2021 NBA Playoffs Round 1: Schedule, live stream, results and series previews

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NBA Playoffs

There will be a pair of important game twos on the docket in the 2021 NBA playoffs tonight as the Milwaukee Bucks face off against the Miami Heat in hopes of going 2-0 at home to open the playoffs. The Denver Nuggets were upset in their first game with the Portland Trailblazers and they’ll try to reclaim home court in the late game on TNT tonight.

NBA Playoffs viewing guide

TV: TNT, ESPN, ABC, NBA TV
Live stream: SilverandBlack.TV

Eastern Conference Preview

Philadelphia 76ers (1) vs. Washington Wizards (8)

Philadelphia leads the series 1-0 after a 125-118 Game 1 win. Game 2 is tonight in Philadelphia on NBA TV before the series moves to Washington, D.C. for Game Three on Saturday.

Tobias Harris was a force in Game 1, finishing with 37 points, 28 of which came in the first half. While Ben Simmons struggled on offense, he was able to contribute 15 rebounds and 15 assists that made a big difference in the game.

”He created so many points for us,” coach Doc Rivers said.

Washington had an upset on their mind in the first game, but couldn’t execute down the stretch. Still, the fact that the Wizards are back in the playoffs after a two-year absence is a win in itself, especially after they made short work of the Indiana Pacers in the play-in tournament.

New York Knicks (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks (5)

The Hawks played spoiler in the first game, stealing home-court advantage in Game 1 with a tightly contested 107-105 win at Madison Square Garden. Game 2 is tonight also in New York and Game 3 will be on Friday in Atlanta.

Trae Young silenced the MSG crowd in Game 1 with his game-winner with 0.9 seconds remaining in the game. It was a bucket that was part of a big fourth quarter for young as he scored 13 points in the quarter.

“Game 2, as I’ve said to our guys, is going to be even crazier. The intensity is going to go up a lot. We have to be ready for that,” Atlanta coach Nate McMillan said. “I didn’t know if I was really hearing what they were saying. I hadn’t heard that in an arena before, not from the whole building.

“I thought Trae did a good job of blocking out the noise, which you have to do. … It didn’t seem like it impacted him at all. He was able to stay focused on what he had to do out there on the floor and able to get a win.”

The Knicks will need to see Julius Randle perform much better to avoid going to Atlanta down 0-2.  He had just 15 points in the game, knocking down just six of 23 shot attempts.

Milwaukee Bucks (3) vs. Miami Heat (6)

In-Game 1 of the series, the Bucks needed overtime to secure a 109-107 win. Khris Middleton, as he has done many times before, stepped up and knocked down the game-winning bucket with just 0.5 seconds remaining.

“He’s just always so level,” teammate Brook Lopez said. “Obviously, first game of the playoffs, everybody’s amped up. Big game. This could have been a preseason game to him. I think he would have been the same way in the moment, shooting the ball and everything.”

Aside from knocking down the game-winning bucket, Middleton led the Bucks with 27 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Giannis Antetokounmpo chipped in with 26 points and 18 big rebounds.

With Giannis’ rebounds and the Bucks’ starting backcourt finishing with double digits in rebounds, the Bucks easily won the battle of the boards.

For Miami, they go back to the drawing board as they are now down 0-2 as the series shifts to Miami.

Brooklyn Nets (2) vs. Boston Celtics (7)

With the first-round series between the Nets and the Celtics going to Boston for Games 3 and 4, Boston will desperately need to protect their home court in order to avoid a quick series loss. They are down in the series 0-2.

Game 3 is on Friday at TD Garden. So far the playoff series is going very similarly to the regular-season series for Brooklyn. They won Game 1 104-92 and had their way in Game 2 130-108.

Brooklyn’s big three of Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant have been tough to stop for Boston. But when Joe Harriss scores 25 and Blake Griffin also scores 11 points, the Nets are becoming quite the juggernaut that even a standout defensive team like Boston is struggling with.

Boston’s star forward Jayson Tatum put up just nine points in Game 2 and the second unit was pretty much non-existent. Boston has plenty to work on before Friday if they want to flip the script on this series.

Western Conference Preview

Utah Jazz (1) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (8)

The Memphis Grizzlies needed to sweep the play-in tournament, and did so by beating the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors. But they apparently weren’t done winning. Memphis looked to be overmatched as they are the number eight seed going against the top-seeded Utah Jazz.

The Grizzlies upset the Jazz in Game 1 via a 112-109 win and are proving to be a resilient team. But they’ll have an even bigger challenge in Game 2 as Donovan Mitchell is expected to return to the lineup for Game 2 tonight on TNT.

“I felt like I should have played. It’s no secret,” he said. “At the end of the day, the experts said no. We can disagree on those things, but that was the frustration.

“The biggest thing for us is moving forward. We lost Game 1, and we’ve got (stuff) to handle.”

Look for Memphis’ Dillon Brooks to get the assignment of Mitchell. He performed well in defending DeMar DeRozan and Stephen Curry in the play-in tournament.

Los Angeles Clippers (4) vs. Dallas Mavericks (5)

So much for home-court advantage for the Los Angeles Clippers. Their home court of the Staples Center has provided zero advantage as the Dallas Mavericks have taken early control of the series with a 2-0 lead. The Clippers’ proverbial backs are now up against the wall with the series shifting to Dallas.

Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Co. will be desperate to get a win in Dallas to try to get back into this series as the series resumes on Friday night.

Dallas won Game 1 113-103 and won Game 2 127-121 with Luka Doncic and Tim Hardaway leading the way. Doncic had 39 points in the game.

While Kawhi Leonard scored 41 and Paul George had 28 points, the rest of the supporting cast hasn’t done enough to secure a win in the series. The Clippers also need to find a way to defend Doncic who is averaging 35 points per game.

