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NBA playoff games today 2020: Live scores, TV schedule & more to watch Monday's matchups in bubble

Jordan Greer

Welcome to March Madness, NBA style.

The league’s 2020 playoff schedule will be filled with afternoon and evening games throughout the first round as teams attempt to survive and advance inside the league’s “bubble” at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. It’s a dream scenario for hoops fans, but a challenging road for the players involved.

Wondering which games are on today’s slate? You’ve come to the right place.

Here’s everything to know about watching NBA playoff games, including a complete TV schedule updated with start times and channels for every series.

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

NBA games today

Here’s the full schedule of NBA playoff games for Monday, Aug. 31:

Aug. 31 schedule

Heat vs. Bucks (Game 1)6:30 p.m.TNT
Rockets vs. Thunder (Game 6)9 p.m.TNT

Check out SN’s live scoreboard for stats and more.

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

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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 2020

(All times Eastern)

Sept. 1

Celtics vs. Raptors (Game 2)5:30 p.m.ESPN
Jazz vs. Nuggets (Game 7)8:30 p.m.ABC

Sept. 2

Heat vs. Bucks (Game 2)6:30 p.m.ESPN
Thunder vs. Rockets (Game 7*)9 p.m.ESPN

Sept. 3

Raptors vs. Celtics (Game 3)6:30 p.m.TNT

Sept. 4

Bucks vs. Heat (Game 3)TBDTBD

Sept. 5

Raptors vs. Celtics (Game 4)TBDTBD

Sept. 6

Bucks vs. Heat (Game 4)TBDTBD

Sept. 7

Celtics vs. Raptors (Game 5*)TBDTBD

Sept. 8

Heat vs. Bucks (Game 5*)TBDTBD

Sept. 9

Raptors vs. Celtics (Game 6*)TBDTBD

Sept. 10

Bucks vs. Heat (Game 6*)TBDTBD

Sept. 11

Celtics vs. Raptors (Game 7*)TBDTBD

Sept. 12

Heat vs. Bucks (Game 7*)TBDTBD

*if necessary

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