The NBA Playoffs begin on Saturday, April 16, with the Dallas Mavericks hosting the Utah Jazz in the first game.
The NBA Playoffs will kick off on Saturday, April 16th, with 16 teams vying for the Larry O’Brien Trophy at the completion of the campaign. For those wondering who will play in the first game of the playoffs, it will be the Dallas Mavericks versus the Utah Jazz.
Dallas will begin their first-round series without their key player, Luka Doncic. Doncic departed the game against the San Antonio Spurs with a left calf strain in the team’s regular-season finale.
Doncic has already been ruled out of Game 1 and may be forced to sit out Game 2. The Mavericks will be hoping for his return as soon as possible, especially if they want to beat the Jazz.
Utah, on the other hand, is hoping to rebound from last year’s playoff failure. Last year, the Jazz were ousted in the second round by the Los Angeles Clippers after capturing the No. 1 seed. Their chances of winning are always enhanced when Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert are active.
Here’s how to watch the first game of the Jazz-Mavericks first round series.
How to watch Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs between the Jazz and the Mavericks
Date: Saturday, Apr. 16
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Dallas, TX
Venue: American Airlines Center
Streaming: WatchESPN, FuboTV