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2018 NBA Playoffs Second Round TV and Announcer Schedule

The NBA Playoffs’ second round commences on April 28.

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  • Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James escaped earning his first first-round series loss in his career by defeating the Pacers in seven games. He and the Cavaliers now faces a Raptors team that had the best regular season record in the East this past year but has much to prove as it has yet to beat a LeBron-led team head-to-head in the playoffs.

    Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers: In a revival of a playoff rivalry from the 1980s, the Celtics and Sixers represent better versions of each team’s first-round opponent. Boston, much like Miami, is a band of hardworking, tough-nosed athletes in need of a star. Philadelphia, much like Milwaukee, are a cast of long-armed athletes who disrupt offenses through sheer force and overwhelm opponents in transition. But where Milwaukee is undisciplined and lacking a coherent system, Philadelphia is precise in its execution and bought into a set of intelligent principles. (Source: USA Today)

    Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Although the defending NBA champion Warriors will be favored, Stephen Curry’s health is still questionable while the Pelicans’ rising superstars Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday may thrive in their first-ever second round playoff appearance.

    Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz: James Harden, Chris Paul and co. will look to continue their playoff trek to validate their first-place ranking in the West against an up-and-coming Utah squad with veteran point guard Ricky Rubio, young center Rudy Gobert, and star rookie Donovan Mitchell. Under head coach Quin Snyder, Utah closed out the regular season winning 29 of their last 35 games and then eliminated the highly hyped Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round in six games.

    TNT, ESPN and ABC will broadcast all the action in the United States.

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    All series are Best 4-out-of-7.

    The following are the scheduled game start times (all times Eastern; start times subject to change), respective networks for the second round of playoff action:

    Updated Wed., May 9 2018 5:05 p.m. EDT

    EASTERN CONFERENCE

    [#1] Toronto Raptors vs. [#4] Cleveland Cavaliers

    Game 1: Tuesday, May 1 8:00 p.m. at Toronto on TNT
    Announcers:
    TNT: Ian Eagle, Brent Barry, Allie LaForce

    Game 2: Thursday, May 5 6:00 p.m. at Toronto on ESPN
    Announcers:
    ESPN: Mark Jones, Hubie Brown, Israel Gutierrez
    ESPN Radio: Adam Amin, Jon Barry

    Game 3: Saturday, May 5 8:30 p.m. at Cleveland on ABC
    Announcers:
    ABC: Mark Jones, Hubie Brown, Israel Gutierrez
    ESPN Radio: Adam Amin, Jon Barry

    Game 4: Monday, May 7 8:30 p.m. at Cleveland on TNT
    Announcers:
    TNT: Ian Eagle, Brent Barry, Allie LaForce

    [#2] Boston Celtics vs. [#3] Philadelphia 76ers

    Game 1: Monday, Apr. 30 8:00 p.m. at Boston on TNT
    Announcers:
    TNT: Brian Anderson, Kevin McHale, Ros Gold-Onwude

    Game 2: Thursday, May 3 8:30 p.m. at Boston on TNT
    Announcers:
    TNT: Brian Anderson, Kevin McHale, Ros Gold-Onwude

    Game 3: Saturday, May 5 5:00 p.m. at Philadelphia on ESPN
    Announcers:
    ESPN: Dave Pasch, Doris Burke, Cassidy Hubbarth

    Game 4: Monday, May 7 6:00 p.m. at Philadelphia on TNT
    Announcers:
    TNT: Brian Anderson, Kevin McHale, Ros Gold-Onwude

    Game 5: Wednesday, May 9 8:00 p.m. at Boston on TNT
    Announcers:
    TNT: Brian Anderson, Kevin McHale, Ros Gold-Onwude

    Game 6: Friday, May 11 TBD at Philadelphia on ESPN (if necessary)
    Announcers:
    ESPN:

    Game 7: Sunday, May 13 TBD at Boston on ABC or TNT (if necessary)
    Announcers:
    ABC or TNT:

    WESTERN CONFERENCE

    [#1] Houston Rockets vs. [#5] Utah Jazz

    Game 1: Sunday, Apr. 29 3:30 p.m. at Houston on ABC
    Announcers:
    ABC: Mark Jones, Hubie Brown, Lisa Salters

    Game 2: Wednesday, May 2 8:00 p.m. at Houston on TNT
    Announcers:
    TNT: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Kristen Ledlow

    Game 3: Friday, May 4 10:30 p.m. at Utah on ESPN
    Announcers:
    ESPN: Ryan Ruocco, P.J. Carlesimo, Jorge Sedano

    Game 4: Sunday, May 6 8:00 p.m. at Utah on TNT
    Announcers:
    TNT: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Kristen LedlowGame 5: Tuesday, May 8 8:00 p.m. at Houston on TNT
    Announcers:
    TNT: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Kristen LedlowGame 6: Thursday, May 10 TBD at Utah on ESPN (if necessary)

    Game 7: Monday, May 14 TBD at Houston on TNT (if necessary)
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    [#2] Golden State Warriors vs. [#6] New Orleans Pelicans

    Game 1: Saturday, Apr. 28 10:30 p.m. at Golden State on TNT
    Announcers:
    TNT: Marv Albert, Chris Webber, David Aldridge
    ESPN Radio: Marc Kestecher, Jon Barry

    Game 2: Tuesday, May 1 10:30 p.m. at Golden State on TNT
    Announcers:
    TNT: Marv Albert, Chris Webber, David Aldridge
    ESPN Radio: Marc Kestecher, PJ Carlesimo

    Game 3: Friday, May 4 8:00 p.m. at New Orleans on ESPN
    Announcers:
    ESPN: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters
    ESPN Radio: Marc Kestecher, Kara Lawson

    Game 4: Sunday, May 6 3:30 p.m. at New Orleans on ABC
    Announcers:
    ABC: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters
    ESPN Radio: Marc Kestecher, Kara Lawson

    Game 5: Tuesday, May 8 10:30 p.m. at Golden State on TNT
    Announcers:
    TNT: Marv Albert, Chris Webber, David Aldridge