2019 NBA playoffs

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2019 NBA playoffs
DatesApril 13, 2019 – TBA
Season2018–19
Teams16
Defending championsGolden State Warriors

The 2019 NBA playoffs is the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2018–19 season. The playoffs began on April 13 and will end with the NBA Finals, which will start on May 30.[1]

Overview[edit]

  • The Milwaukee Bucks entered the postseason with a 60 win season, their first since 1980–81, and with the best record in the league, the first time that has occurred since 1973–74. They would then sweep the Detroit Pistons, resulting in their first series win since 2001 when they won on the Conference Semifinals against the Charlotte Hornets.
  • The Brooklyn Nets make the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
  • The San Antonio Spurs make the playoffs for the 22nd consecutive season. They have not missed a playoff appearance after drafting Tim Duncan.
  • The Orlando Magic make the playoffs for the first time since 2012, breaking the longest Eastern Conference playoff appearance drought to date.
  • The Boston Celtics swept the Indiana Pacers in the first round, making it the 43rd straight year a sweep occurred in the NBA playoffs. The last year a sweep did not occur in the playoffs was 1976.

Format[edit]

Within each conference, the eight teams with the most wins qualify for the playoffs. The seedings are based on each team's record.

Each conference's bracket is fixed; there is no reseeding. All rounds are best-of-seven series; the team that has four wins advances to the next round. All rounds, including the NBA Finals, are in a 2–2–1–1–1 format. Home court advantage in any round does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead to the team with the better regular season record. If two teams with the same record meet in a round, standard tiebreaker rules are used. The rule for determining home court advantage in the NBA Finals is winning percentage, then head to head record, followed by intra-conference record.

Playoff qualifying[edit]

On March 1, 2019, the Milwaukee Bucks became the first team to clinch a playoff spot.[2]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Seed Team Record Clinched
Playoff berth Division title Best record
in conference
Best record
in NBA
1 Milwaukee Bucks 60–22 March 1[2] March 21 April 4 April 4
2 Toronto Raptors 58–24 March 9[3] April 1
3 Philadelphia 76ers 51–31 March 17
4 Boston Celtics 49–33 March 26
5 Indiana Pacers 48–34 March 22[4]
6 Brooklyn Nets[a] 42–40 April 7
7 Orlando Magic[a] 42–40 April 7 April 7
8 Detroit Pistons 41–41 April 10

Western Conference[edit]

Seed Team Record Clinched
Playoff berth Division title Best record
in conference
Best record
in NBA
1 Golden State Warriors 57–25 March 16 March 31 April 7
2 Denver Nuggets 54–28 March 18 April 5
3 Portland Trail Blazers[b] 53–29 March 25
4 Houston Rockets[b] 53–29 March 24 March 31
5 Utah Jazz 50–32 March 28
6 Oklahoma City Thunder 49–33 March 30
7 San Antonio Spurs[c] 48–34 March 30
8 Los Angeles Clippers[c] 48–34 March 26
Notes
  1. ^ a b Brooklyn clinched #6 seed over Orlando based on 2–1 head-to-head record.
  2. ^ a b Portland clinched #3 seed over Houston based on 2–1 head-to-head record.
  3. ^ a b San Antonio clinched #7 seed over L.A. Clippers based on 30–22 record against teams in Western Conference (as opposed to L.A. Clippers 28–24 record).

Playoff bracket[edit]

Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Teams with home court advantage, usually the higher seeded team, are shown in italics.

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
E1 Milwaukee* 4  
E8 Detroit 0  
  E1 Milwaukee* 0  
  E4 Boston 0  
E4 Boston 4
E5 Indiana 0  
   
Eastern Conference
   
E3 Philadelphia 4  
E6 Brooklyn 1  
  E3 Philadelphia 0
  E2 Toronto* 0  
E2 Toronto* 4
E7 Orlando* 1  
 
 
W1 Golden State* 3  
W8 LA Clippers 1  
 
   
W4 Houston* 3
W5 Utah 1  
 
Western Conference
   
W3 Portland 4  
W6 Oklahoma City 1  
  W3 Portland 0
   
W2 Denver* 3
W7 San Antonio 2  

* Division winner
Bold Series winner
Italic Team with home-court advantage


First round[edit]

Note: Times are EDT (UTC−4) as listed by NBA. If the venue is located in a different time zone, the local time is also given.

