2018 NBA playoffs schedule, matchups and news

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The 2018 playoffs are here! We've got you covered from the first round all the way through the NBA Finals.

Key dates: 2018 NBA playoffs

April 14: First round begins | Tickets on Vivid Seats

April 30-May 1: Conference semis begin (possible move-up to April 28-29)

May 15-16: Conference finals begin (possible move-up to May 13-14)

May 31: NBA Finals begin

Best of the postseason

(1) Toronto Raptors vs. (8) Washington Wizards


Raptors use hot start to beat Wizards

Toronto scores 44 points in the first quarter and rolls to a 130-119 victory behind DeMar DeRozan's 37 points to take a 2-0 series lead.

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (7) Milwaukee Bucks


Celtics' team effort takes Game 2

Jaylen Brown scores 30 to lead six Celtics in double figures, cruising to a 120-106 win over the Bucks.

(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Miami Heat


Heat survive late push in thrilling Game 2

The Heat battle back after getting blown out in Game 1 with some big plays and late-game drama to take Game 2.

(4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (5) Indiana Pacers


Stephen A.: Cavs need Love to beat Pacers

Stephen A. Smith understands Kevin Love is not 100 percent with a hand injury, but Cleveland needs him to take pressure off LeBron James.

(1) Houston Rockets vs. (8) Minnesota Timberwolves


CP3, Rockets roll in Game 2

Despite James Harden going 2-for-18 from the field, Chris Paul scores 27 points and the Rockets defeat the Timberwolves for a 2-0 series lead.

(2) Golden State Warriors vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs


KD and Klay propel Warriors past Spurs

Kevin Durant leads Golden State with 32 points while Klay Thompson scores 24 of his 31 points in the second half to take a 2-0 series lead.

(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) New Orleans Pelicans


Time to jump on Pelicans bandwagon

Rachel Nichols says the Pelicans are shedding their reputations and writing their own story.

(4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (5) Utah Jazz


Mitchell comes up big down the stretch

Donovan Mitchell scores 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, and the Jazz even the series against the Thunder.