NBA Playoffs 2013, Heat vs. Bulls series schedule

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The NBA has announced the start times for the first four games of the series.

The NBA has announced start times and dates for Games 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the much-anticipated series between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls. Start times for Games 5, 6 and 7, if necessary, will be determined at a later date by the league.

Game 1 is set for Monday night at 7 p.m. ET. Fans can catch the action on TNT. Game 2 will be played Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. and will be on TNT once again.

Game 3, which will shift the series from Miami to Chicago, is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday, May 10. ESPN will televise the game. Game 4 will be played on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m., with TNT picking up the coverage once again.

Game 5, if necessary, will be played on Wednesday, May 15. Game 6 is set for Friday, May 17, with the decisive Game 7 scheduled for Sunday, May 19.

The Heat begin the series as heavy favorites to not only knock off the Bulls, but to win the NBA title outright. LeBron James is playing the best basketball of his career, while Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh continue to be incredibly efficient on both ends of the floor. It's tough to imagine Chicago hanging around for too long in this series, especially with a fatigued roster that just needed seven hard-fought games to win the conference quarterfinals.

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