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When do the NBA conference finals start? What we know about the East and West Finals so far

Three teams have advanced to the conference finals so far.

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The Boston Celtics are heading back to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Top-seeded Boston eliminated the No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the 2024 NBA playoffs on Wednesday. The C's five-game series win over the Cavs booked the franchise's third straight trip to the conference finals and sixth trip in the last eight years.

Eyeing a second NBA Finals appearance in three years, the Celtics will have to go through the No. 6 Indiana Pacers. So, when will the East Finals get underway?

As the next round approaches, here's what to know about the 2024 Eastern and Western Conference Finals:

What is the NBA playoff bracket?

Here's a look at the potential matchups in the conference finals (teams in bold have officially advanced):

East: No. 1 Boston Celtics vs. No. 6 Indiana Pacers

West: No. 5 Dallas Mavericks vs. No. 2 Denver Nuggets/No. 3 Minnesota Timberwolves

When do the 2024 NBA Eastern, Western Conference Finals start?

The East Finals will begin on Tuesday, May 21 followed by Game 1 of the West Finals on Wednesday, May 22.

What is the 2024 NBA Eastern Conference Finals schedule?

Here are the dates, times and TV info for the East Finals:

  • Game 1: Pacers at Celtics -- Tuesday, May 21 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • Game 2: Pacers at Celtics -- Thursday, May 23 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • Game 3: Celtics at Pacers-- Saturday, May 25 (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
  • Game 4: Celtics at Pacers-- Monday, May 27 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • Game 5*: Pacers at Celtics -- Wednesday, May 29 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • Game 6*: Celtics at Pacers-- Friday, May 31 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
  • Game 7*: Pacers at Celtics -- Sunday, June 2 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)

What is the 2024 NBA Western Conference Finals schedule?

And here's a look at the schedule details for the West Finals (* = if necessary):

  • Game 1: Wednesday, May 22 (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • Game 2: Friday, May 24 (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • Game 3: Sunday, May 26 (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • Game 4: Tuesday, May 28 (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • Game 5*: Thursday, May 30 (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • Game 6*: Saturday, June 1 (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
  • Game 7*: Monday, June 3 (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT)

When do the 2024 NBA Finals start?

Game 1 of the NBA Finals is scheduled for Thursday, June 6.

What is the 2024 NBA Finals schedule?

Here's the full schedule for this year's Finals (* = if necessary):

  • Game 1: Thursday, June 6
  • Game 2: Sunday, June 9
  • Game 3: Wednesday, June 12
  • Game 4: Friday, June 14
  • Game 5*: Monday, June 17
  • Game 6*: Thursday, June 20
  • Game 7*: Sunday, June 23
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