The 2022 NBA playoffs are here. Twenty teams made the postseason, but that number will be cut to 16 by Friday night after the play-in tournament, and the first round of the postseason gets underway Saturday, April 16. After a season full of surprises, the title fight appears to be wide open in both conferences, and there will be plenty of tasty first-round matchups. But things start with the play-in tournament, which kicks off Tuesday night.
The seventh-seeded Nets will host the Cavaliers in the East with the winner set to face the No. 2 Celtics in the first round. In the West, the Timberwolves will host the Clippers as they battle for the No. 7 seed and the chance to play the upstart Grizzlies in a best-of-seven series. The No. 9 vs. No. 10 play-in games (Hawks vs. Hornets in the East; Pelicans vs. Spurs in the West) will take place Wednesday, and the play-in tournament will wrap up Friday night as the losers of 7-8 games face the winners of the 9-10 games with the No. 8 seed in both conferences on the line. You can find our expert play-in predictions here.
The first round will tip off Saturday afternoon, and we know our first matchup: the fourth-seeded Mavericks will host the fifth-seeded Jazz at 1 p.m. ET. 76ers-Raptors, Warriors-Nuggets and the Grizzlies’ series against the West’s No. 7 seed will also get started Saturday before the four other series begin on Sunday.
This week’s playoff schedule
(All times U.S./Eastern)
Tuesday, April 12
Nets 115, Cavaliers 108
Timberwolves 109, Clippers 104
Wednesday, April 13
Hornets vs. Hawks, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Spurs vs. Pelicans, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, April 15
Winner of Hornets/Hawks vs. Cavaliers, TBD (ESPN)
Winner of Spurs/Pelicans vs. Clippers, TBD (TNT)
Saturday, April 16
Game 1: Jazz vs. Mavericks, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 1: Timberwolves vs. Grizzlies, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 1: Raptors vs. 76ers, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 1: Nuggets vs. Warriors, 8:30 p.m. (ABC)
Sunday, April 17
Game 1: East No. 8 vs. Heat, 1 p.m. (TNT)
Game 1: Nets vs. Celtics, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Game 1: Bulls vs. Bucks, 6:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 1: West No. 8 vs. Suns, 9 p.m. (TNT)