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Last Updated: June 7, 2021

Complete Guide to the First Round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs (6/2/2021)

Introduction

Now that the 2021 playoffs of the National Basketball League have just begun to heat up it is a great time to look at and analyze the 2021 NBA playoff landscape. Many aspects of the NBA postseason will be covered such as the match – ups, schedules, scores, news, statistics, standings, betting odds, and other applicable information regarding the 2021 NBA playoffs which started on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021.

The Eastern Conference

  • Philadelphia 76ers (1) versus Washington Wizards (8)

Game 1 = Philadelphia 76ers 125 – Washington Wizards 118

Game 2 = Philadelphia 76ers 120 – Washington Wizards 95

Game 3 = Washington Wizards 103 – Philadelphia 76ers 132

Game 4 = Washington Wizards 122 – Philadelphia 76ers 114

Game 5 = Wednesday, June 2, 2021 – Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers

NBA TV National Broadcast – 7:00 p. m. Eastern Time

Game 6 = Friday, June 4, 2021 – Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards

National Broadcast yet to be Determined – Time yet to be Determined

Game 7 = Sunday, June 6, 2021 – Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers

National Broadcast yet to be Determined – Time yet to be Determined

Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers suffered a meniscus tear, and Embiid will miss game 5 of this series. Not sure of his timetable to return to game action for the rest of this series and beyond.

  • Brooklyn Nets (2) versus Boston Celtics (7)

Game 1 = Brooklyn Nets 104 – Boston Celtics 93

Game 2 = Brooklyn Nets 130 – Boston Celtics 108

Game 3 = Boston Celtics 125 – Brooklyn Nets 119

Game 4 = Boston Celtics 126 – Brooklyn Nets 141

Game 5 = Brooklyn Nets 123 – Boston Celtics 109

The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Boston Celtics in 5 games to win this first round series of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. The Brooklyn Nets advance to the second round of the NBA postseason, and they will play the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semi – Finals.

  • Milwaukee Bucks (3) versus Miami Heat (6)

Game 1 = Milwaukee Bucks 109 – Miami Heat 107 (overtime)

Game 2 = Milwaukee Bucks 132 – Miami Heat 98

Game 3 = Miami Heat 84 – Milwaukee Bucks 113

Game 4 = Miami Heat 103 – Milwaukee Bucks 120

The Milwaukee Bucks swept the Miami Heat out of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. The Milwaukee Bucks have advanced to the second round of the NBA postseason, and they will play the Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference Semi – Finals.

  • New York Knicks (4) versus Atlanta Hawks (5)

Game 1 = New York Knicks 105 – Atlanta Hawks 107

Game 2 = New York Knicks 101 – Atlanta Hawks 92

Game 3 = Atlanta Hawks 105 – New York Knicks 94

Game 4 = Atlanta Hawks 113 – New York Knicks 96

Game 5 = Wednesday, June 2, 2021 – Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks

TNT National Broadcast – 7:30 p. m. Eastern Time

Game 6 = Friday, June 4, 2021 – New York Knicks at Atlanta Hawks

National Broadcast yet to be Determined – Time yet to be Determined

Game 7 = Sunday, June 6, 2021 – Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks

National Broadcast yet to be Determined – Time yet to be Determined

The Western Conference

  • Utah Jazz (1) versus Memphis Grizzlies (8)

Game 1 = Utah Jazz 109 – Memphis Grizzlies 112

Game 2 = Utah Jazz 141 – Memphis Grizzlies 129

Game 3 = Memphis Grizzlies 111 – Utah Jazz 121

Game 4 = Memphis Grizzlies 113 – Utah Jazz 120

Game 5 = Wednesday, June 2, 2021 – Memphis Grizzlies at Utah Jazz

NBA TV National Broadcast – 9:30 p. m. Eastern Time

Game 6 = Friday, June 4, 2021 – Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies

National Broadcast yet to be Determined – Time yet to be Determined

Game 7 = Sunday, June 6, 2021 – Memphis Grizzlies at Utah Jazz

National Broadcast yet to be Determined – Time yet to be Determined

  • Phoenix Suns (2) versus Los Angeles Lakers (7)

Game 1 = Phoenix Suns 99 – Los Angeles Lakers 90

Game 2 = Phoenix Suns 102 – Los Angeles Lakers 109

Game 3 = Los Angeles Lakers 109 – Phoenix Suns 95

Game 4 = Los Angeles Lakers 92 – Phoenix Suns 100

Game 5 = Phoenix Suns 115 – Los Angeles Lakers 85

Game 6 = Thursday, June 3, 2021 – Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers

TNT National Broadcast – 10:30 p. m. Eastern Time

Game 7 = Saturday, June 5, 2021 – Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns

National Broadcast yet to be Determined – Time yet to be Determined

The Los Angeles Lakers’ veteran superstar forward / center, Anthony Davis, missed game 5 of this series due to strained groin. His absence was greatly missed by the struggling Los Angeles Lakers who got blown out by the Phoenix Suns in game 5. Davis’ return to game action is still undetermined, but hopefully for the Los Angeles Lakers Anthony will not have to miss the rest of this series. That could be the end of the Los Angeles Lakers season if that is the case.

