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2024 NBA Playoffs Bracket: Schedule, matchups and scores for Second Round

The first round of the NBA playoffs lived up to the hype: The Knicks and 76ers beat each other up for six dramatic games, while the Lakers pushed the defending champs and the Nuggets’ Jamal Murray pushed back with a couple of game-winning shots.

Now things get serious as we move onto the postseason’s second round. Let’s look at the second round of the playoffs: The bracket, the schedule, and as they come in we will have the scores updated here as well. Let’s break it all down.

When do the NBA Finals begin?

The NBA Finals tip off June 6, with the first game at the home of the team with the better regular-season record (Boston has the best record overall in the league and would have home court against anyone in the Finals).

The remainder of the NBA Finals games are: Game 2 June 9; Game 3 June 12, Game 4 June 14, Game 5 June 17, Game 6 June 20 and Game 7 June 23 (games 5-7 are if necessary).

NBA Eastern Conference, Western Conference playoff bracket

NBA Playoffs Schedule 2024

All times are Eastern (* = if necessary).

Eastern Conference

#1 Boston vs. Cleveland

Game 1: Boston 120, Cleveland 95 (Celtics lead 1-0)
Game 2: Cleveland 118, Boston 94 (Series tied 1-1)
Game 3: Boston 106, Cleveland 93 (Celtics lead 2-1)
Game 4: Boston 109, Cleveland 102 (Celtics lead 3-1)
Game 5: Boston 113, Cleveland 98 (Celtics win series 4-1)

#2 New York vs. #6 Indiana

Game 1: New York 121, Indiana 117 (Knicks lead 1-0)
Game 2: New York 130, Indiana 121 (Knicks lead 2-0)
Game 3: Indiana 111, New York 106 (Knicks lead 2-1)
Game 4: Indiana 121, New York 89 (series tied 2-2)
Game 5: New York 121, Indiana 91 (Knicks lead 3-2)
Game 6: Indiana 116, New York 103 (series tied 3-3)
Game 7: Pacers at Knicks, May 19 (3:30 ET, ABC)

Western Conference

#1 Oklahoma City vs. #5 Dallas

Game 1: Oklahoma City 117, Dallas 95 (Thunder lead 1-0)
Game 2: Dallas 119, Oklahoma City 110 (Series tied 1-1)
Game 3: Dallas 105, Oklahoma City 101 (Mavericks lead 2-1)
Game 4: Oklahoma City 100, Dallas 96 (series tied 2-2)
Game 5: Dallas 104, Oklahoma City 92 (Mavericks lead 3-2)
Game 6: Thunder at Mavericks, May 18 (8 ET, ABC)
Game 7: Mavericks at Thunder, May 20 (8:30 ET, TNT)*

#2 Denver at #3 Minnesota

Game 1: Minnesota 106, Denver 99 (Timberwolves lead 1-0)
Game 2: Minnesota 106, Denver 80 (Timberwolves lead 2-0)
Game 3: Denver 117, Minnesota 90 (Timberwolves lead 2-1)
Game 4: Denver 115, Minnesota 107 (series tied 2-2)
Game 5: Denver 112, Minnesota 97 (Nuggets lead 3-2)
Game 6: Minnesota 115, Denver 70 (series tied 3-3)
Game 7: Timberwolves at Nuggets, May 18 (8 ET, TNT)

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