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NBA Playoffs 2017: Dates, times and matchups

The Raptors and Bucks are up, but they don’t play first on Saturday. Celebrate!

NBA: Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors are set to open their first round series against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, April 15th at 5:30pm. We covered the shock of this timing announcement last night, but now let’s review the fulls schedule.

Raptors vs. Bucks - Eastern Conference Playoffs - Round 1 Schedule

(3) Toronto Raptors vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks

Game 1 – Sat. April 15 Milwaukee at Toronto, 5:30 p.m., ESPN

Game 2 – Tue. April 18 Milwaukee at Toronto, 7 p.m., NBA TV

Game 3 – Thu. April 20 Toronto at Milwaukee, 8 p.m., NBA TV

Game 4 – Sat. April 22 Toronto at Milwaukee, 3 p.m., TNT

Game 5 * Mon. April 24 Milwaukee at Toronto, 7 p.m., NBA TV

Game 6 * Thu. April 27 Toronto at Milwaukee, TBD

Game 7 * Sat. April 29 Milwaukee at Toronto, TBD, TNT

The Raptors and Bucks are playing across a range of times (including a random 3pm start thrown in there, just for the hell of it), so make sure to adjust your entire lives accordingly.

It should also come as no surprise that the majority of the games will be broadcast on NBA TV in the U.S. The Raptors (and Bucks, really) are not quite the TV ratings draw just yet. Please save your animus for more worthy subjects — this will be the nature of treatment towards a Toronto-based team in the NBA for some time to come.

A Toronto-centric aside: the Toronto Maple Leafs will play Game 2 of their first round series against the Capitals at 7pm that day, so look for Jurassic Park to (gently?) transition into a Leaf zone at some point in the third quarter. Should be an interesting meeting of the minds.

Have a look at the entire first round schedule here and then buckle up.