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When do the NBA Playoffs start? Links, bracket, odds

The NBA Playoffs kicked off early in the week with the play-in mini-tournament, but the 16-team bracket gets underway in earnest this weekend as the Denver Nuggets look to defend their title.

Those Nuggets open Saturday night as the No. 2 seed against the No. 7 Lakers, who won their way to the play-in and appear to be finding their way.

Dallas is the only Texas team still standing after a strong finish to the season behind MVP candidate Luka Doncic (well, candidate to finish second in the MVP voting behind Denver’s Nikola Jokic).

Here’s a look at where everything goes inside.

When do the NBA Playoffs start?

EASTERN CONFERENCE

BOSTON CELTICS (1) USA CHICAGO BULLS OF MIAMI HEAT (8)

Game 1: Sunday in Boston, 11am MT (ABC)Game 2: Wednesday, April 24 in Boston, 5:00 PM MT (TNT)Game 3: Saturday, April 27 at play-in winner, 4:00 PM MT (TNT)Game 4: Monday April 29 at play-in winnerGame 5 (if necessary): Wednesday, May 1 in BostonGame 6 (if necessary): Friday May 3 at play-in winnerGame 7 (if necessary): Sunday May 5 in Boston

NEW YORK Knickers (2) USA PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (7)

Game 1: in New York, 4:00 PM MT, ESPN)Game 2: in New York, 5:30 PM MT (TNT)Game 3: Thursday, April 25 in Philadelphia, 5:30 PM MT (TNT)Game 4: Sunday, April 28 in Philadelphia, 11 a.m. ET (ABC)Game 5 (if necessary): Tuesday, April 30 in New YorkGame 6 (if necessary): Thursday, May 2 in PhiladelphiaGame 7 (if necessary): Saturday May 4 in New York (TNT)

MILWAUKEE BUCKS (3) USA INDIANA PACERS (7)

Game 1: Sunday in Milwaukee, 5:00 PM MT (TNT)Game 2: Tuesday in Milwaukee, 6:30 PM MT (NBA TV)Game 3: Friday, April 26 in Indiana, 3:30 PM MT (ESPN)Game 4: Sunday, April 28 in Indiana, 7:00 PM ET (TNT)Game 5 (if necessary): Tuesday, April 30 in MilwaukeeGame 6 (if necessary): Thursday, May 2 in IndianaGame 7 (if necessary): Saturday May 4 in Milwaukee (TNT)

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (4) USA ORLANDO MAGIC (5)

Game 1: Saturday in Cleveland, 11 a.m. MT (ESPN)Game 2: Monday in Cleveland, 7pm MT (NBA TV)Game 3: Thursday, April 25 in Orlando, 5:00 PM MT (NBA TV)Game 4: Saturday, April 27 in Orlando, 11am MT (TNT)Game 5 (if necessary): Tuesday, April 30 in ClevelandGame 6 (if necessary): Friday, May 3 in OrlandoGame 7 (if necessary): Sunday, May 5 in Cleveland

WESTERN CONFERENCE

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (1) USA SACRAMENTO KINGS OR NEW ORLEANS PELICANS (8)

Game 1: Sunday in Oklahoma City, 7:30 PM MT (TNT)Game 2: Wednesday, April 24 in Oklahoma City, 7:30 PM MT (TNT)Game 3: Saturday, April 27 at play-in winner, 1:30 PM MT (TNT)Game 4: Monday April 29 at play-in winnerGame 5 (if necessary): Wednesday, May 1 in Oklahoma CityGame 6 (if necessary): Friday May 3 at play-in winnerGame 7 (if necessary): Sunday, May 5 in Oklahoma City

DENVER NUGGETS (2) USA LOS ANGELES LAKERS (7)

Game 1: Saturday in Denver, 6:30 PM MT (ABC)Game 2: Monday in Denver, 8:00 PM MT (TNT)Game 3: Thursday, April 25 in Los Angeles, 8:00 PM MT (TNT)Game 4: Saturday, April 27 in Los Angeles, 6:30 PM MT (ABC)Game 5 (if necessary): Monday, April 29 in DenverGame 6 (if necessary): Thursday, May 2 in Los AngelesGame 7 (if necessary): Saturday May 4 in Denver (TNT)

MINNESOTA TIMBER WOLVES (3) USA PHOENIX SUNS (7)

Game 1: Saturday in Minnesota, 1:30 PM MT (ESPN)Game 2: Tuesday in Minnesota, 5:30 PM MT (TNT)Game 3: Friday, April 26 in Phoenix, 8:30 PM MT (ESPN)Game 4: Sunday, April 28 in Phoenix, 7:30 PM MT (TNT)Game 5 (if necessary): Tuesday, April 30 in MinnesotaGame 6 (if necessary): Thursday, May 2 in PhoenixGame 7 (if necessary): Saturday, May 4 in Minnesota

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (4) USA DALLAS MAVERICKS (5)

Game 1: Sunday in Los Angeles, 1:30 PM MT (ABC)Game 2: Tuesday in Los Angeles, 8:00 PM MT (TNT)Game 3: Friday, April 26 in Dallas, 6:00 PM MT (ESPN)Game 4: Sunday, April 28 in Dallas, 1:30 PM MT (ABC)Game 5 (if necessary): Wednesday, May 1 in Los AngelesGame 6 (if necessary): Friday, May 3 in DallasGame 7 (if necessary): Sunday, May 5 in Los Angeles

What are the odds, predictions?

Boston Celtics +145Denver Nuggets +300Los Angles Clippers +1200Milwaukee Bucks +1600Dallas Mavericks +1600Oklahoma City Thunder +1600Philadelphia 76ers +1700Phoenix Suns +1900Los Angeles Lakers +2000Minnesota Timberwolves +2500New York Knicks +4000Cleveland Cavaliers +6 500Miami Heat +9000Indianapolis Pacers +10000Sacramento Kings +12000Golden State Warriors +12000Orlando Magic +20000New Orleans Pelicans +25000Chicago Bulls +40000Detroit Pistons +100000Atlanta Hawks +100000Utah Jazz +100000