Eastern Conference[edit]

(1) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (8) Detroit Pistons[edit]

April 14
7:00pm (6:00 pm CDT)
Detroit Pistons 86, Milwaukee Bucks 121
Scoring by quarter: 18–38, 25–32, 18–27, 25–24
Pts: Luke Kennard 21
Rebs: Andre Drummond 12
Asts: Ish Smith 6
Pts: Giannis Antetokounmpo 24
Rebs: Giannis Antetokounmpo 17
Asts: Sterling Brown 7
Milwaukee leads series, 1–0
Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 17,529
Referees: Tony Brothers, Pat Fraher, Kevin Cutler
April 17
8:00pm (7:00 pm CDT)
Detroit Pistons 99, Milwaukee Bucks 120
Scoring by quarter: 27–38, 32–20, 17–35, 23–27
Pts: Luke Kennard 19
Rebs: Andre Drummond 16
Asts: Reggie Jackson 8
Pts: Eric Bledsoe 27
Rebs: Giannis Antetokounmpo 12
Asts: Khris Middleton 8
Milwaukee leads series, 2–0
Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 17,513
Referees: Eric Lewis, Mike Callahan, Rodney Mott
April 20
8:00pm
Milwaukee Bucks 119, Detroit Pistons 103
Scoring by quarter: 32–24, 35–30, 33–24, 19–25
Pts: Khris Middleton 20
Rebs: Giannis Antetokounmpo 10
Asts: Bledsoe, Hill 5 each
Pts: Blake Griffin 27
Rebs: Andre Drummond 12
Asts: Reggie Jackson 8
Milwaukee leads series, 3–0
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 20,520
Referees: James Capers, Kane Fitzgerald, Curtis Blair
April 22
8:00pm
Milwaukee Bucks 127, Detroit Pistons 104
Scoring by quarter: 26–28, 30–34, 39–23, 32–19
Pts: Giannis Antetokounmpo 41
Rebs: Sterling Brown 13
Asts: Sterling Brown 6
Pts: Reggie Jackson 26
Rebs: Andre Drummond 12
Asts: Reggie Jackson 7
Milwaukee wins series, 4–0
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 20,332
Referees: Ken Mauer, Tony Brown, Derrick Collins

This was the fifth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Pistons winning all four of the previous meetings.[5]

(2) Toronto Raptors vs. (7) Orlando Magic[edit]

April 13
5:00pm
Orlando Magic 104, Toronto Raptors 101
Scoring by quarter: 25–30, 32–19, 18–27, 29–25
Pts: D. J. Augustin 25
Rebs: Aaron Gordon 10
Asts: D. J. Augustin 6
Pts: Kawhi Leonard 25
Rebs: Pascal Siakam 8
Asts: Kyle Lowry 8
Orlando leads series, 1–0
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 19,937
Referees: Mike Callahan, Eric Lewis, Ben Taylor
April 16
8:00pm
Orlando Magic 82, Toronto Raptors 111
Scoring by quarter: 18–26, 21–25, 27–39, 16–21
Pts: Aaron Gordon 20
Rebs: Michael Carter-Williams 9
Asts: D. J. Augustin 4
Pts: Kawhi Leonard 37
Rebs: Pascal Siakam 10
Asts: Kyle Lowry 7
Series tied, 1–1
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 19,964
Referees: Marc Davis, John Goble, Kevin Cutler
April 19
7:00pm
Toronto Raptors 98, Orlando Magic 93
Scoring by quarter: 26–21, 22–24, 28–20, 22–28
Pts: Pascal Siakam 30
Rebs: Pascal Siakam 11
Asts: Kyle Lowry 10
Pts: Terrence Ross 24
Rebs: Nikola Vučević 14
Asts: Aaron Gordon 7
Toronto leads series, 2–1
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 19,367
Referees: Tony Brothers, Sean Wright, Michael Smith
April 21
7:00pm
Toronto Raptors 107, Orlando Magic 85
Scoring by quarter: 28–26, 30–16, 24–28, 25–15
Pts: Kawhi Leonard 34
Rebs: Serge Ibaka 8
Asts: Kyle Lowry 9
Pts: Aaron Gordon 25
Rebs: Aaron Gordon 7
Asts: Aaron Gordon 5
Toronto leads series, 3–1
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 19,087
Referees: Zach Zarba, Tom Washington, Karl Lane
April 23
7:00pm
Orlando Magic 96, Toronto Raptors 115
Scoring by quarter: 19–35, 28–32, 23–32, 26–16
Pts: D. J. Augustin 15
Rebs: Khem Birch 11
Asts: Michael Carter-Williams 5
Pts: Kawhi Leonard 27
Rebs: Marc Gasol 9
Asts: Fred VanVleet 10
Toronto wins series, 4–1
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Referees: Scott Foster, Jason Phillips, Tyler Ford

