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

Jordan Greer

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.

NBA playoff schedule 2020: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series 1
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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

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(1) Bucks vs. (5) Heat

DateGameTime (ET)National TV
Aug. 31Game 16:30 p.m.TNT
Sept. 2Game 2TBDTBD
Sept. 4Game 3TBDTBD
Sept. 6Game 4TBDTBD
Sept. 8Game 5*TBDTBD
Sept. 10Game 6*TBDTBD
Sept. 12Game 7*TBDTBD

*if necessary

(2) Raptors vs. (3) Celtics

DateGameTime (ET)National TV
Aug. 30Celtics 112, Raptors 94 (Boston leads 1-0)1 p.m.ESPN
Sept. 1Game 2TBDTBD
Sept. 3Game 3TBDTBD
Sept. 5Game 4TBDTBD
Sept. 7Game 5*TBDTBD
Sept. 9Game 6*TBDTBD
Sept. 11Game 7*TBDTBD

*if necessary

Eastern Conference first round results

(1) Bucks vs. (8) Magic

DateGameTime (ET)National TV
Aug. 18Magic 122, Bucks 110 (Orlando leads 1-0)1:30 p.m.TNT
Aug. 20Bucks 111, Magic 96 (Series tied 1-1)6 p.m.ESPN
Aug. 22Bucks 121, Magic 107 (Milwaukee leads 2-1)1 p.m.TNT
Aug. 24Bucks 121, Magic 106 (Milwaukee leads 3-1)1:30 p.m.NBA TV
Aug. 29Bucks 118, 104 (Milwaukee wins series 4-1)3:30 p.m.ESPN

(2) Raptors vs. (7) Nets

DateGameTime (ET)National TV
Aug. 17Raptors 134, Nets 110 (Toronto leads 1-0)4 p.m.ESPN
Aug. 19Raptors 104, Nets 99 (Toronto leads 2-0)1:30 p.m.NBA TV
Aug. 21Raptors 117, Nets 92 (Toronto leads 3-0)1:30 p.m.NBA TV
Aug. 23Raptors 150, Nets 122 (Toronto wins series 4-0)6:30 p.m.TNT

(3) Celtics vs. (6) 76ers

DateGameTime (ET)National TV
Aug. 17Celtics 109, 76ers 101 (Boston leads 1-0)6:30 p.m.ESPN
Aug. 19Celtics 128, 76ers 101 (Boston leads 2-0)6:30 p.m.TNT
Aug. 21Celtics 102, 76ers 94 (Boston leads 3-0)6:30 p.m.TNT
Aug. 23Celtics 110, 76ers 106 (Boston wins series 4-0)1 p.m.ABC

(4) Pacers vs. (5) Heat

DateGameTime (ET)National TV
Aug. 18Heat 113, Pacers 101 (Miami leads 1-0)4 p.m.TNT
Aug. 20Heat 109, Pacers 100 (Miami leads 2-0)1 p.m.ESPN
Aug. 22Heat 124, Pacers 115 (Miami leads 3-0)3:30 p.m.TNT
Aug. 24Heat 99, Pacers 87 (Miami wins series 4-0)6:30 p.m.TNT

Western Conference first round results

(1) Lakers vs. (8) Trail Blazers

DateGameTime (ET)National TV
Aug. 18Trail Blazers 100, Lakers 93 (Portland leads 1-0)9 p.m.TNT
Aug. 20Lakers 111, Trail Blazers 88 (Series tied 1-1)9 p.m.ESPN
Aug. 22Lakers 116, Trail Blazers 108 (Los Angeles leads 2-1)8:30 p.m.ABC
Aug. 24Lakers 135, Trail Blazers 115 (Los Angeles leads 3-1)9 p.m.TNT
Aug. 29Lakers 131, Trail Blazers 122 (Los Angeles wins series 4-1)9 p.m.TNT
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(2) Clippers vs. (7) Mavericks

DateGameTime (ET)National TV
Aug. 17Clippers 118, Mavericks 110 (Los Angeles leads 1-0)9 p.m.ESPN
Aug. 19Mavericks 127, Clippers 114 (Series tied 1-1)9 p.m.TNT
Aug. 21Clippers 130, Mavericks 122 (Los Angeles leads 2-1)9 p.m.TNT
Aug. 23Mavericks 135, Clippers 133 (Series tied 2-2)3:30 p.m.ABC
Aug. 25Clippers 154, Mavericks 111 (Los Angeles leads 3-2)9 p.m.TNT
Aug. 30Clippers 111, Mavericks 97 (Los Angeles wins series 4-2)3:30 p.m.ESPN

*if necessary

(3) Nuggets vs. (6) Jazz

DateGameTime (ET)National TV
Aug. 17Nuggets 135, Jazz 125 (Denver leads 1-0)1:30 p.m.ESPN
Aug. 19Jazz 124, Nuggets 105 (Series tied 1-1)4 p.m.TNT
Aug. 21Jazz 124, Nuggets 87 (Utah leads 2-1)4 p.m.TNT
Aug. 23Jazz 129, Nuggets 127 (Utah leads 3-1)9 p.m.TNT
Aug. 25Nuggets 117, Jazz 107 (Utah leads 3-2)6:30 p.m.TNT
Aug. 30Nuggets 119, Jazz 107 (Series tied 3-3)8:30 p.m.TNT
Sept. 1Game 78:30 p.m.ABC

*if necessary

(4) Rockets vs. (5) Thunder

DateGameTime (ET)National TV
Aug. 18Rockets 123, Thunder 108 (Houston leads 1-0)6:30 p.m.TNT
Aug. 20Rockets 111, Thunder 98 (Houston leads 2-0)3:30 p.m.ESPN
Aug. 22Thunder 119, Rockets 107 (Houston leads 2-1)6 p.m.ESPN
Aug. 24Thunder 117, Rockets 114 (Series tied 2-2)4 p.m.TNT
Aug. 29Rockets 114, Thunder 80 (Houston leads 3-2)6:30 p.m.TNT
Aug. 31Game 69 p.m.TNT

*if necessary

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