2018 NBA playoffs schedule, matchups and news

Heat, 76ers literally playing to final whistle (0:59)

The 76ers took some offense to Goran Dragic's late-game layup in Game 2, so they tried to return the favor Thursday night. (0:59)

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


How the Raptors have a 2-0 lead

With the aid of Second Spectrum, take a look at how the Raptors have jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Wizards.

(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


Embiid's return sparks 76ers past Heat

Joel Embiid scores 23 points in his postseason debut as the 76ers beat the Heat 128-108 to take a 2-1 series lead.

(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


Durant, Warriors take 3-0 lead against the Spurs

Kevin Durant scores 26 points and leaves the game early after rolling his ankle as Golden State beats San Antonio 110-97 for a 3-0 series lead.

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


Davis, Mirotic spur Pelicans to 3-0 series lead

Nikola Mirotic pours in 30 points and Anthony Davis adds 28 of his own as the Pelicans crush the Trail Blazers 119-102 to take a 3-0 lead.

(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.