  • Denver Nuggets (3) versus Portland Trail Blazers (6)

Game 1 = Portland Trail Blazers 123 – Denver Nuggets 109

Game 2 = Portland Trail Blazers 109 – Denver Nuggets 128

Game 3 = Denver Nuggets 120 – Portland Trail Blazers 115

Game 4 = Denver Nuggets 95 – Portland Trail Blazers 115

Game 5 = Portland Trail Blazers 140 – Denver Nuggets 147 (double overtime)

Game 6 = Thursday, June 3, 2021 – Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers TNT National Broadcast – 8:00 p. m. Eastern Time

Game 7 = Saturday, June 5, 2021 – Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets

National Broadcast yet to be Determined – Time yet to be Determined

  • Los Angeles Clippers (4) versus Dallas Mavericks (5)

Game 1 = Los Angeles Clippers 103 – Dallas Mavericks 113

Game 2 = Los Angeles Clippers 121 – Dallas Mavericks 127

Game 3 = Dallas Mavericks 108 – Los Angeles Clippers 118

Game 4 = Dallas Mavericks 81 – Los Angeles Clippers 106

Game 5 = Wednesday, June 2, 2021 – Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers

TNT National Broadcast – 10:00 p. m. Eastern Time

Game 6 = Friday, June 4, 2021 – Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks

National Broadcast yet to be Determined – Time yet to be Determined

Game 7 = Sunday, June 6, 2021 – Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers

National Broadcast yet to be Determined – Time yet to be Determined

Eastern Conference NBA Standings (as of Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021)

1.) Philadelphia 76ers 49 – 23 0 Games Behind

2.) Brooklyn Nets 48 – 24 1 Games Behind

3.) Milwaukee Bucks 46 – 26 3 Games Behind

4.) New York Knicks 41 – 31 8 Games Behind

5.) Atlanta Hawks 41 – 31 8 Games Behind

6.) Miami Heat 40 – 32 9 Games Behind

7.) Boston Celtics 36 – 36 13 Games Behind

8.) Washington Wizards 34 – 38 15 Games Behind

Indiana Pacers 34 – 38 15 Games Behind

Charlotte Hornets 33 – 39 16 Games Behind

Chicago Bulls 31 – 41 18 Games Behind

Toronto Raptors 27 – 45 22 Games Behind

Cleveland Cavaliers 22 – 50 27 Games Behind

Orlando Magic 21 – 51 28 Games Behind

Detroit Pistons 20 – 52 29 Games Behind

Western Conference NBA Standings (as of Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021)

1.) Utah Jazz 52 – 20 0 Games Behind

2.) Phoenix Suns 51 – 21 1 Games Behind

3.) Denver Nuggets 47 – 25 5 Games Behind

4.) Los Angeles Clippers 47 – 25 5 Games Behind

5.) Dallas Mavericks 42 – 30 10 Games Behind

6.) Portland Trail Blazers 42 – 30 10 Games Behind

7.) Los Angeles Lakers 42 – 30 10 Games Behind

8.) Memphis Grizzlies 38 – 34 14 Games Behind

Golden State Warriors 39 – 33 13 Games Behind

San Antonio Spurs 33 – 39 19 Games Behind

New Orleans Pelicans 31 – 41 21 Games Behind

Sacramento Kings 31 – 41 21 Games Behind

Minnesota Timberwolves 23 – 49 29 Games Behind

Oklahoma City Thunder 22 – 50 30 Games Behind

Houston Rockets 17 – 55 35 Games Behind

Odds to Win the 2020 – 2021 NBA Championship

For those interested in sports betting!!! According to My Bookie Sportsbook these are the odds as of Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021 to win the 2020 – 2021 NBA championship outright.

Team                                       Odds
Brooklyn Nets                          +175
Los Angeles Lakers                +1000
Milwaukee Bucks                    +550
Utah Jazz                                +400
Philadelphia 76ers                  +1000
Dallas Mavericks                    +8000
Los Angeles Clippers               +550
Phoenix Suns                         +1200
Portland Blazers                     +8000
Denver Nuggets                      +2000
Miami Heat                             +30000
Atlanta Hawks                         +4000
New York Knicks                    +35000
Memphis Grizzlies                 +100000
Boston Celtics                         +35000
Washington Wizards               +50000

 

Sources:

“NBA playoffs 2021: Matchups, schedules and news for every first-round series”, espn.com, June 2, 2021.

“NBA Standings 2020 – 21”, espn.com, June 2, 2021.

“United States, NBA Futures – NBA 2020 / 21 Championship: To Win Outright”, mybookie.ag, June 2, 2021.


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