Denver Nuggets (3) vs. Portland Trailblazers (6)

In a surprising win, Portland cruised to a 123-109 Game 1 win over the Nuggets on Saturday night.

The Blazers were hot behind the arch, shooting nearly 50 percent on three-point attempts, and Denver struggled to defend on the perimeter.

In Game 2, Denver evened the score as the Nuggets won 128-109 on their home court.

Game 3 is scheduled for tomorrow night in Portland. Portland will be hoping playing on their home court will allow them to find the same success they had in Game 1.

As has been the case in some other series, Damian Lillard came up bug with 42 points in Game 2 and CJ McCollum had 21, but aside from Norman Powell, no one else brought much to the table offensively in Game 2.

Denver has a similar issue in Game 1, but Nikola Jokic’s 38 points, along with Michael Porter Jr. scoring 18, and Aaron Gordon, finishing with 13 points changed the game, along with some double-digit scoring off the bench.

Phoenix Suns (2) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (7)

The Los Angeles Lakers will enter Game 3 tomorrow in their own building as the next two games are in Staples Center. Getting at least one win in Phoenix was very important and now they’ll hope Staples will provide the kind of home-court advantage that hasn’t been the case for the Clippers.

After losing Game 1 to the Suns 90-99, they got the win in Game 2 last night 109-102. Anthony Davis finally looked like the Anthony Davis we’ve become accustomed to as he finished with 34 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. Dennis Schroeder had 24 points and LeBron James chipped in 23 points in the win.

The Suns had big games from Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton, but MVP candidate Chris Paul played just 23 minutes and finished with six points and five assists. Cameron Payne played well in a reserve role, but the Suns need more scoring from much more than their two best players in order to come back to P

2021 NBA Playoffs schedule (1st Round): Local TV Listing and Viewing guide

GameTime (ET)Local ChannelNational/ Live StreamVenue
Monday, May 24
Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks7:30 PMBally Sports WI+, Bally Sports SunTNTFiserv Forum
Milwaukee, WI
Portland Trail Blazers vs
Denver Nuggets
10:00 PMAltitude, NBC Sports NorthwestTNTBall Arena
Denver, CO
May 25
Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets7:30 PMWPIX, NBC Sports BostonTNTBarclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns10:00 PMBally Sports AZ, Spectrum SportsNetTNTPhoenix Suns Arena
Phoenix, AZ
Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers10:30 PMBally Sports, SoCal, Bally Sports SW-DALNBA TVSTAPLES Center
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, May 26
Washington Wizards vs Philadelphia 76ers7:00NBC Sports PhiladelpNBC Sports WashingtoNBA TVWells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, PA
Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks7:30 PMNBC Sports PhiladelpNBC Sports WashingtoTNTMadison Square Garden
New York, NY
Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz10:30 PMAT&T Sportsnet - RocBally Sports SE-MEMTNTVivint Arena
Salt Lake City, UT
Thursday, May 27
Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat7:30 PMBally Sports Sun, Bally Sports WITNTAmericanAirlines Arena
Miami, FL
Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers10:00 PMSpectrum SportsNet, Bally Sports AZTNTSTAPLES Center
Los Angeles, CA
Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers10:30 OMNBC Sports NorthwestAltitudeNBA TVModa Center
Portland, OR
Friday May 28
New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks7:00 PMBally Sports SE-ATL, MSGESPNState Farm Arena
Atlanta, GA
Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics8:30 PMNBC Sports BostonYES2ABCTD Garden
Boston, MA
LA Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks9:30 PMBally Sports SW-DAL, Bally Sports SoCalESPNAmerican Airlines Center
Dallas, TX
Saturday, May 29
Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat1:30 PMBally Sports Sun, Bally Sports WITNTAmericanAirlines Arena
Miami, FL
Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trail Blazers4:00 PMNBC Sports NorthwestAltitudeTNTModa Center
Portland, OR
Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards7:00 PMNBC Sports Washing, NBC Sports PhiladelpESPNCapital One Arena
Washington, DC
Utah Jazz vs Memphis Grizzlies9:30 PMNBC Sports WashingtoNBC Sports PhiladelpESPNFedExForum
Memphis, TN
Sunday may 30
New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks1:00 PMABCABCSTAPLES Center
Los Angeles, CA
Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers3:30 PMABCABCTD Garden
Boston, MA
Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics7:30 PMNBC Sports BostonTNTTD Garden Boston, MA
LA Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks9:30 PMBally Sports SW-DAL, Bally Sports TNTAmerican Airlines Center
Dallas, TX
Monday May 31
Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports PhiladelpTNTCapital One Arena Washington, DC
Utah Jazz vs Memphis Grizzlies9:30 pmBally Sports, SE-MEMAT&T Sportsnet - RocTNTFedExForum Memphis, TN

2021 NBA playoff bracket, Scores & Results

Yes, the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs looks wild on paper, and things should only get crazier as teams take the floor for their best-of-seven series

Estern Conference 1st Round Results 
(1) 76ers vs. (8) WizardsPhiladelphia leads 1-0
(2) Nets vs. (7) CelticsBrooklyn leads 1-0
(3) Bucks vs. (6) HeatMilwaukee leads 1-0
(4) Knicks vs. (5) HawksAtlanta leads 1-0
Western Conference 1st Round Results
(1) Jazz vs. (8) GrizzliesMemphis leads 1-0
(2) Suns vs. (7) LakersPhoenix leads 1-0
(3) Nuggets vs. (6) Trail BlazersPortland leads 1-0
(4) Clippers vs. (5) MavericksDallas leads 1-0

The NBA tweeted out the finalized bracket for the upcoming postseason: