When do NBA Playoffs start?

The most exciting time of the NBA season is right around the corner. After playing the usual 82 games in the regular season, the 16 best teams will go to the playoffs with only one goal – to win the NBA championship. Eight teams from each conference advanced to the playoffs with the bottom two surviving the play-in tournament. Last season's finalists, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns are some of the top favorites to reach the Finals series but it won't be easy for sure.

When do the NBA Playoffs Start?

The NBA Playoffs start on Saturday, April 16 with the Game 1 of the Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks series. The Minnesota Timberwolves will visit the Memphis Grizzlies later that day while the night session will bring the games Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors.

NBA Play-In Tournament FAQs

Which teams participate in the Play-in tournament?

The NBA Play-In Tournament includes teams with the 7th through 10th-highest winning percentages in each conference. Those teams are Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets from the Eastern Conference and Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs from the Western Conference. If you are wondering when do the NBA Playoffs start we will give you the answer to the question in this article with the complete schedule.

Which teams from the Play-in tournament advance to the NBA Playoffs?

The winners of the games between the teams that finished 7th and 8th in the regular season from both conferences are going to the NBA Playoffs as seventh seeds. The losers from those games will face the winners of the games between the teams that finished 9th and 10th in the conference and the winners of those games will enter the Playoffs as eighth seeds.

When is the 2022 Play-In Tournament?

The Play-in tournament takes place from April 12th to April 15th, 2022.

NBA Playoffs Schedule

First-Round Series:

Eastern Conference

Miami Heat (1) vs. TBD (8)

• Game 1: TBD vs. Miami | Sunday, April 17 | 1 ET
• Game 2: TBD vs. Miami | Tuesday, April 19 | TBD
• Game 3: Miami vs. TBD | Friday, April 22 | TBD
• Game 4: Miami vs. TBD | Sunday, April 24 | 7 ET
• Game 5*: TBD vs. Miami | Tuesday, April 26 | TBD
• Game 6*: Miami vs. TBD | Thursday, April 28 | TBD
• Game 7*: TBD vs. Miami | Saturday, April 30 | TBD

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

• Game 1: Brooklyn vs. Boston | Sunday, April 17 | 3:30 ET
• Game 2: Brooklyn vs. Boston | Wednesday, April 20 | 7 ET
• Game 3: Boston vs. Brooklyn | Saturday, April 23 | TBD
• Game 4: Boston vs. Brooklyn | Monday, April 25 | TBD
• Game 5*: Brooklyn vs. Boston | Wednesday, April 27 | TBD
• Game 6*: Boston vs. Brooklyn | Friday, April 29 | TBD
• Game 7*: Brooklyn vs. Boston | Sunday, May 1 | TBD

Milwaukee Bucks (3) vs. Chicago Bulls (6)

• Game 1: Chicago vs. Milwaukee | Sunday, April 17 | 6:30 ET
• Game 2: Chicago vs. Milwaukee | Wednesday, April 20 | 9:30 ET
• Game 3: Milwaukee vs. Chicago | Friday, April 22 | 8:30 ET
• Game 4: Milwaukee vs. Chicago | Sunday, April 24 | 1 ET
• Game 5*: Chicago vs. Milwaukee | Wednesday, April 27 | TBD
• Game 6*: Milwaukee vs. Chicago | Friday, April 29 | TBD
• Game 7*: Chicago vs. Milwaukee | Sunday, May 1 | TBD

Philadelphia 76ers (4) vs. Toronto Raptors (5)

• Game 1: Toronto vs. Philadelphia | Saturday, April 16 | 6 ET
• Game 2: Toronto vs. Philadelphia | Monday, April 18 | 7:30 ET
• Game 3: Philadelphia vs. Toronto | Wednesday, April 20 | 8 ET
• Game 4: Philadelphia vs. Toronto | Saturday, April 23 | 2 ET
• Game 5*: Toronto vs. Philadelphia | Monday, April 25 | TBD
• Game 6*: Philadelphia vs. Toronto | Thursday, April 28 | TBD
• Game 7*: Toronto vs. Philadelphia | Saturday, April 30 | TBD

Western Conference

Phoenix Suns (1) vs. TBD (8)

• Game 1: TBD vs. Phoenix | Sunday, April 17 | 9 ET
• Game 2: TBD vs. Phoenix | Tuesday, April 19 | 10 ET
• Game 3: Phoenix vs. TBD | Friday, April 22 | TBD
• Game 4: Phoenix vs. TBD | Sunday, April 24 | 9:30 ET
• Game 5*: TBD vs. Phoenix | Tuesday, April 26 | TBD
• Game 6*: Phoenix vs. TBD | Thursday, April 28 | TBD
• Game 7*: TBD vs. Phoenix | Saturday, April 30 | TBD

Memphis Grizzlies (2) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (7)

• Game 1: Minnesota vs. Memphis | Saturday, April 16 | 3:30 ET
• Game 2: Minnesota vs. Memphis | Tuesday, April 19 | TBD
• Game 3: Memphis vs. Minnesota | Thursday, April 21 | 7:30 ET
• Game 4: Memphis vs. Minnesota | Saturday, April 23 | TBD
• Game 5*: Minnesota vs. Memphis | Tuesday, April 26 | TBD
• Game 6*: Memphis vs. Minnesota | Friday, April 29 | TBD
• Game 7*: Minnesota vs. Memphis | Sunday, May 1 | TBD

Golden State Warriors (3) vs. Denver Nuggets (6)

• Game 1: Denver vs. Golden State | Saturday, April 16 | 8:30 ET
• Game 2: Denver vs. Golden State | Monday, April 18 | 10 ET
• Game 3: Golden State vs. Denver | Thursday, April 21 | 10 ET
• Game 4: Golden State vs. Denver | Sunday, April 24 | 3:30 ET
• Game 5*: Denver vs. Golden State | Wednesday, April 27 | TBD
• Game 6*: Golden State vs. Denver | Friday, April 29 | TBD
• Game 7*: Denver vs. Golden State | Sunday, May 1 | TBD

Dallas Mavericks (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5)

• Game 1: Utah vs. Dallas | Saturday, April 16 | 1 ET
• Game 2: Utah vs. Dallas | Monday, April 18 | 8:30 ET
• Game 3: Dallas vs. Utah | Thursday, April 21 | 9 ET
• Game 4: Dallas vs. Utah | Saturday, April 23 | 4:30 ET
• Game 5*: Utah vs. Dallas | Monday, April 25 | TBD
• Game 6*: Dallas vs. Utah | Thursday, April 28 | TBD
• Game 7*: Utah vs. Dallas | Saturday, April 30 | TBD

NBA Play-In Tournament matchups 2022

Eastern Conference

(9) Hawks vs. (10) Hornets

(8) Cavaliers vs. (9) Hawks / (10) Horetns

Western Conference

(9) Pelicans vs. (10) Spurs

(8) Clippers vs. (9) Pelicans / (10) Spurs

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