NBA playoff schedule 2013: Celtics-Knicks open postseason Saturday afternoon

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Boston and New York will be featured on ABC in the playoffs' opening game. Celtics-Knicks, Spurs-Lakers and Thunder-Rockets get most featured slots.

The NBA Playoffs will arrive on Saturday, and ESPN/ABC, TNT and NBA TV will provide complete coverage of the entire postseason. There are quite a few intriguing matchups, and the league and its TV partners are good at throwing the appropriate amount of televised heft behind each series based on what they think their ratings potential is.

For example, the Celtics-Knicks series is easily the most-highlighted series out of the eight first round sets, with two showcases on ABC in the afternoon, including the first game of the postseason this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. Oklahoma City/Houston, with its James Harden storyline, gets full primetime treatment on TNT. Atlanta/Indiana will feature a game on NBA TV -- usually reserved for the less intriguing Eastern Conference series -- while Miami/Milwaukee will be on both NBA TV and ABC within the first week. That's also totally perfect, since the Bucks aren't really a draw... but they also face LeBron and co.

The NBA Playoffs have an odd scheduling format, with the first four games of each series being dragged out throughout the first nine or 10 days, and then the last three in an every other day format. It's also odd in how the TV partners handle it. TNT takes Monday-Thursday, some Saturday games and Sunday night. ESPN gets Friday nights and a Saturday tripleheader on the opening night of the postseason. ABC gets the Celtics-Knicks opener and the two Sundays that follow.

Games five and onward, and in some cases four and onward, of each series will have a TBD next to them because they'll be assigned a game time and network based on which series have finished by the time those games happen. We'll update this post throughout the opening round to keep it current with all the latest TV information.

Saturday, April 20

Boston vs. New York, Game 1, 3 p.m. ET (ABC)

Golden State vs. Denver, Game 1, 5:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Chicago vs. Brooklyn, Game 1, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Memphis vs. LA Clippers, Game 1, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Sunday, April 21

Atlanta vs. Indiana, Game 1, 1 p.m. ET (TNT)

LA Lakers vs. San Antonio, Game 1, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Milwaukee vs. Miami, Game 1, 7 p.m. ET (TNT)

Houston vs. Oklahoma City, Game 1, 9:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Monday, April 22

Chicago vs. Brooklyn, Game 2, 8 p.m. ET (TNT)

Memphis vs. LA Clippers, Game 2, 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Tuesday, April 23

Milwaukee vs. Miami, Game 2, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)

Boston vs. New York, Game 2, 8 p.m. ET (TNT)

Golden State vs. Denver, Game 2, 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Wednesday, April 24

Houston vs. Oklahoma City, Game 2, 7 p.m. ET (TNT)

Atlanta vs. Indiana, Game 2, 7:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

LA Lakers vs. San Antonio, Game 2, 9:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Thursday, April 25

Miami vs. Milwaukee, Game 3, 7 p.m. ET (TNT)

Brooklyn vs. Chicago, Game 3, 8:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

LA Clippers vs. Memphis, Game 3, 9:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Friday, April 26

New York vs. Boston, Game 3, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

San Antonio vs. LA Lakers, Game 3, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Denver vs. Golden State, Game 3, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Saturday, April 27

Brooklyn vs. Chicago, Game 4, 2 p.m. ET (TNT)

LA Clippers vs. Memphis, Game 4, 4:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Indiana vs. Atlanta, Game 3, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Oklahoma City vs. Houston, Game 3, 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Sunday, April 28

New York vs. Boston, Game 4, 1 p.m. ET (ABC)

Miami vs. Milwaukee, Game 4, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

San Antonio vs. LA Lakers, Game 4, 7 p.m. ET (TNT)

Denver vs. Golden State, Game 4, 9:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Monday, April 29

Oklahoma City vs. Houston, Game 4, TBD

Indiana vs. Atlanta, Game 4, TBD

Chicago vs. Brooklyn, Game 5, TBD

Tuesday, April 30

LA Lakers vs. San Antonio, Game 5, TBD

Golden State vs. Denver, Game 5, TBD

Memphis vs. LA Clippers, Game 5, TBD

Milwaukee vs. Miami, Game 5, TBD

Wednesday, May 1

Houston vs. Oklahoma City, Game 5, TBD

Boston vs. New York, Game 5, TBD

Atlanta vs. Indiana, Game 5, TBD

Thursday, May 2

San Antonio vs. LA Lakers, Game 6, TBD

Denver vs. Golden State, Game 6, TBD

Miami vs. Milwaukee, Game 6, TBD

Brooklyn vs. Chicago, Game 6, TBD

Friday, May 3

Oklahoma City vs. Houston, Game 6, TBD

LA Clippers vs. Memphis, Game 6, TBD

New York vs. Boston, Game 6, TBD

Indiana vs. Atlanta, Game 6, TBD

Saturday, May 4

LA Lakers vs. San Antonio, Game 7, TBD (TNT)

Golden State vs. Denver, Game 7, TBD (TNT)

Milwaukee vs. Miami, Game 7, TBD (TNT)

Chicago vs. Brooklyn, Game 7, TBD (TNT)

Sunday, May 5

Houston vs. Oklahoma City, Game 7, TBD

Memphis vs. LA Clippers, Game 7, TBD

Boston vs. New York, Game 7, TBD

Atlanta vs. Indiana, Game 7, TBD

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