2016 NBA Playoffs Schedule, Brackets, Dates

The 2016 NBA playoffs season is started from 16th April. First Round schedule is announced with the NBA Playoffs bracket. This is the postseason tournament for NBA 2015-16 season. After the Playoffs NBA 2016 Finals are played. As the regular season are over and it’s now time for playoffs. Toronto Raptors will start the first match of NBA Playoffs against Indian Pacers on 16th April.

Golden State Warriors finished the regular season with the best season in the history of NBA with 73 Games won breaking the record of Chicago bulls of 72 wins in 1995-96. This is Warriors 4 consecutive playoffs entry.

2016 NBA Playoffs Schedule, Brackets, Dates

Format:

The NBA playoffs consist of 16 teams, with eight in each conference. From the each conference, 3 Division winners and 5 non-division winners having the most no of wins will qualify for the playoffs. The seedings are based on team’s record in regular season. All round are played with best of 7 series including the NBA Finals are in 2-2-1-1-1 format.

Seeding:

The 8 playoffs qualified teams are seeded on the records of the regular season. If two teams finish the regular season with same records than the team who wins regular season series will be seeded. If regular season series is tied than division champions are seeded.

Qualified Teams:

Eastern ConferenceWestern Conference
Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors
 Toronto RaptorsSan Antonio Spurs
Miami HeatOklahoma City Thunder
Atlanta HawksLos Angeles Clippers
Boston CelticsPortland Trail Blazers
Charlotte HornetsDallas Mavericks
Indiana PacersMemphis Grizzlies
Detroit PistonsHouston Rockets

Bracket:

The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team’s seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round.

2016 NBA Playoffs Schedule, Brackets, Dates

Complete first-round schedule

1. Warriors vs. 8. Rockets

GAME 1 – Warriors 104, Rockets 78

GAME 2 – Warriors 115, Rockets 106

GAME 3 – Warriors at Rockets: Thu. April 21, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT

GAME 4 – Warriors at Rockets: Sun, April 24, 3:30 p.m., ABC

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

GAME 2 – Spurs 94, Grizzlies 68

GAME 3 – Spurs at Grizzlies, Fri. April 22, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

GAME 4 – Spurs at Grizzlies, Sun. April 24, 1 p.m. ET, ABC

GAME 5* – Grizzlies at Spurs, Tue. April 26, TBD, TBD

GAME 6* – Spurs at Grizzlies, Thu. April 28, TBD, TBD

GAME 7* – Grizzlies at Spurs, Sat. April 30, TBD, TBD

3. Thunder vs. 6. Mavericks

GAME 1 – Thunder 108, Mavericks 70

GAME 2 – Mavericks 85, Thunder 84

GAME 3 – Thunder at Mavericks, Thu. April 21, 7 p.m. ET, TNT

GAME 4 – Thunder at Mavericks, Sat. April 23, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

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

GAME 2 – Blazers at Clippers, Wed. April 20, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT

GAME 3 – Clippers at Blazers, Sat. April 23, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

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

GAME 2 – Pistons at Cavaliers, Wed. April 20, 8 p.m. ET, TNT

GAME 3 – Cavaliers at Pistons, Fri. April 22, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

GAME 4 – Cavaliers at Pistons, Sun. April 24, 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT

GAME 5* – Pistons at Cavaliers, Tue. April 26, TBD, TBD

GAME 6* – Cavaliers at Pistons, Thu. April 28, TBD, TBD

GAME 7* – Pistons at Cavaliers, Sat. April 30, TBD, TNT

2. Raptors vs. 7. Pacers

GAME 1 – Pacers 100, Raptors 90

GAME 2 – Raptors 98, Pacers 87

GAME 3 – Raptors at Pacers, Thu. April 21, 7:30 p.m ET, NBATV

GAME 4 – Raptors at Pacers, Sat. April 23, 3 p.m. ET, TNT

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

GAME 2 – Hornets at Heat, Wed. April 20, 7 p.m. ET, NBATV

GAME 3 – Heat at Hornets, Sat. April 23, 5:30 p.m. ET, TNT

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

GAME 2 – Hawks 89, Celtics 72

GAME 3 – Hawks at Celtics, Fri. April 22, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2

GAME 4 – Hawks at Celtics, Sun. April 24, 6 p.m. ET, TNT

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