This was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Magic winning the first meeting.[6]

(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Brooklyn Nets[edit]

April 13
2:30pm
Brooklyn Nets 111, Philadelphia 76ers 102
Scoring by quarter: 31–22, 31–32, 31–28, 18–20
Pts: D'Angelo Russell 26
Rebs: Ed Davis 16
Asts: Dudley, Russell 4 each
Pts: Jimmy Butler 36
Rebs: Joel Embiid 15
Asts: Tobias Harris 6
Brooklyn leads series, 1–0
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 20,437
Referees: Scott Foster, Jason Phillips, Tyler Ford
April 15
8:00pm
Brooklyn Nets 123, Philadelphia 76ers 145
Scoring by quarter: 28–34, 36–31, 23–51, 36–29
Pts: Spencer Dinwiddie 19
Rebs: Jarrett Allen 6
Asts: Jarrett Allen 4
Pts: Joel Embiid 23
Rebs: Embiid, Simmons 10 each
Asts: Ben Simmons 12
Series tied, 1–1
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 20,591
Referees: Mike Callahan, Kevin Scott, Gediminas Petraitis
April 18
8:00pm
Philadelphia 76ers 131, Brooklyn Nets 115
Scoring by quarter: 32–24, 33–35, 32–31, 34–25
Pts: Ben Simmons 31
Rebs: Tobias Harris 16
Asts: Ben Simmons 9
Pts: D'Angelo Russell 26
Rebs: Caris LeVert 7
Asts: Russell, Hollis-Jefferson 4 each
Philadelphia leads series, 2–1
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 17,732
Referees: James Capers, Courtney Kirkland, Scott Wall
April 20
3:00pm
Philadelphia 76ers 112, Brooklyn Nets 108
Scoring by quarter: 24–33, 33–30, 28–28, 27–17
Pts: Joel Embiid 31
Rebs: Joel Embiid 16
Asts: Ben Simmons 8
Pts: Caris LeVert 25
Rebs: Jarrett Allen 8
Asts: LeVert, Russell 6 each
Philadelphia leads series, 3–1
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 17,732
Referees: Ed Malloy, David Guthrie, Ben Taylor
April 23
8:00pm
Brooklyn Nets 100, Philadelphia 76ers 122
Scoring by quarter: 15–32, 16–28, 33–35, 36–27
Pts: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 21
Rebs: Jarrett Allen 9
Asts: Shabazz Napier 10
Pts: Joel Embiid 23
Rebs: Joel Embiid 13
Asts: T. J. McConnell 7
Philadelphia wins series, 4–1
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Referees: Zach Zarba, Tom Washington, Brian Forte

This was the third playoff meeting between these two teams, but the first since the New Jersey Nets relocated to Brooklyn and became the Brooklyn Nets in 2012, with each team winning one series.[7]

(4) Boston Celtics vs. (5) Indiana Pacers[edit]

April 14
1:00pm
Indiana Pacers 74, Boston Celtics 84
Scoring by quarter: 20–20, 25–18, 8–26, 21–20
Pts: Cory Joseph 14
Rebs: Domantas Sabonis 9
Asts: Thaddeus Young 6
Pts: Irving, Morris 20 each
Rebs: Al Horford 11
Asts: Kyrie Irving 7
Boston leads series, 1–0
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: James Capers, Kane Fitzgerald, Brian Forte
April 17
7:00pm
Indiana Pacers 91, Boston Celtics 99
Scoring by quarter: 33–29, 17–23, 29–16, 12–31
Pts: Bojan Bogdanović 23
Rebs: Bojan Bogdanović 8
Asts: Sabonis, Matthews 5 each
Pts: Kyrie Irving 37
Rebs: Al Horford 10
Asts: Kyrie Irving 7
Boston leads series, 2–0
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,624
Referees: Sean Wright, Tony Brothers, Kevin Scott
April 19
8:30pm
Boston Celtics 104, Indiana Pacers 96
Scoring by quarter: 41–28, 18–33, 21–12, 24–23
Pts: Jaylen Brown 23
Rebs: Al Horford 8
Asts: Kyrie Irving 10
Pts: Tyreke Evans 19
Rebs: Thaddeus Young 9
Asts: Domantas Sabonis 6
Boston leads series, 3–0
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 17,923
Referees: Zach Zarba, Pat Fraher, Tyler Ford
April 21
1:00pm
Boston Celtics 110, Indiana Pacers 106
Scoring by quarter: 21–23, 26–26, 26–23, 37–34
Pts: Gordon Hayward 20
Rebs: Al Horford 12
Asts: Kyrie Irving 7
Pts: Bojan Bogdanović 22
Rebs: Thaddeus Young 9
Asts: Darren Collison 5
Boston wins series, 4–0
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 17,923
Referees: Marc Davis, John Goble, Courtney Kirkland

