NBA playoffs 2022: Complete second-round matchups, schedules and newson April 30, 2022 at 2:47 pm

The NBA postseason is here, and it’s shaping up to be a wide-open chase to the 2022 title.

The Phoenix Suns ran away with the league’s best regular-season record — eight games clear of the second-best Memphis Grizzlies. Devin Booker, Chris Paul and the reigning Western Conference champs are on a mission to redeem themselves after last season’s six-game Finals defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks, and survived an injury to Booker to knock out the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round.

Plenty of West contenders still stand in the Suns’ way, including Ja Morant and the Grizzlies, Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors, who are back in the playoffs for the first time since reaching the Finals in 2019.

In the East, the defending champion Bucks are the 3-seed in a log-jammed conference — the top-seeded Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers were separated by just two games in the final regular season standings and all advanced to the second round.

Here’s all the info you need for each conference semifinals matchup, including game recaps, news and series-by-series analysis.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE

Game 1: 76ers at Heat, Monday, 7:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 2: 76ers at Heat, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3: Heat at 76ers, Friday, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 4: Heat at 76ers, Sunday May 8, 8 p.m. (TNT)
Game 5*: 76ers at Heat, Tuesday May 10, TBD (TNT)
Game 6*: Heat at 76ers, Thursday May 12, TBD (ESPN)
Game 7*: 76ers at Heat, Sunday May 15, TBD
*If necessary

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Danilo Gallinari is forced to throw a bad pass and Bam Adebayo comes up with the steal to seal the Heat’s win vs. the Hawks in Game 5.

Game 1: Bucks at Celtics, Sunday, 1 p.m. (ABC)
Game 2: Bucks at Celtics, Tuesday, 7 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3: Celtics at Bucks, Saturday May 7, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Game 4: Celtics at Bucks, Monday May 9, 7:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 5*: Bucks at Celtics, Wednesday May 11, TBD (TNT)
Game 6*: Celtics at Bucks, Friday May 13, TBD (ESPN)
Game 7*: Bucks at Celtics, Sunday May 15, TBD
*If necessary

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Monica McNutt discusses what to expect in the upcoming Eastern Conference semifinals matchup between the Bucks and Celtics.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Game 1: Mavericks at Suns, Monday, 10:00 p.m. (TNT)
Game 2: Mavericks at Suns, Wednesday, 10:00 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3: Suns at Mavericks, Friday, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 4: Suns at Mavericks, Sunday May 8, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 5*: Mavericks at Suns, Tuesday May 10, TBD (TNT)
Game 6*: Suns at Mavericks, Thursday May 12, TBD (ESPN)
Game 7*: Mavericks at Suns, Sunday May 15, TBD
*If necessary

Paul’s perfect night from field helps Suns close out Pelicans

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Bridges joins list of greats in powering Suns to Game 5 win

A star guard has arrived in Dallas — the price to keep him there just went up

Why no NBA playoff team comes close to these Suns

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Chris Paul goes a perfect 14-for-14 from the field as the Suns defeat the Pelicans 115-109 to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

Game 1: Warriors at Grizzlies, Sunday, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Game 2: Warriors at Grizzlies, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3: Grizzlies at Warriors, Saturday May 7, 8:30 p.m. (ABC)
Game 4: Grizzlies at Warriors, Monday May 9, 10:00 p.m. (TNT)
Game 5*: Warriors at Grizzlies, Wednesday May 11, TBD (TNT)
Game 6*: Grizzlies at Warriors, Friday May 13, TBD (ESPN)
Game 7*: Warriors at Grizzlies, Monday May 16, TBD (TNT)
*If necessary

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Warriors lose Iguodala (neck) for at least a week

Meet the new lineup that has Golden State into the second round

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Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks celebrate the Grizzlies’ victory over the Timberwolves by doing the Griddy on the logo in Minnesota.

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