Dates, times set for Eastern Conference playoffs first games

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While the West is still trying to figure out who plays whom, the Eastern Conference has moved on to when.

At least for the first games. The league has released the dates and times for the first games of those four series.

Chicago and Indiana will tip off at noon Saturday (11 a.m. in Chicago) for the first game of that sweep series. The game can be seen on ESPN.

That will be followed by Philadelphia at Miami, starting at 3:30 Eastern Saturday on ABC. Interesting that the Heat got the prime Saturday slot over the next game on this list, says something about that team’s drawing power.

New York and Boston will tip off Sunday at 7p.m. Eastern Sunday on TNT, with that game played in Boston.

Also Sunday at 7 p.m., but on ESPN, Atlanta will play at Orlando.

The dates for the rest of the games in those series will likely not be released until Thursday.

One thing we can infer from this — the Lakers will get the prime 3:30 Eastern slot on Sunday, regardless of who they face. The Lakers have traditionally gotten that slot in recent years but there was some thought that a Knicks/Celtics series could bump it. Apparently not.