This was the sixth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Celtics winning three of the first five meetings.[8]

Western Conference[edit]

(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) Los Angeles Clippers[edit]

April 13
8:15pm (5:15 pm PDT)
Los Angeles Clippers 104, Golden State Warriors 121
Scoring by quarter: 27–36, 29–33, 23–29, 25–23
Pts: Montrezl Harrell 26
Rebs: Danilo Gallinari 8
Asts: Lou Williams 9
Pts: Stephen Curry 38
Rebs: Stephen Curry 15
Asts: Curry, Green 7 each
Golden State leads series, 1–0
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Ed Malloy, Courtney Kirkland, Mark Lindsay
April 15
10:30pm (7:30 pm PDT)
Los Angeles Clippers 135, Golden State Warriors 131
Scoring by quarter: 25–33, 25–40, 44–35, 41–23
Pts: Lou Williams 36
Rebs: Montrezl Harrell 10
Asts: Lou Williams 11
Pts: Stephen Curry 29
Rebs: Andrew Bogut 9
Asts: Draymond Green 9
Series tied, 1–1
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Ken Mauer, Josh Tiven, Nick Buchert
April 18
10:30pm (7:30 pm PDT)
Golden State Warriors 132, Los Angeles Clippers 105
Scoring by quarter: 41–24, 32–28, 36–24, 24–29
Pts: Kevin Durant 38
Rebs: Andrew Bogut 14
Asts: Draymond Green 10
Pts: Ivica Zubac 18
Rebs: Ivica Zubac 15
Asts: Lou Williams 6
Golden State leads series, 2–1
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 19,068
Referees: Scott Foster, Jason Phillips, Scott Twardoski
April 21
3:30pm (12:30 pm PDT)
Golden State Warriors 113, Los Angeles Clippers 105
Scoring by quarter: 32–22, 30–32, 25–30, 26–21
Pts: Kevin Durant 33
Rebs: Bogut, Curry 10 each
Asts: Stephen Curry 7
Pts: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 25
Rebs: Patrick Beverley 10
Asts: Patrick Beverley 5
Golden State leads series, 3–1
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 19,068
Referees: Tony Brothers, Sean Wright, Brent Barnaky
April 24
10:30pm (7:30 pm PDT)
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors
April 26
TBD
Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers*
ABC or TNT
April 28
TBD
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors*

This is the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Clippers winning the first meeting.[9]

(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs[edit]

