Owing to Toronto’s sustained excellence in 2017-18, the Raps enter the post-season as the East’s number one seed, a 59-win juggernaut that beat most every team in the league at least once (except the Warriors and the Thunder, but whatever). They were also a top five offense and defense for most of that run, and a legitimately Fun and Good team to watch.
The Wizards, meanwhile, slid to eighth in an effort to either set up a brilliant hero’s journey narrative for the Kyle Lowry-DeMar DeRozan-Jonas Valanciunas core of the Raptors, or because they hate each other.
Either way, here we are: its the 1 vs. 8 match-up, it’s Raps-Wiz, and it’s on the following dates at these select times:
Raptors vs. Wizards First Round Schedule
Game 1 - Saturday, April 14, 5:30pm on ESPN and Sportsnet One
Game 2 - Tuesday, April 17, 7:00pm on NBA TV and TSN
Game 3 - Friday, April 20, 8:00pm on ESPN2 and TSN 1/4/5
Game 4 - Sunday, April 22, 6:00pm on TNT and Sportsnet One
Game 5* - Wednesday, April 25, 7:00pm, TBD — and TSN
Game 6* - Friday, April 27, TBD — and Sportsnet
Game 7* - Sunday, April 29, TBD — and Sportsnet