The top-seeded Indiana Pacers had the Washington Wizards wondering for a few days whether they could earn homecourt advantage in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. It took just five games for the Wizards to dispatch the Chicago Bulls in one of the three first round series that didn't stretch a full seven games.
Finally, Indiana finished off the pesky Atlanta Hawks in a Game 7, and the conference semifinals matchup was set.
Through three regular season meetings, Indiana finished with a 2-1 record against Washington — all three winners scored in the low 90s, but it's hard to tell what to expect considering the Pacers' turmoil to close out the season and sneak by the Hawks. And Washington can say it isn't the same green team Frank Vogel's squad saw in the regular season after its impressive series against the Bulls.
The Pacers host the Wizards on Monday to open their series, and from there the teams will continue forward with a 2-2-1-1-1 home-and-away format. Here's a look at the dates, times and TV broadcasts for the entire series.
Game 1: May 5 @ Indiana, 7:00 p.m. (TNT)
Game 2: May 7 @ Indiana, 7:00 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3: May 9 @ Washington, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 4: May 11 @ Washington, 8:00 p.m. (TNT)
Game 5 *: May 13 @ Indiana, TBD (TNT)
Game 6 *: May 15 @Washington, TBD (ESPN)
Game 7 *: May 18 @ Indiana, TBD (TBD)