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NBA playoff schedule 2020: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series

NBA playoff schedule 2020: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series

Despite all the uncertainty surrounding the 2019-20 season, the NBA finds itself in a (somewhat) normal position: 16 teams fighting for a shot at the title.

The first round of the 2020 NBA playoffs is set to begin Aug. 17 inside the league’s “bubble” at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. The postseason should end no later than Oct. 13, as long as teams can avoid a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak within the campus. The environment has proven to be safe thus far, so there is optimism a champion will be crowned in the near future.

Below you’ll find everything to know about watching the 2020 NBA playoffs, including postseason matchups and series-by-series TV schedules.

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

NBA playoff bracket 2020

The 2020 NBA playoffs will follow the typical format with full best-of-seven series all the way through the NBA Finals.

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How to watch NBA playoff games

The 2020 NBA playoffs broadcasts will once again be split between ESPN and TNT. First- and second-round games are scattered across both networks, including several primetime matchups on ABC.

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

The primary outlets for live-streaming 2020 NBA playoff games 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 for fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.

NBA playoffs schedule, results

Eastern Conference second round results

(1) Bucks vs. (5) Heat

Date Game Time (ET) National TV
Aug. 31 Heat 115, Bucks 104 (Miami leads 1-0) 6:30 p.m. TNT
Sept. 2 Heat 116, Bucks 114 (Miami leads 2-0) 6:30 p.m. ESPN
Sept. 4 Heat 115, Bucks 100 (Miami leads 3-0) 6:30 p.m. TNT
Sept. 6 Bucks 118, Heat 115 (OT) (Miami leads 3-1) 3:30 p.m. ABC
Sept. 8 Game 5 6:30 p.m. TNT
Sept. 10 Game 6* TBD ESPN
Sept. 12 Game 7* TBD TNT

*if necessary

(2) Raptors vs. (3) Celtics

Date Game Time (ET) National TV
Aug. 30 Celtics 112, Raptors 94 (Boston leads 1-0) 1 p.m. ESPN
Sept. 1 Celtics 102, Raptors 99 (Boston leads 2-0) 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Sept. 3 Raptors 104, Celtics 103 (Boston leads 2-1) 6:30 p.m. TNT
Sept. 5 Raptors 100, Celtics 93 (Series tied 2-2)  6:30 p.m. TNT
Sept. 7 Game 5 6:30 p.m. TNT
Sept. 9 Game 6 6:30 p.m. ESPN
Sept. 11 Game 7* TBD TNT

*if necessary

Western Conference second round results

(1) Lakers vs. (4) Rockets

Date Game Time (ET) National TV
Sept. 4 Rockets 112, Lakers 97 (Houston leads 1-0) 9 p.m. ESPN
Sept. 6 Lakers 117, Rockets 109 (Series tied 1-1) 8:30 p.m. ABC
Sept. 8 Game 3 9 p.m. TNT
Sept. 10 Game 4 TBD TNT
Sept. 12 Game 5 TBD ESPN
Sept. 14 Game 6* TBD TNT
Sept. 16 Game 7* TBD TNT

*if necessary

(2) Clippers vs. (3) Nuggets

Date Game Time (ET) National TV
Sept. 3 Clippers 120, Nuggets 97 (Los Angeles leads 1-0) 9 p.m. TNT
Sept. 5 Nuggets 110, Clippers 101 (Seried tied 1-1) 9 p.m. TNT
Sept. 7 Game 3 9 p.m. TNT
Sept. 9 Game 4 9 p.m. ESPN
Sept. 11 Game 5 TBD TNT
Sept. 13 Game 6* TBD ESPN
Sept. 15 Game 7* TBD ESPN

*if necessary

Eastern Conference first round results

(1) Bucks vs. (8) Magic: Milwaukee wins series, 4-1

  • Game 1: Magic 122, Bucks 110
  • Game 2: Bucks 111, Magic 96
  • Game 3: Bucks 121, Magic 107
  • Game 4: Bucks 121, Magic 106
  • Game 5: Bucks 118, Magic 104

(2) Raptors vs. (7) Nets: Toronto wins series, 4-0

  • Game 1: Raptors 134, Nets 110
  • Game 2: Raptors 104, Nets 99
  • Game 3: Raptors 117, Nets 92
  • Game 4: Raptors 150, Nets 122

(3) Celtics vs. (6) 76ers: Boston wins series, 4-0

  • Game 1: Celtics 109, 76ers 101
  • Game 2: Celtics 128, 76ers 101
  • Game 3: Celtics 102, 76ers 94
  • Game 4: Celtics 110, 76ers 106

(4) Pacers vs. (5) Heat: Miami wins series, 4-0

  • Game 1: Heat 113, Pacers 101
  • Game 2: Heat 109, Pacers 100
  • Game 3: Heat 124, Pacers 115
  • Game 4: Heat 99, Pacers 87

Western Conference first round results

(1) Lakers vs. (8) Trail Blazers: Los Angeles wins series, 4-1

  • Game 1: Trail Blazers 100, Lakers 93
  • Game 2: Lakers 111, Trail Blazers 88
  • Game 3: Lakers 116, Trail Blazers 108
  • Game 4: Lakers 135, Trail Blazers 115
  • Game 5: Lakers 131, Trail Blazers 122

(2) Clippers vs. (7) Mavericks: Los Angeles wins series, 4-2

  • Game 1: Clippers 118, Mavericks 110
  • Game 2: Mavericks 127, Clippers 114
  • Game 3: Clippers 130, Mavericks 122
  • Game 4: Mavericks 135, Clippers 133
  • Game 5: Clippers 154, Mavericks 111
  • Game 6: Clippers 111, Mavericks 97

(3) Nuggets vs. (6) Jazz: Denver wins series, 4-3

  • Game 1: Nuggets 135, Jazz 125
  • Game 2: Jazz 124, Nuggets 105
  • Game 3: Jazz 124, Nuggets 87
  • Game 4: Jazz 129, Nuggets 127
  • Game 5: Nuggets 117, Jazz 107
  • Game 6: Nuggets 119, Jazz 107
  • Game 7: Nuggets 80, Jazz 78

(4) Rockets vs. (5) Thunder: Houston wins series, 4-3

  • Game 1: Rockets 123, Thunder 108
  • Game 2: Rockets 111, Thunder 98
  • Game 3: Thunder 119, Rockets 107
  • Game 4: Thunder 117, Rockets 114
  • Game 5: Rockets 114, Thunder 80
  • Game 6: Thunder 104, Rockets 100
  • Game 7: Rockets 104, Thunder 102

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