April 13
10:30pm (8:30 pm MDT)
San Antonio Spurs 101, Denver Nuggets 96
Scoring by quarter: 25–20, 34–31, 13–17, 29–28
Pts: DeMar DeRozan 18
Rebs: DeMar DeRozan 12
Asts: DeMar DeRozan 6
Pts: Gary Harris 20
Rebs: Nikola Jokić 14
Asts: Nikola Jokić 14
San Antonio leads series, 1–0
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,520
Referees: Ken Mauer, Josh Tiven, Tom Washington
April 16
9:00pm (7:00 pm MDT)
San Antonio Spurs 105, Denver Nuggets 114
Scoring by quarter: 26–21, 33–28, 23–26, 23–39
Pts: DeMar DeRozan 31
Rebs: Rudy Gay 9
Asts: Patty Mills 5
Pts: Jamal Murray 24
Rebs: Nikola Jokić 13
Asts: Nikola Jokić 8
Series tied, 1–1
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,520
Referees: James Capers, Kane Fitzgerald, Derrick Collins
April 18
9:00pm (8:00 pm CDT)
Denver Nuggets 108, San Antonio Spurs 118
Scoring by quarter: 22–31, 36–30, 26–27, 24–30
Pts: Nikola Jokić 22
Rebs: Malik Beasley 9
Asts: three players 7 each
Pts: Derrick White 36
Rebs: Aldridge, Gay 11 each
Asts: three players 5 each
San Antonio leads series, 2–1
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,354
Referees: Ed Malloy, David Guthrie, Mark Lindsay
April 20
5:30pm (4:30 pm CDT)
Denver Nuggets 117, San Antonio Spurs 103
Scoring by quarter: 22–34, 32–20, 37–25, 26–24
Pts: Nikola Jokić 29
Rebs: Nikola Jokić 12
Asts: Nikola Jokić 8
Pts: LaMarcus Aldridge 24
Rebs: Aldridge, Pöltl 9 each
Asts: DeRozan, White 5 each
Series tied, 2–2
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,354
Referees: Scott Foster, Rodney Mott, Brian Forte
April 23
9:30pm (7:30 pm MDT)
San Antonio Spurs 90, Denver Nuggets 108
Scoring by quarter: 19–26, 23–27, 21–32, 27–23
Pts: Aldridge, DeRozan 17 each
Rebs: LaMarcus Aldridge 10
Asts: Jakob Pöltl 4
Pts: Jamal Murray 23
Rebs: Nikola Jokić 11
Asts: Nikola Jokić 8
Denver leads series, 3–2
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,520
Referees: Mike Callahan, Eric Lewis, Kevin Scott
April 25
TBD
Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs
April 27
TBD
San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets*

This is the seventh playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Spurs winning five of the first six meetings.[10]

(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) Oklahoma City Thunder[edit]

April 14
3:30pm (12:30 pm PDT)
Oklahoma City Thunder 99, Portland Trail Blazers 104
Scoring by quarter: 25–39, 23–15, 21–22, 30–28
Pts: Paul George 26
Rebs: Westbrook, George 10 each
Asts: Russell Westbrook 10
Pts: Damian Lillard 30
Rebs: Enes Kanter 18
Asts: Damian Lillard 4
Portland leads series, 1–0
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 19,886
Referees: Zach Zarba, Rodney Mott, Tre Maddox
April 16
10:30pm (7:30 pm PDT)
Oklahoma City Thunder 94, Portland Trail Blazers 114
Scoring by quarter: 31–26, 23–2 8, 21–37, 19–23
Pts: Paul George 27
Rebs: Adams, Westbrook 9 each
Asts: Russell Westbrook 11
Pts: C. J. McCollum 33
Rebs: Maurice Harkless 9
Asts: Damian Lillard 6
Portland leads series, 2–0
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 20,041
Referees: Scott Foster, Jason Phillips, Karl Lane
April 19
9:30pm (8:30 pm CDT)
Portland Trail Blazers 108, Oklahoma City Thunder 120
Scoring by quarter: 22–21, 17–28, 43–37, 26–34
Pts: Damian Lillard 32
Rebs: Al-Farouq Aminu 9
Asts: C. J. McCollum 7
Pts: Russell Westbrook 33
Rebs: Steven Adams 7
Asts: Russell Westbrook 11
Portland leads series, 2–1
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,203
Referees: Marc Davis, Tony Brown, Nick Buchert
April 21
9:30pm (8:30 pm CDT)
Portland Trail Blazers 111, Oklahoma City Thunder 98
Scoring by quarter: 26–24, 24–22, 29–22, 32–30
Pts: C. J. McCollum 27
Rebs: Harkless, Kanter 10 each
Asts: Damian Lillard 8
Pts: Paul George 32
Rebs: Paul George 10
Asts: Russell Westbrook 7
Portland leads series, 3–1
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Attendance: 18,203
Referees: Mike Callahan, Eric Lewis, Mark Lindsay
April 23
10:30pm (7:30 pm PDT)
Oklahoma City Thunder 115, Portland Trail Blazers 118
Scoring by quarter: 37–29, 23–32, 30–27, 25–30
Pts: Paul George 36
Rebs: Russell Westbrook 11
Asts: Russell Westbrook 14
Pts: Damian Lillard 50
Rebs: Enes Kanter 13
Asts: Damian Lillard 6
Portland wins series, 4–1
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Referees: James Capers, Kane Fitzgerald, Courtney Kirkland

This was the fifth playoff meeting between the SuperSonics/Thunder and the Blazers, but the first since the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder in 2008. The two teams have split their previous four playoff matchups.[11]

(4) Houston Rockets vs. (5) Utah Jazz[edit]

