2018 NBA playoff previews: Matchups, schedules, series outlooks

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The 2017-18 NBA regular season has come to an end. Here’s a look at which teams are facing off in the opening round of the playoffs.
USA TODAY Sports

If the playoffs are anything like the wild finish to the regular season, hold on. 

It took an overtime play-in win just to determine the Western Conference playoff teams, and little was settled outside of the top two seeds in the East heading into Wednesday’s season finale. 

But now that we have the sixteen teams, it’s on. The NBA’s second season officially begins on Saturday afternoon.

(All times Eastern)

Eastern Conference

Toronto Raptors (1) vs. Washington Wizards (8)

Game 1 — Wizards at Raptors, Saturday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Game 2 — Wizards at Raptors, Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

Game 3 — Raptors at Wizards, Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Game 4 — Raptors at Wizards, Sunday, April 22 at 6 p.m. (TNT)

Game 5 (if necessary) —Wizards at

Article source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2018/04/12/2018-nba-playoff-previews-matchups-series-outlooks/509675002/

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