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2024 NBA playoffs bracket, schedule, games today, scores: Lakers avoid the sweep, OKC and Celtics both win

The NBA playoffs are underway, and the action has never been hotter. The Magic have overcome a 2-0 series hole to tie things up at 2-2 with a 112-89 win over the Cavaliers on Saturday. Then, the Oklahoma City Thunder took a commanding 3-0 series lead over New Orleans, while the Celtics jumped ahead to 2-1 over the Heat. To close out Saturday, the Lakers finally got a win over the Nuggets to avoid a sweep.

On Friday, the third-seeded Timberwolves gained a 3-0 series lead after their latest 126-109 win at the Suns. They are just one win away from the second round.

Elsewhere, the Pacers protected their home court with a thrilling 121-118 win in overtime as Tyrese Haliburton hit the game-winner with a few seconds left to beat the Bucks, and in Friday’s other playoff game, the Mavericks walked away with a 2-1 series lead after they topped the Clippers 101-90.

Another four games will close out the weekend, with the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers playing Game 4. The Wolves, Suns, Bucks, Pacers and Mavs will also be in action throughout the day.

The first round of these NBA playoffs will run through May 5. Here’s how CBS Sports experts are picking their brackets.

Sunday’s playoff games

  • Game 4: Knicks vs. 76ers, 1 p.m., ABC — NY leads 2-1
  • Game 4: Clippers vs. Mavericks, 3:30 p.m., ABC — DAL leads 2-1
  • Game 4: Bucks vs. Pacers, 7 p.m., TNT — IND leads 2-1
  • Game 4: Timberwolves vs. Suns, 9:30 p.m., TNT — MIN leads 3-0

Below is a look at the complete playoff bracket. You can see the full playoff schedule here.

2024 NBA playoff bracket

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Kim O’Reilly, CBS Sports

First-round scores, series schedules

(All times Eastern)

Celtics vs. Heat
Game 1: Celtics 114, Heat 94
Game 2: Heat 111, Celtics 101
Game 3: Celtics 104, Heat 84
Game 4: Monday, April 29, TBD
Game 5: Wednesday, May 1, TBD
Game 6*: Friday, May 3, TBD
Game 7*: Sunday, May 5, TBD

Knicks vs. 76ers
Game 1: Knicks 111, 76ers 104
Game 2: Knicks 104, 76ers 101
Game 3: 76ers 125, Knicks 114
Game 4: Sunday, April 28, 1 p.m., ABC/fubo
Game 5: Tuesday, April 30, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 6*: Thursday, May 2, TBD
Game 7*: Saturday, May 4, TBD

Bucks vs. Pacers
Game 1: Bucks 109, Pacers 94
Game 2: Pacers 125, Bucks 108
Game 3: Pacers 121, Bucks 118 (OT)
Game 4: Sunday, April 28, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 5: Tuesday, April 30, TBD
Game 6*: Thursday, May 2, TBD
Game 7*: Saturday, May 4, TBD

Cavaliers vs. Magic
Game 1: Cavaliers 97, Magic 83
Game 2: Cavaliers 96, Magic 86
Game 3: Magic 121, Cavaliers 83
Game 4: Magic 112, Cavaliers 89 
Game 5: Tuesday, April 30, TBD
Game 6*: Friday, May 3, TBD
Game 7*: Sunday, May 5, TBD

Thunder vs. Pelicans
Game 1: Thunder 94, Pelicans 92
Game 2: Thunder 124, Pelicans 92
Game 3: Thunder 106, Pelicans 85
Game 4: Monday, April 29, TBD
Game 5*: Wednesday, May 1, TBD
Game 6*: Friday, May 3, TBD
Game 7*: Sunday, May 5, TBD

Nuggets vs. Lakers
Game 1: Nuggets 114, Lakers 103
Game 2: Nuggets 101, Lakers 99
Game 3: Nuggets 112, Lakers 105
Game 4: Lakers 119, Nuggets 108
Game 5*: Monday, April 29, 10 p.m., TNT
Game 6*: Thursday, May 2, TBD
Game 7*: Saturday, May 4, TBD

Timberwolves vs. Suns
Game 1: Timberwolves 120, Suns 95
Game 2: Timberwolves 105, Suns 93
Game 3: Timberwolves 126, Suns 109
Game 4: Sunday, April 28, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 5*: Tuesday, April 30, TBD
Game 6*: Thursday, May 2, TBD
Game 7*: Saturday, May 4, TBD

Clippers vs. Mavericks
Game 1: Clippers 109, Mavericks 97
Game 2: Mavericks 96, Clippers 93
Game 3: Mavericks 101, Clippers 90
Game 4: Sunday, April 28, 3:30 p.m., ABC/fubo
Game 5: Wednesday, May 1, TBD
Game 6*: Friday, May 3, TBD
Game 7*: Sunday, May 5, TBD

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