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When do the 2020 NBA Playoffs and Finals begin?

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NBA Playoffs Signage (NBAE/Getty Images)

On April 16, the 2019-20 NBA season will come to an end. The 2020 NBA Playoffs will begin three days later, on April 19.

The opening round of the playoffs will last just over a week, with the Conference Semifinals scheduled to begin on April 30 - May 1. Depending on how long the first-round series last, the Conference Semifinals could commence a couple of days earlier, on April 28-29.

The Conference Finals are set for May 15-16, with a possible move up to May 13-14. The 2020 NBA Finals will then begin on June 5.

When are the 2020 NBA Playoffs and Finals?
NBA Playoffs 2020 begin April 19
Conference Semifinals begin April 30 - May 1 (possible move up to April 28-29)
Conference Finals begin May 15-16 (possible move up to May 13-14)
NBA Finals 2020 begin June 5

The top eight teams in both the Western Conference and Eastern Conference will qualify for the playoffs. Each team will be seeded based on their record and matched up in the first round with a team in their conference based on the following format: 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5.

Every series throughout the playoffs will be best-of-seven. The team with the better record will host games 1, 2, 5 and 7 in each series, leaving games 3, 4 and 6 to be played on the home court of the lower-seeded team.

Whichever team makes it out of the East will then match up with whichever team makes it out of the West in the Finals. The Golden State Warriors have represented the West in the last five NBA Finals, but the loss of Kevin Durant coupled with the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers improving paves the way for a new team to make it out of the conference next season.

In the East, meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard's departure from the Toronto Raptors has the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers as preseason favourites to make the Finals.

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