What NBA games are on today? Sunday playoff matchups, how to watch


The remaining four Game 1s in the first round of the NBA playoffs will be played on Sunday, with the No. 1 seeds from both conferences in action. The Boston Celtics finished fourteen games ahead of everyone else in the East, while the Oklahoma City Thunder earned the top seed in the West on the final day of the regular season.

The Celtics will face a short-handed Miami Heat squad, who defeated the Chicago Bulls in the finals of the play-in tournament, and the Thunder, who are making their first postseason appearance since the 2019-20 season , will face the New Orleans Pelicans without Zion Williamson.

Here’s what you need to know about Sunday’s NBA playoff games.

Who will play in the NBA playoff games on Sunday?

How to watch Sunday’s NBA playoff games

Miami-Boston and Dallas-Los Angeles will air on ABC and can be streamed on the ESPN app. Indiana-Milwaukee and New Orleans-Oklahoma City are on TNT. Streaming also available via Fubo.

Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics: What you need to know

The Celtics have advanced through the Eastern Conference to the league’s best record and will face a Heat team that will be without the services of Jimmy Butler due to a knee injury. Conventional wisdom says Boston should make quick work of the No. 8 seed and be adequately rested when they enter the next round.

Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers: What you need to know

Which stars appear will determine the winner here: will it be Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic for the Mavericks or Paul George, James Harden and a once again thin Kawhi Leonard for the Clippers. It could be now or never for the Clippers, as the aforementioned expensive trio has yet to make a serious dent in the postseason in their time together.

Indiana Pacers vs Milwaukee Bucks: What you need to know

The Bucks, like the Clippers, are at a crossroads. Another first-round exit could mean big changes in the offseason. The Pacers won the regular season series 4-1, with all the meetings taking place before the trade deadline and the deal that sent Pascal Siakam to Indiana. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s calf injury is the big storyline here, and it will be up to Damian Lillard and the rest of the Bucks to slow down the high-flying Pacers.

New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City Thunder: What you need to know

In most playoff series, the player’s health will determine the winner here. Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is out with a hamstring injury, and Oklahoma City is returning fully healthy as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is back playing at the NBA level. The Thunder are virtually unknown in terms of playoff experience, but they are a terrible rebounding team. If the Pelicans can control the boards and get opportunities, Game 1 will be ripe for the taking.

Predictions for Sunday’s play-off games

  • Scooby Axson: Boston over Miami, LA over Dallas, Indiana over Milwaukee, Oklahoma City over New Orleans

NBA Playoff Bracket

Western Conference

  • No. 1 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 8 New Orleans Pelicans
  • No. No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 5 Dallas Mavericks
  • No. No. 3 Minnesota Timberwolves vs. No. 6 Phoenix Suns
  • No. 2 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers

Eastern Conference

  • No. 1 Boston Celtics vs. No. 8 Miami Heat
  • No. No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. No. 5 Orlando Magic
  • No. No. 3 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 6 Indiana Pacers
  • No. 2 New York Knicks vs. No. 7 Philadelphia 76ers