NBA Playoffs 2022 – Complete First Round Matchups, Schedules and News

The NBA postseason is here and shaping up to be an open pursuit of the 2022 title.

The Phoenix Suns walked away with the league’s best regular season record — eight games ahead of the second-best Memphis Grizzlies. Devin Booker, Chris Paul and the reigning Western Conference champions are on a mission to redeem themselves after last season’s six-game Finals loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Plenty of Western contenders stand in the way of the Suns, including Ja Morant and the Grizzlies, MVP favorite Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets, and the Golden State Warriors making the playoffs for the first time since reaching the Finals in 2019 .

In the East, defending champions Bucks are the 3-seed in a conference full of minutes — top-seeded Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers were separated by just two games in last regular-season standings.

And the Brooklyn Nets, who needed the play-in tournament to win the 7-seed, have the star power to shake up the playoff bracket.

Here’s all the information you need for every first-round matchup, including schedules, news and series-by-series analysis.

MORE: Things to know about the 16 teams battling for the title

EASTERN CONFERENCE


Game 1: Atlanta vs. Miami | Sunday, April 17 (1pm ET, TNT)
Game 2: Atlanta vs. Miami | Tue, April 19 (TBD)
Game 3: Miami vs. Atlanta | Friday, April 22 (TBD, ESPN)
Game 4: Miami vs. Atlanta | Sunday, April 24 (7pm ET, TNT)
Game 5*: Atlanta vs. Miami | Tue, April 26 (TBD)
Game 6*: Miami vs. Atlanta | Thu, April 28 (TBD)
Game 7*: Atlanta vs. Miami | Saturday April 30 (TBD, TNT)

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Kendrick Perkins discusses the reasons he believes the Miami Heat are title contenders.


Game 1: Brooklyn vs. Boston | Sunday, April 17 (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
Game 2: Brooklyn vs. Boston | Wednesday, April 20 (7pm ET, TNT)
Game 3: Boston vs. Brooklyn | Saturday, April 23 (TBD, ESPN)
Game 4: Boston vs. Brooklyn | Mon, April 25 (TBD)
Game 5*: Brooklyn vs. Boston | Wed, April 27 (TBD)
Game 6*: Boston vs. Brooklyn | Friday April 29 (TBD)
Game 7*: Brooklyn vs. Boston | Sun May 1st (TBD)

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Jayson Tatum frees 31 points to lead the Celtics to No. 2 in the East after defeating the Grizzlies.


Game 1: Chicago vs. Milwaukee | Sunday, April 17 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
Game 2: Chicago vs. Milwaukee | Wednesday, April 20 (9:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
Game 3: Milwaukee vs. Chicago | Friday, April 22 (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
Game 4: Milwaukee vs. Chicago | Sunday, April 24 (1 p.m. ET, ABC)
Game 5*: Chicago vs. Milwaukee | Wed, April 27 (TBD)
Game 6*: Milwaukee vs. Chicago | Friday April 29 (TBD)
Game 7*: Chicago vs. Milwaukee | Sun May 1st (TBD)

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Giannis Antetokounmpo with the and-1 bucket


Game 1: Toronto vs Philadelphia | Saturday, April 16 (6 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Game 2: Toronto vs Philadelphia | Mon, April 18 (7:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
Game 3: Philadelphia vs. Toronto | Wed, Apr. 20 (8pm ET, NBATV)
Game 4: Philadelphia vs. Toronto | Saturday, April 23 (2 p.m. ET, TNT)
Game 5*: Toronto vs Philadelphia | Mon, April 25 (TBD)
Game 6*: Philadelphia vs. Toronto | Thu, April 28 (TBD)
Game 7*: Toronto vs Philadelphia | Saturday April 30 (TBD, TNT)

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Joel Embiid has a 41-point double-double in a 133-120 win over the Pacers.

WESTERN CONFERENCE


Game 1: New Orleans vs. Phoenix | Sunday, April 17 (9pm ET, TNT)
Game 2: New Orleans vs. Phoenix | Tue, April 19 (10pm ET, TNT)
Game 3: Phoenix vs. New Orleans | Friday, April 22 (TBD, ESPN)
Game 4: Phoenix vs. New Orleans | Sunday, April 24 (9:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
Game 5*: New Orleans vs. Phoenix | Tue, April 26 (TBD)
Game 6*: Phoenix vs. New Orleans | Thu, April 28 (TBD)
Game 7*: New Orleans vs. Phoenix | Saturday April 30 (TBD, TNT)

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Game 1: Minnesota vs. Memphis | Saturday, April 16 (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Game 2: Minnesota vs. Memphis | Tue, April 19 (TBD)
Game 3: Memphis vs. Minnesota | Thu, April 21 (7:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
Game 4: Memphis vs. Minnesota | Saturday, April 23 (TBD, ESPN)
Game 5*: Minnesota vs. Memphis | Tue, April 26 (TBD)
Game 6*: Memphis vs. Minnesota | Friday April 29 (TBD)
Game 7*: Minnesota vs. Memphis | Sun May 1st (TBD)

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Game 1: Denver vs. Golden State | Saturday, April 16 (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
Game 2: Denver vs. Golden State | Mon, April 18 (10pm ET, TNT)
Game 3: Golden State vs. Denver | Thu, April 21 (10pm ET, TNT)
Game 4: Golden State vs. Denver | Sunday, April 24 (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
Game 5*: Denver vs. Golden State | Wed, April 27 (TBD)
Game 6*: Golden State vs. Denver | Friday April 29 (TBD)
Game 7*: Denver vs. Golden State | Sun May 1st (TBD)

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Game 1: Utah vs. Dallas | Saturday, April 16 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Game 2: Utah vs. Dallas | Mon, April 18 (8:30 p.m. ET, NBATV)
Game 3: Dallas vs. Utah | Thu, April 21 (9pm ET, NBATV)
Game 4: Dallas vs. Utah | Saturday, April 23 (4:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
Game 5*: Utah vs. Dallas | Mon, April 25 (TBD)
Game 6*: Dallas vs. Utah | Thu, April 28 (TBD)
Game 7*: Utah vs. Dallas | Saturday April 30 (TBD, TNT)

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