April 14
9:30pm (8:30 pm CDT)
Utah Jazz 90, Houston Rockets 122
Scoring by quarter: 24–31, 20–28, 27–24, 19–39
Pts: Rudy Gobert 22
Rebs: Rudy Gobert 12
Asts: Ricky Rubio 6
Pts: James Harden 29
Rebs: Clint Capela 12
Asts: James Harden 10
Houston leads series, 1–0
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,055
Referees: Marc Davis, John Goble, Michael Smith
April 17
9:30pm (8:30 pm CDT)
Utah Jazz 98, Houston Rockets 118
Scoring by quarter: 19–39, 25–31, 23–25, 31–23
Pts: Rubio, O'Neale 17 each
Rebs: Gobert, Favors 12 each
Asts: Ricky Rubio 9
Pts: James Harden 32
Rebs: James Harden 13
Asts: James Harden 10
Houston leads series, 2–0
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,055
Referees: Tony Brown, Zach Zarba, Tom Washington
April 20
10:30pm (8:30 pm MDT)
Houston Rockets 104, Utah Jazz 101
Scoring by quarter: 28–30, 22–25, 24–21, 30–25
Pts: James Harden 22
Rebs: Clint Capela 14
Asts: James Harden 10
Pts: Donovan Mitchell 34
Rebs: Gobert, Ingles 8 each
Asts: Ricky Rubio 6
Houston leads series, 3–0
Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 18,306
Referees: Ken Mauer, Josh Tiven, Kevin Scott
April 22
10:30pm (8:30 pm MDT)
Houston Rockets 91, Utah Jazz 107
Scoring by quarter: 24–32, 23–21, 32–23, 12–31
Pts: James Harden 30
Rebs: Chris Paul 8
Asts: Chris Paul 7
Pts: Donovan Mitchell 31
Rebs: Favors, O'Neale 11 each
Asts: Ricky Rubio 11
Houston leads series, 3–1
Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 18,306
Referees: Tony Brothers, David Guthrie, Pat Fraher
April 24
8:00pm (7:00 pm CDT)
Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets
April 26
TBD
Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz*
ABC or TNT
April 28
TBD
Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets*

This is the ninth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Jazz winning five of the first eight meetings.[12]

Conference Semifinals[edit]

Note: All times listed are in EDT (UTC−4).

Eastern Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (4) Boston Celtics[edit]

TBD
April 28
TBD
Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks
TBD
April 30
TBD
Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks
TBD
May 2
TBD
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics
TBD
May 4
TBD
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics
TBD
May
TBD
Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks*
TBD
May
TBD
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics*
TBD
May
TBD
Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks*

This will be the seventh playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Celtics winning five of the first six meetings.[13]

(2) Toronto Raptors vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers[edit]

TBD
April
TBD
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors
TBD
April
TBD
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors
TBD
May
TBD
Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers
TBD
May
TBD
Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers
TBD
May
TBD
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors*
TBD
May
TBD
Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers*
TBD
May
TBD
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors*

This will be the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with Philadelphia winning the first meeting in 2001.

Statistical leaders[edit]

Category Game High Average
Player Team High Player Team Avg. GP
Points Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers 50 Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers 33.0 5
Rebounds Enes Kanter Portland Trail Blazers 18 Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers 13.5 5
Assists Nikola Jokić Denver Nuggets 14 Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 10.6 5
Steals James Harden Houston Rockets 6 Chris Paul Houston Rockets 2.75 4
Blocks Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers 5 Brook Lopez Milwaukee Bucks 3.5 4

Media coverage[edit]

Television[edit]

ESPN, TNT, ABC, and NBA TV telecast the playoffs nationally in the United States. In the first round, regional sports networks affiliated with the teams can also broadcast the games, except for games televised on ABC.[nb 1] The Western Conference Finals will be televised on ESPN, while TNT will televise the Eastern Conference Finals. ABC has exclusive television rights to the 2019 NBA Finals, which is the 17th consecutive year for the network.[14]

In Canada, the home market of the Toronto Raptors, national broadcast rights are split approximately equally between the Sportsnet and TSN groups of channels, with some conflicting non-Raptors games airing on NBA TV Canada. Separate Canadian broadcasts are produced for all games involving the Raptors regardless of round or U.S. broadcaster.

Notes
  1. ^ Game 3 of the Celtics–Pacers first round series will air nationally on ABC and will co-exist with the teams' respective regional sports networks.

References[edit]

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