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NBA Playoff Schedule 2020: Full Bracket, Dates, Instances, TV Channels for Every Sequence

Despite all the uncertainties about the 2019-20 season, the NBA is in a (somewhat) normal position: 16 teams are fighting for the title.

The first round of the 2020 NBA playoffs begins August 17 in the league’s “bubble” at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The postseason should end no later than October 13th as long as teams can avoid a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on campus. The environment has been shown to be safe so far, so there is optimism that a champion will be crowned in the near future.

Below is everything you need to know about watching the 2020 NBA playoffs, including postseason matchups and TV series programs.

MORE: Watch selected NBA playoff games live with fuboTV (7-day trial)

NBA Playoff Bracket 2020

The NBA playoffs 2020 follow the typical format with complete best-of-seven series up to the NBA final.

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How to watch NBA playoff games

The broadcasts of the 2020 NBA playoffs will again be split between ESPN and TNT. First and second round games are spread across both networks, including several prime time matchups on ABC.

ESPN has exclusive broadcast rights to the Eastern Conference Final and TNT covers the Western Conference Final. Every game during the NBA Finals will be shown exclusively on ABC.

The main outlets for live streaming NBA playoff games for 2020 are Watch ESPN and Watch TNT, both available on desktop and by downloading the mobile app. You can also stream games live by signing up to fuboTV, which offers a seven day free trial.

NBA playoffs schedule, results

Results of the first round of the Eastern Conference

(1) dollars versus (8) magic

date
game
Time (ET)
National television
18th of August
Magic 122, Bucks 110 (Orlando leads 1-0)
1:30 p.m.
TNT
20th of August
Bucks 111, Magic 96 (Series 1-1 tied)
6 p.m.
ESPN
August 22nd
Bucks 121, Magic 107 (Milwaukee leads 2-1)
1 p.m.
TNT
August 24th
Dollar 121, Magic 106 (Milwaukee leads 3-1)
1:30 p.m.
NBA TV
26th of August
Game 5
4 p.m.
NBA TV
August 28th
Game 6 *
TBD
TBD
August 30th
Game 7 *
TBD
TBD

*If necessary

(2) Raptors versus (7) nets

date
game
Time (ET)
National television
17th August
Raptors 134, Nets 110 (Toronto lead 1-0)
4 p.m.
ESPN
August 19th
Raptors 104, Nets 99 (Toronto leads 2-0)
1:30 p.m.
NBA TV
August 21
Raptors 117, Nets 92 (Toronto leads 3-0)
1:30 p.m.
NBA TV
August 23
Raptors 150, Nets 122 (Toronto wins the series 4-0)
6:30 in the evening.
TNT

(3) Celtics vs. (6) 76ers

date
game
Time (ET)
National television
17th August
Celtics 109, 76ers 101 (Boston leads 1-0)
6:30 in the evening.
ESPN
August 19th
Celtics 128, 76ers 101 (Boston leads 2-0)
6:30 in the evening.
TNT
August 21
Celtics 102, 76ers 94 (Boston leads 3-0)
6:30 in the evening.
TNT
August 23
Celtics 110, 76ers 106 (Boston wins the series 4-0)
1 p.m.
ABC

(4) pacemaker against (5) heat

date
game
Time (ET)
National television
18th of August
Heat 113, Pacers 101 (Miami leads 1-0)
4 p.m.
TNT
20th of August
Heat 109, Pacers 100 (Miami leads 2-0)
1 p.m.
ESPN
August 22nd
Heat 124, Pacers 115 (Miami leads 3-0)
3:30 pm.
TNT
August 24th
Heat 99, Pacers 87 (Miami wins the series 4-0)
6:30 in the evening.
TNT

Results of the first round of the Western Conference

(1) Lakers vs. 8. Trail blazer

date
game
Time (ET)
National television
18th of August
Trail Blazers 100, Lakers 93 (Portland leads 1-0)
21 clock
TNT
20th of August
Lakers 111, Trail Blazers 88 (Series 1-1 tied)
21 clock
ESPN
August 22nd
Lakers 116, Trail Blazers 108 (Los Angeles leads 2-1)
8:30 p.m.
ABC
August 24th
Lakers 135, Trail Blazers 115 (Los Angeles leads 3-1)
21 clock
TNT
26th of August
Game 5
21 clock
TNT
August 28th
Game 6 *
TBD
TBD
August 30th
Game 7 *
TBD
TBD

*If necessary

(2) Clippers vs. (7) Mavericks

date
game
Time (ET)
National television
17th August
Clippers 118, Mavericks 110 (Los Angeles leads 1-0)
21 clock
ESPN
August 19th
Mavericks 127, Clippers 114 (series 1-1 tied)
21 clock
TNT
August 21
Clippers 130, Mavericks 122 (Los Angeles leads 2-1)
21 clock
TNT
August 23
Mavericks 135, Clippers 133 (series tied 2-2)
3:30 pm.
ABC
August 25
Clippers 154, Mavericks 111 (Los Angeles leads 3-2)
21 clock
TNT
August 27
Game 6
21 clock
ESPN
29th August
Game 7 *
TBD
TNT

*If necessary

(3) nuggets vs. (6) jazz

date
game
Time (ET)
National television
17th August
Nuggets 135, Jazz 125 (Denver leads 1-0)
1:30 p.m.
ESPN
August 19th
Jazz 124, Nuggets 105 (Series 1-1 bound)
4 p.m.
TNT
August 21
Jazz 124, Nuggets 87 (Utah leads 2-1)
4 p.m.
TNT
August 23
Jazz 129, Nuggets 127 (Utah leads 3-1)
21 clock
TNT
August 25
Nuggets 117, Jazz 107 (Utah leads 3-2)
6:30 in the evening.
TNT
August 27
Game 6
4 p.m.
ESPN
29th August
Game 7 *
TBD
TNT

*If necessary

(4) missiles against (5) thunder

date
game
Time (ET)
National television
18th of August
Rockets 123, Thunder 108 (Houston leads 1-0)
6:30 in the evening.
TNT
20th of August
Rockets 111, Thunder 98 (Houston leads 2-0)
3:30 pm.
ESPN
August 22nd
Thunder 119, Missile 107 (Houston leads 2-1)
6 p.m.
ESPN
August 24th
Thunder 117, Rockets 114 (Series 2-2 tied)
4 p.m.
TNT
26th of August
Game 5
6:30 in the evening.
TNT
August 28th
Game 6
TBD
TBD
August 30th
Game 7 *
TBD
TBD

*If necessary

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