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NBA playoff schedule 2017: Matchups and dates for the postseason

The postseason begins on Saturday

NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets
MVP candidates James Harden and Russell Westbrook will meet in the first round of the NBA playoffs, with the No. 3 seed Houston Rockets facing the No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder.
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The 2017 NBA regular season is complete, and the playoff matchups are now all set, with a few final details ironed out on Wednesday.

The Boston Celtics won to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time since 2008. In the first round, Boston will battle the Chicago Bulls, who clinched the No. 8 seed with a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

The Indiana Pacers also punched their playoff ticket on Wednesday, clinching the No. 7 seed and earning them a matchup with the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

The final thing decided in the Western Conference on Wednesday was home court advantage in the No. 4 vs. No. 5 matchup, secured by the Los Angeles Clippers with a win. The Clippers will open their first-round series against the Utah Jazz at in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Among the intriguing series in the Western Conference is the No. 3 Houston Rockets facing the No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder, with leading NBA MVP candidates James Harden and Russell Westbrook battling each other.

The NBA playoffs begin with four games on Saturday. Here is the complete first-round schedule. All times Eastern.

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Boston Celtics vs. No. 8 Chicago Bulls

Game 1: Sunday at Boston, 6:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 2: Tuesday at Boston, 8 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3: Apr. 21 at Chicago, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 4: Apr. 23 at Chicago, 6:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 5*: Apr. 26 at Boston
Game 6*: Apr. 28 at Chicago
Game 7*: Apr. 30 at Boston

No. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. No. 7 Indiana Pacers

Game 1: Saturday at Cleveland, 3 p.m. (ABC)
Game 2: Monday at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3: Thursday at Indiana, 7 p.m. (TNT)
Game 4: Apr. 23 at Indiana, 1 p.m. (ABC)
Game 5*: Apr. 25 at Cleveland
Game 6*: Apr. 27 at Indiana
Game 7*: Apr. 29 at Cleveland

No. 3 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 6 Milwaukee Bucks

Game 1: Saturday at Toronto, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 2: Tuesday at Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Game 3: Thursday at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
Game 4: Apr. 22 at Milwaukee, 3 p.m. (TNT)
Game 5*: Apr. 24 at Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Game 6*: Apr. 27 at Milwaukee
Game 7*: Apr. 29 at Toronto

No. 4 Washington Wizards vs. No. 5 Atlanta Hawks

Game 1: Sunday at Washington, 1 p.m. (TNT)
Game 2: Wednesday at Washington, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Game 3: Apr. 22 at Atlanta, 5:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 4: Apr. 24 at Atlanta, 8 p.m. (TNT)
Game 5*: Apr. 26 at Washington
Game 6*: Apr. 28 at Atlanta
Game 7*: Apr. 30 at Washington

Western Conference

No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 8 Portland Trail Blazers

Game 1: Sunday at Golden State, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Game 2: Wednesday at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3: Apr. 22 at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 4: Apr. 24 at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 5*: Apr. 26 at Golden State
Game 6*: Apr. 28 at Portland
Game 7*: Apr. 30 at Golden State

No. 2 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 7 Memphis Grizzlies

Game 1: Saturday at San Antonio, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 2: Monday at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3: Thursday at Memphis, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 4: Apr. 22 at Memphis, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 5*: Apr. 25 at San Antonio
Game 6*: Apr. 27 at Memphis
Game 7*: Apr. 29 at San Antonio

No. 3 Houston Rockets vs. No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder

Game 1: Sunday at Houston, 9 p.m. (TNT)
Game 2: Wednesday at Houston, 8 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3: Apr. 21 at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 4: Apr. 23 at Oklahoma City, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Game 5*: Apr. 25 at Houston
Game 6*: Apr. 27 at Oklahoma City
Game 7*: Apr. 29 at Houston

No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz

Game 1: Saturday at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 2: Tuesday at Los Angeles. 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3: Apr. 21 at Utah, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 4: Apr. 23 at Utah, 9 p.m. (TNT)
Game 5*: Apr. 25 at Los Angeles
Game 6*: Apr. 28 at Utah
Game 7*: Apr. 30 at Los Angeles

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