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How and where to watch NBA playoffs Monday April 18

The NBA playoffs are off and running with three round-one matchups tonight in both conferences with a chance to either pull ahead or avenge a loss

Jeffrey May
Update:
Apr 16, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts next to Denver Nuggets guard Bryn Forbes (6) after making a basket while being fouled in the fourth quarter during game one of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Cary EdmondsonUSA TODAY Sports

Monday sees the NBA playoffs move to the second games of the round one series with three matchups tonight. The early games sees the Raptors seeking to even the score in Philly, after their humiliating 131-111 defeat on Saturday, and the Jazz trying to pull out further ahead of Dallas after squeaking through 99-93 in game one.

With a later start out on the West Coast, the Nuggets and Warriors will get started a bit later and Denver will try to stem some of the bleeding from their 123-107 loss in the first game.

Eastern Conference

Toronto Raptors @ Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers look unstoppable tonight, dominating Game 1 in every aspect. Even with Toronto neutralizing Embiid with physicality, Philly had an answer with Maxey picking up the slack. If Toronto is without Scottie Barnes and Thaddeus Young, look for the 76ers to run the floor.

TV: NBC Sports

Utah Jazz @ Dallas Mavericks

Two very evenly matched sides going into tonight’s game, the Mavs are without Luka Doncic and will likely try to extend their plan of shutting down Donovan Mitchell defensively. The Jazz were still able to execute fairly consistently in game one and if they can find a way to get Mitchell freed up, should extend their lead on the Mavs.

TV: AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, Bally Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Southwest

Denver Nuggets @ Golden State Warriors

Both of these teams have been decimated by injury this season, and the real difference in the two is the depth of quality in the Warriors lineup. Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were able to fill the breach and with Nikola Jokic struggling to single-handedly steady the Denver side, it was just too much to handle. If the Nuggets can’t get him some help, Golden State will just outclass them from start to finish.

TV: NBC Sports

NBA playoffs matchups for Monday, April 18

3 games

All times are ET.

  • Toronto Raptors @ Philadelphia 76ers 7:30 p.m.
  • Utah Jazz @ Dallas Mavericks 8:30 p.m.
  • Denver Nuggets @ Golden State Warriors 10:00 p.m.

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