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April 11, 2019

NBA Playoff schedule: Sixers open with Saturday afternoon game vs. Brooklyn

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) and guard Ben Simmons (25).

The Sixers found out who they would be playing in the playoffs on Wednesday, and now that the dust has settled around the league, the full schedule for their series against the Brooklyn Nets has been revealed.

Philadelphia will play in the opening game of the NBA Playoffs on Saturday afternoon, kicking things off in South Philadelphia at 2:30 p.m. For all the Game of Thrones watchers in the city, this is excellent news, as it means there will be no conflict in your watch schedule during the first round of the playoffs.

The full playoff schedule for Philadelphia in round one (home in bold, italics for TBD games/start times):

Game 1: Saturday, April 13, 2:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2: Monday, April 15, 8:00 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Thursday, April 18, 8:00 p.m., TNT
Game 4: Saturday, April 20, 3:00 p.m., TNT
Game 5: Tuesday, April 23, TBD
Game 6: Thursday, April 25, TBD
Game 7: Saturday, April 27, TBD

Here's a look elsewhere around the league:



The Sixers have escaped being relegated to NBATV, which is really all that matters.

My own personal commentary, beyond the Game of Thrones talking point — thank goodness there are (so far) no 8:30 games on the schedule. That half hour may not seem like it makes much of a difference, but when you are running around the bottom floor of an arena late into the night and hammering away at a keyboard, you take what you can get.

Happy playoffs, everybody.

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