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How to watch the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs without cable

The Phoenix Suns will face the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs on Saturday, April 20, 2024 (4/20/24) at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

HOW TO WATCH: Fans can watch the games through a free trial DirectTV stream or fuboTV. You can also watch via a subscription SlingTVwhich offers a 50% discount for the first month.

Here’s what you need to know:

What: Western Conference Playoffs

WHO: Phoenix Suns vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

When: April 20, 2024 (20/4/24)

Where: Target center

Time: 3:30 PM ET

TV: ESPN

Channel finder: Verizon Fios, DirectTV stream, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimal/Altice, Cox, DIRECTV, Dish, Hulu, fuboTV, Garland.

Live stream: Sling (50% off first month), DirecTV Stream (free trial), fuboTV (free trial)

NBA AP Story:

The Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder are about to find out who they will face in Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs.

The final two play-in games – and the final two spots in the playoffs – will be decided Friday night, when Chicago visits Miami in an Eastern Conference game and Sacramento visits New Orleans in a Western Conference game.

Winners move on, losers are done.

The play-in tournament began Tuesday with Sacramento eliminating Golden State and the Los Angeles Lakers topping New Orleans, giving the Lakers the seventh seed in the West and a matchup with Denver in Round 1.

On Wednesday, Philadelphia defeated Miami to become the No. 7 seed in the East (and face New York in Round 1), while Chicago eliminated Atlanta.

NATIONAL TV SCHEDULE

Friday

7:00 PM East Chicago at Miami, ESPN

9:30 PM Eastern – Sacramento at New Orleans, TNT

Saturday

1:00 PM Eastern – Orlando at Cleveland, ESPN

3:30 PM – Phoenix at Minnesota, ESPN

6:00 PM – Philadelphia at New York, ESPN

8:30 PM – Los Angeles Lakers at Denver, ABC

Sunday

1:00 PM – Chicago or Miami at Boston, ABC

3:30 PM – Dallas at Los Angeles Clippers, ABC

7:00 PM – Indiana at Milwaukee, TNT

9:30 PM – Sacramento or New Orleans at Oklahoma City, TNT

WHO’S IN/WHO’S OUT

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Boston vs. Chicago or Miami, series starts Sunday

No. No. 2 New York vs. No. 7 Philadelphia, series starts Saturday

No. No. 3 Milwaukee vs. No. 6 Indiana, series starts Sunday

No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Orlando, series begins Saturday

Western Conference

No. 1Oklahoma City vs. Sacramento or New Orleans, series starts Sunday

No. 2 Denver vs. No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers, series starts Saturday

No. No. 3 Minnesota vs. No. 6 Phoenix, series starts Saturday

No. No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 5 Dallas, series starts Sunday

Brooklyn, Toronto, Charlotte, Washington, Detroit, Houston, Utah, Memphis, Portland and San Antonio all saw their seasons end Sunday. Golden State was eliminated on Tuesday and Atlanta on Wednesday.

BETTING GUIDE

Boston has home field advantage during the NBA playoffs and is currently the favorite to win the championship according to BetMGM. The Celtics are listed at +180, ahead of defending champion Denver (+300). Next up: the Clippers (+1300), followed by Milwaukee and Philadelphia (both +1400), and Oklahoma City and Dallas (both +1600).

WHAT TO KNOW

— A look at the NBA, in numbers from this season.

— How the court played out on a wild Sunday in the NBA.

STAT OF THE DAY

With Atlanta losing to Chicago on Wednesday, the Lakers now have the all-time best record in play-in games at 3-0. The Hawks are 3-1.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

‘He did well. He can do something better.” – An obvious DeMar DeRozan joke, after his Chicago teammate Coby White scored 42 points to lead the Bulls past Atlanta on Wednesday

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