The NBA lets more than half of its teams into the playoffs, which leads to what feels like around-the-clock high-stakes games for weeks on end. The action is non-stop — until it stops.
As the number of teams still standing dwindles, so does the number of games. That's going to lead to a handful of off-days even with so much still up in the air.
As we approach a Game 7 between the Celtics and 76ers and the conference finals to bring the season one step closer to a conclusion, the remaining schedule is taking shape.
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Here's what you need to know about the upcoming NBA playoff schedule, including whether any games are scheduled for Saturday.
Is there an NBA game today?
There is no NBA game on Saturday.
While off-days sometimes occur because of a series ending early, Saturday was a built-in off-day on the 2023 schedule. The NBA was aiming for a potential Game 7 tripleheader on Mother's Day; it will get one game instead, with the Celtics and 76ers facing off for a trip to the Eastern Conference finals.
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Had the Suns defeated the Nuggets in Game 6 and forced a Game 7, those teams would have gotten an extra day of rest and waited until Sunday.
The Knicks-Heat and Warriors-Lakers series ended Friday night, with Miami eliminating New York and Los Angeles dethroning reigning champion Golden State. There was no scenario that would have allowed either series to have a Game 7 on Saturday. Warriors-Lakers would have concluded Sunday, while Knicks-Heat would have wrapped Monday.
The Western Conference finals are set to start Tuesday night in Denver, while the Eastern Conference finals will begin Wednesday night in Boston or Philadelphia.
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NBA playoffs schedule
Sunday, May 14
|Game||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Game 7||76ers vs. Celtics||3:30 p.m.||ABC|
Sports on TV today
It's a spring weekend, so there will still be a few viewing options for sports fans on Saturday.
There is one NHL playoff game: the Kraken will host the Stars in Game 6 and fight to extend their season.
The XFL season will come to an end with a battle between the D.C. Defenders and Arlington Renegades in the championship game.
A full slate of MLB action is scheduled. Fox will broadcast Padres-Dodgers and Astros-White Sox to regional audiences Saturday night.
On the PGA Tour, the AT&T Byron Nelson continues with Round 3 action before next week's PGA Championship.
Rolando Romero and Ismael Barroso highlight the night in boxing, with the undercard starting at 9 p.m. ET and the main event expected to start close to 11:30 p.m. ET.
- NHL: Stars vs. Kraken Game 6, 7 p.m. ET
- XFL: Defenders vs. Renegades XFL championship game, 8 p.m. ET
- MLB: Padres-Dodgers, Astros-White Sox, 7:15 p.m. ET
- PGA Tour: AT&T Byron Nelson Round 3; leaders tee off at 12:05 p.m. ET.
- LIV Golf: LIV Golf Tulsa second round, 12:15 p.m. ET
- Boxing: Rolando Romero vs. Ismael Barroso, 9 p.m. ET