NBA playoff schedule 2021: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for play-in, playoff games

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It hasn't been an easy NBA season, but the league managed to navigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and reach the playoff stage.

This year's postseason will look slightly different with the addition of the play-in tournament, which will expand the field from 16 to 20 total teams. But when it comes down to the playoff bracket, the mission is still the same: Win 16 games, and capture the Larry O'Brien trophy.

Here's everything you need to know about watching the 2021 NBA playoffs, including TV schedules for playoff games.

MORE: Watch select NBA playoff games live with fuboTV (7-day trial)

NBA playoff bracket 2021

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How to watch NBA playoff games

NBA playoff games will once again be split between ESPN and TNT. First- and second-round games are scattered across both networks. Every NBA Finals game will be shown exclusively on ABC.

The primary outlets for live streaming 2021 NBA playoff games are Watch ESPN and Watch TNT, both available on desktop and by downloading the mobile apps.

Games on ABC and ESPN can also be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

NBA playoff schedule 2021

(All times Eastern)

June 23

Game Time National TV
Hawks vs. Bucks 8:30 p.m. TNT

June 24

Game Time National TV
Suns vs. Clippers 9 p.m. ESPN

June 25

Game Time National TV
Hawks vs. Bucks 8:30 p.m. TNT

June 26

Game Time National TV
Suns vs. Clippers 9 p.m. ESPN

June 27

Game Time National TV
Bucks vs. Hawks 8:30 p.m. TNT

June 28

Game Time National TV
*Clippers vs. Suns 9 p.m. ESPN

June 29

Game Time National TV
Bucks vs. Hawks 8:30 p.m. TNT

June 30

Game Time National TV
*Suns vs. Clippers 9 p.m. ESPN

July 1

Game Time National TV
*Hawks vs. Bucks 8:30 p.m. TNT

July 2

Game Time National TV
*Clippers vs. Suns 9 p.m. ESPN

July 3

Game Time National TV
*Bucks vs. Hawks 8:30 p.m. TNT

July 5

Game Time National TV
*Hawks vs. Bucks 8:30 p.m. TNT

* If necessary

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