View Full Version : Part of Playoff schedule determined. Bulls and Heat open up Saturday

04-13-2011, 07:21 PM

The NBA playoffs begin on Saturday with four games on the ESPN/ABC family of networks.

The Chicago Bulls, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, will host the eighth-seeded Indiana Pacers at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.

ABC, the home of the NBA Finals, will pick up the action at 3:30 p.m. ET with the Miami Heat, the No. 2 seed in the East, hosting the No. 7 Philadelphia 76ers. That game also will air on ESPN Radio.

ESPN will broadcast two more games on Saturday, with the fifth-seeded Atlanta Hawks visiting the No. 4 Orlando Magic at 7 p.m. ET and a Western Conference playoff game to be determined at 9:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the New York Knicks will travel to Boston to face the third-seeded Celtics at 7 p.m. That game will air on TNT, which is also broadcasting NBA playoff games.

The Bulls are locked in as the top seed in the East and can wrap up home-court advantage throughout the playoffs if they beat the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday and the San Antonio Spurs lose at Phoenix.

The reverse is also true: If the Spurs, who have clinched the West's No. 1 seed, beat the Suns on Wednesday and the Bulls lose, San Antonio will claim home court. If the Bulls and Spurs finish tied, home-court advantage between the two would be determined by random drawing.

04-13-2011, 07:44 PM
The first playoff round is always so much easier in the East compared to the West. :facepalm:

04-13-2011, 07:51 PM
NO DISRESPECT But the Bulls should just rest DRose through the first round man

04-13-2011, 08:09 PM