Milwaukee Bucks First Round Playoff Schedule 2023 (Times, Dates and TV Channel for Opening Series)
By Larry Rupp
The Milwaukee Bucks are headed back to the NBA Playoffs for the seventh straight season following a dominant 2022-23 regular season. Head coach Mike Budenholzer's team has its sights set on capturing its second Larry O'Brien Trophy in three years, but up first is an opening round series against a No. 8 seed.
Here's everything you need to know about the Bucks' first round series.
What Seed Are the Bucks in the 2023 NBA Playoffs?
The Bucks ended the regular season with a 58-24 record, which was good enough to finish No. 1 in the Eastern Conference. As is tradition, the 1-seed faces the 8-seed in the first round of the playoffs. The 8-seed in the East could end up being one of four NBA teams; the Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors or Chicago Bulls.
The No. 8 seed will be determined via the NBA's Play-In Tournament. The loser of the Heat-Hawks matchup will take on the winner of the Raptors-Bulls showdown. The victor in that game will earn the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and a date with the Bucks in the opening round.
Who Are the Bucks Playing in the 2023 Playoffs?
As the 1-seed, the Bucks will play the to-be-determined 8-seed in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. This will be a typical best-of-seven series that follows the 2-2-1-1-1 format. That means the better seed (Milwaukee) will host Games 1 and 2, plus Games 5 and 7 if those are necessary. The worse seed (Miami, Atlanta, Toronto or Chicago) hosts Games 3 and 4, plus Game 6 if that is necessary.
Looking ahead, if the Bucks win this series and advance, they would face either the 4-seed Cleveland Cavaliers or the 5-seed New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference semifinals, as the NBA playoff matchups do not re-seed in each round.
Bucks First Round Playoffs Schedule 2023
The Bucks' first round playoff schedule is not fully set yet. We'll update this space once Milwaukee's full series information is available.
Sunday, April 16 / 5:30 p.m. ET
Wednesday, April 19 / 9 p.m. ET
Saturday, April 22 / 7:30 p.m. ET
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