NBA playoffs 2016: Complete schedule, scores, format and more

The schedule for the first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs is out. Follow along here.

The regular season is over and the field is set, which means it’s time to get ready for the 2016 NBA Playoffs. It all begin Saturday, April 16 with four games, as the league announced following the conclusion of season finales Wednesday. The Raptors will get things started with a Saturday afternoon game against the Pacers.

Much of the playoff seeding was already set prior to the final day of the season, but there was still some business to be sorted out. The Houston Rockets clinched the No. 8 seed in the West with a win over the Sacramento Kings, while the Miami Heat clinched the East’s No. 3 seed by winning their division despite a season finale loss to Boston.

Houston gets the poor fortune of a first-round matchup against the Golden State Warriors, while the San Antonio Spurs will get the injury-ravaged Memphis Grizzlies. The Oklahoma City Thunder will take on the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers get the Portland Trail Blazers in the other two West matchups.

The Cleveland Cavaliers finished first in the East and are set to face the Detroit Pistons in the first round. Toronto finished second and will face Indiana, while a four-way tie for third resulted in the Heat getting home-court advantage against the Hornets and the Hawks squaring off against the Celtics.

The NBA Finals are set to begin June 2 and will be broadcast on ABC. The first-round games will be on several networks, including ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, TNT and NBA TV.

The format

The NBA playoffs consists 16 teams, with eight in each conference. They play best-of-seven series until the East and the West crown their champions. At that point, the two remaining teams square off in the NBA finals.

The teams

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Cleveland Cavaliers

No. 2 Toronto Raptors

No. 3 Miami Heat

No, 4 Atlanta Hawks

No. 5 Boston Celtics

No. 6 Charlotte Hornets

No. 7 Indiana Pacers

No. 8 Detroit Pistons

Western Conference

No. 1 Golden State Warriors

No. 2 San Antonio Spurs

No. 3 Oklahoma City Thunder

No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers

No. 5 Portland Trail Blazers

No. 6 Dallas Mavericks

No. 7 Memphis Grizzlies

No. 8 Houston Rockets

Complete first-round schedule

1. Warriors vs. 8. Rockets

GAME 1 – Warriors 104, Rockets 78 (recap)

GAME 2 – Warriors 115, Rockets 106 (recap)

GAME 3 – Rockets 97, Warriors 96 (recap)

GAME 4 – Warriors 121, Rockets 94 (recap)

GAME 5 – Rockets at Warriors: Wed. April 27, TBD, TBD

GAME 6* – Warriors at Rockets, Fri. April 29, TBD, TBD

GAME 7* – Rockets at Warriors, Sun. May 1, TBD, TBD

2. Spurs vs. 7 Grizzlies

GAME 1 - Spurs 106, Grizzlies 74 (recap)

GAME 2 – Spurs 94, Grizzlies 68 (recap)

GAME 3 – Spurs 96, Grizzlies 87 (recap)

GAME 4 – Spurs 116, Grizzlies 95 (recap)

Spurs win series, 4-0

3. Thunder vs. 6. Mavericks

GAME 1 – Thunder 108, Mavericks 70 (recap)

GAME 2 – Mavericks 85, Thunder 84 (recap)

GAME 3 – Thunder 131, 102 Mavericks (recap)

GAME 4 – Thunder 119, Mavericks 108 (recap)

GAME 5 – Mavericks at Thunder, Mon. April 25, TBD, TBD

GAME 6* – Thunder at Mavericks, Thu. April 28, TBD, TBD

GAME 7* – Mavericks at Thunder, Sat. April 30, TBD, TNT

4. Clippers vs. 5. Blazers

GAME 1 – Clippers 115, Blazers 95 (recap)

GAME 2 – Clippers 102, Blazers 81 (recap)

GAME 3 – Blazers 96, Clippers 88 (recap)

GAME 4 – Clippers at Blazers, Mon. April 25, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT

GAME 5 – Blazers at Clippers, Wed. April 27, TBD, TBD

GAME 6* – Clippers at Blazers, Fri. April 29, TBD, TBD

GAME 7* – Blazers at Clippers, Sun. May 1, TBD, TBD

1. Cavaliers vs. 8. Pistons

GAME 1 - Cavaliers 106, Pistons 101 (recap)

GAME 2 - Cavaliers 107, Pistons 90 (recap)

GAME 3 – Cavaliers 101, Pistons 91 (recap)

GAME 4 – Cavaliers 100, Pistons 98 (recap)

Cavaliers win series 4-0

2. Raptors vs. 7. Pacers,

GAME 1 – Pacers 100, Raptors 90 (recap)

GAME 2 – Raptors 98, Pacers 87 (recap)

GAME 3 – Raptors 108, Pacers 85 (recap)

GAME 4 – Pacers 100, Raptors 83 (recap)

GAME 5 – Pacers at Raptors, Tue. April 26, TBD, TBD

GAME 6 – Raptors at Pacers, Fri. April 29, TBD, TBD

GAME 7* – Pacers at Raptors, Sun. May 1, TBD, TBD

3. Heat vs. 6. Hornets

GAME 1 – Heat 123, Hornets 91 (recap)

GAME 2 – Heat 115, Hornets 103 (recap)

GAME 3 – Hornets 96, Heat 80 (recap)

GAME 4 – Heat at Hornets, Mon. April 25, TBD, TBD

GAME 5 – Hornets at Heat, Wed. April 27, TBD, TBD

GAME 6* – Heat at Hornets, Fri. April 29, TBD, TBD

GAME 7* – Hornets at Heat, Sun. May 1, TBD, TBD

4. Hawks vs. 5. Celtics

GAME 1 – Hawks 102, Celtics 101 (recap)

GAME 2 – Hawks 89, Celtics 72 (recap)

GAME 3 – Celtics 111, Hawks 103 (recap)

GAME 4 – Celtics 104, Hawks 95 OT (recap)

GAME 5 – Celtics at Hawks, Tue. April 26, TBD, TBD

GAME 6 – Hawks at Celtics, Thu. April 28, TBD, TBD

GAME 7* – Celtics at Hawks, Sat. April 30, TBD, TNT

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