Mar, 5, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE
Saturday is when the 2012 NBA playoffs begin, and with the quarterfinals' three biggest series on deck for that day, it'll feel like they're in full swing.
The 2012 NBA playoffs will begin on Saturday, with the No. 1 seeded Chicago Bulls embarking on their second straight attempt to make good on having the NBA's best regular season record. But the Bulls won't be the only NBA title contenders in action on Saturday.
Chicago's Game 1 of its Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers will tip off at 1 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, but the Miami Heat will meet the New York Knicks in the next game on the schedule at 3:30 p.m., and the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks will tussle in the Western Conference's premier quarterfinals series in the day's nightcap at 9:30 p.m. Eastern.
Sunday's slate is a bit more sedate: the San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz open the day, the Los Angeles Lakers get the prime afternoon slot for their clash with the Denver Nuggets, and the Memphis Grizzlies get their first crack at the upstart Los Angeles Clippers in the day's final game.
Here's the full schedule of Game 1s in the 2012 NBA playoffs.
Saturday, April 28
No. 1 Chicago Bulls vs. No. 8 Philadelphia 76ers
1 p.m. Eastern, Saturday, April 28, TNT -- Game 1, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals | Series tied, 0-0
No. 2 Miami Heat vs. No. 7 New York Knicks
3:30 p.m. Eastern, Saturday, April 28, ABC -- Game 1, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals | Series tied, 0-0
No. 2 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 7 Dallas Mavericks
9:30 p.m. Eastern, ESPN -- Game 1, Western Conference Quarterfinals | Series tied, 0-0
Sunday, April 29
No. 1 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 8 Utah Jazz
1 p.m. Eastern, ESPN -- Game 1, Western Conference Quarterfinals | Series tied, 0-0
No. 3 Los Angeles Lakers vs. No. 6 Denver Nuggets
3:30 p.m. Eastern, ESPN -- Game 1, Western Conference Quarterfinals | Series tied, 0-0
No. 4 Memphis Grizzlies vs. No. 5 Los Angeles Clippers
9:30 p.m. Eastern, TNT -- Game 1, Western Conference Quarterfinals | Series tied, 0-0
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