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When Do NBA Playoffs Start 2021? Schedule, Times, Dates & Play-In Tournament Info

Isaiah De Los Santos
When do NBA Playoffs start? 2021 NBA Playoffs schedule, times, dates and play-in tournament info.
When do NBA Playoffs start? 2021 NBA Playoffs schedule, times, dates and play-in tournament info. / Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images
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The 2021 NBA Playoffs will kick off soon with the regular season wrapping up play on Saturday, May 16. The addition of the 2021 NBA Play-In Tournament will make things even more exciting this year.

When Do NBA Playoffs Start?

Here's everything you need to know about the start of the 2021 NBA Playoffs and Play-In Tournament.

NBA Playoff 2021 Start

The NBA Play-In Tournament will precede the start of the 2021 playoffs. The play-in tournament will begin on Tuesday, May 18 and wrap up on Friday, May 21. Then the 2021 NBA Playoffs will officially start on Saturday, May 22.

NBA Playoffs 2021 Schedule

The 2021 NBA Playoffs will begin on May 22 after the NBA Play-In Tournament runs from May 18-21. The NBA Playoffs will run no longer than July 22, which is the scheduled date for Game 7 of the NBA Finals (if it's needed).

NBA Finals 2021 Dates

This year's NBA Finals starts on Thursday, July 8 and will run no later than Thursday, July 22.

NBA Playoff Bracket 2021

You can find the full NBA Playoffs standings and bracket here.


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