The 2021 NBA playoffs have begun after the first inaugural NBA play-in games. For the first time, technically 20 teams that have made it to the “postseason” but only 16 will play in the first round of the playoffs and the playoffs continue traditionally, until one team is standing.

Let’s take a look at the updated NBA playoff schedule, after the play-in games for both the Eastern and Western Conference, and later the NBA Finals.

 

2021 NBA Western Conference First Round Schedule

A look at the matchups and schedule for the first round of the NBA playoffs in the Western Conference.

(1) Utah Jazz vs. (8) Warriors or Grizzlies

Game 1: 8th seed at Utah Jazz, 5/23 9:30 PM
Game 2: 8th seed at Utah Jazz, 5/26 10 PM
Game 3: Utah Jazz at 8th seed, 5/29 TBD
Game 4: Utah Jazz at 8th seed, 5/31 TBD
Game 5*: 8th seed at Utah Jazz, 6/2 TBD
Game 6*: Utah Jazz at 8th seed, 6/4 TBD
Game 7*: 8th seed at Utah Jazz, 6/6 TBD

(2) Phoenix Suns vs. (7) Los Angeles Lakers

Game 1: Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns, 5/23 3:30 PM
Game 2: Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns, 5/25 10 PM
Game 3: Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers, 5/27 10 PM
Game 4: Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers, 5/30 3:30 PM
Game 5*: Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns, 6/1 TBD
Game 6*: Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers, 6/3 TBD
Game 7*: Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns, 6/5 TBD

(3) Denver Nuggets vs. (6) Portland Trail Blazers

Game 1: Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets, 5/22 10:30 PM
Game 2:Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets, 5/24 10 PM
Game 3: Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers, 5/27 10:30 PM
Game 4: Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers, 5/29 4 PM
Game 5*: Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets, 6/1 TBD
Game 6*: Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers, 6/3 TBD
Game 7*: Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets, 6/5 TBD

(4) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (5) Dallas Mavericks

Game 1: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers, 5/22 4:30 PM
Game 2: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers, 5/25 10:30 PM
Game 3: Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks, 5/28 9:30 PM
Game 4: Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks, 5/30 9:30 PM
Game 5*: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers, 6/2 TBD
Game 6*: Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks, 6/4 TBD
Game 7*: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers, 6/6 TBD

 

 

2021 NBA Eastern Conference First Round Schedule

A look at the matchups and schedule for the first round of the NBA playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Each game will be televised on either TNT, NBA TV, ESPN, or ABC.

(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (8) Washington Wizards

Game 1: Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers, 5/23 at 1 PM
Game 2: Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers, 5/26 at 7 PM
Game 3: Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards, 5/29 TBD
Game 4: Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards, 5/31 TBD
Game 5*: Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers, 6/2 TBD
Game 6*: Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards, 6/4 TBD
Game 7*: Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers, 6/6 TBD

(2) Brooklyn Nets vs. (7) Boston Celtics

Game 1: Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets, 5/22 at 8 PM
Game 2: Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets, 5/25 at 7:30 PM
Game 3: Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics, 5/28 at 8:30 PM
Game 4: Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics, 5/30 at 7 PM
Game 5*: Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets, 6/1 at TBD
Game 6*: Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics, 6/3 at TBD
Game 7*: Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets, 6/5 at TBD

(3) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (6) Miami Heat

Game 1: Miami Heat at. Milwaukee Bucks, 5/22 at 2 PM
Game 2: Miami Heat at. Milwaukee Bucks, 5/24 at 7:30 PM
Game 3: Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat, 5/27 at 7:30 PM
Game 4: Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat, 5/29 at 1:30 PM
Game 5*: Miami Heat at. Milwaukee Bucks, 6/1 TBD
Game 6*: Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat, 6/3 TBD
Game 7*: Miami Heat at. Milwaukee Bucks, 6/5 TBD

(4) New York Knicks vs. (5) Atlanta Hawks

Game 1: Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks, 5/23 at 7 PM
Game 2: Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks, 5/26 at 7:30 PM
Game 3: New York Knicks at Atlanta Hawks, 5/28 at 7 PM
Game 4: New York Knicks at Atlanta Hawks, 5/30 at 1 PM
Game 5*: Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks, 6/2 TBD
Game 6*: New York Knicks at Atlanta Hawks, 6/4 TBD
Game 7*: Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks, 6/6 TBD

 

2021 NBA Playoffs Series Odds

Betting on the NBA playoffs on a game by game basis is the key part of the betting market, but wagering on the series’ odds is just as popular as well. Here’s a look at the upcoming games. Also remember, you can bet $5 and win $200 at DK Sportsbook for the playoffs.

 

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