NBA Playoff Games Tonight: How to Watch Round 1 on Saturday (April 16)

Adam Taylor McKillop
NBA Playoff games tonight: how to watch Round 1 games, including predictions and start times on Saturday, April 16.
NBA Playoff games tonight: how to watch Round 1 games, including predictions and start times on Saturday, April 16. / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Playoffs officially kick off on Saturday, April 16th with four first round games. The first game between the Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks tips off at 1 p.m. ET and rolls on to the day's finale at 8:30 p.m. ET between the Denver Nuggets vs Golden State Warriors.

The other two games on Saturday's schedule include the Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers.

NBA Playoff Games Tonight

The Duel has taken a look at the betting odds and predictions for both play-in tournament games today. Check out the links below for our full betting preview and predictions for each matchup.

NBA Playoff Predictions

Taken from the betting previews above, here are the predictions for today's NBA games:

  • Mavericks (51.9%) def. Jazz (48.1%)
  • Grizzlies (77.6%) def. Timberwolves (22.4%)
  • 76ers (63.9%) def. Raptors (36.1%)
  • Warriors (69.6%) def. Nuggets (30.4%)

How to Watch Jazz vs Mavericks

The Jazz take on the Mavericks at 1 p.m. ET. This game will air live on ESPN at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. Dallas enters this Western Conference first round series at the No. 4 seed, and will hold home-court advantage against the 5-seed Jazz.

How to Watch Timberwolves vs Grizzlies

Following the Jazz-Mavericks, the Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Memphis Grizzlies at 3:30 p.m. ET. This game will also air live on ESPN, with coverage coming from the FedExForum in Memphis, TN.

Minnesota will open this Western Conference series on the road at the conference's No. 7 seed. Memphis is the 2-seed after a stellar 56-26 regular season.

How to Watch Raptors vs 76ers

The third game on tonight's slate is the Raptors vs 76ers. This game tips off at 6 p.m. ET and will air live on ESPN. Toronto is the Eastern Conference 5-seed and the 4-seed 76ers host this game at home, the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

How to Watch Nuggets vs Warriors

Last up on the slate is the Nuggets vs Warriors at 8:30 p.m. ET. This game airs live on ABC from the Chase Center in San Francisco, CA. Denver enters the postseason as the Western Conferences 6-seed, and the Warriors play at home as the 3-seed.

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