptional athleticism, strategic brilliance, and clutch plays that will have you glued to your seat. The NBA playoffs are a spectacle not to be missed! So, stock up on snacks, gather your fellow basketball enthusiasts, and prepare to be amazed!

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