Starts with Five Game 1’s this Weekend Including Defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers
The Jump Playoff Preview to Feature Interview with Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr
ESPN’s Unmatched Commentator Depth on Display: Beadle | Billups | Breen | Brown | Burke | Carlesimo | Hubbarth | Jackson | Jones | McGrady | Pasch | Pierce | Pippen | Rose | Ruocco | Nichols | Salters | Van Gundy & Many More
ESPN and ABC will be home to the 2018 NBA Playoffs from the opening tip to the raising of the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Action begins this weekend with five first round Game 1’s, including a quadrupleheader this Saturday, April 14, starting at 3 p.m. ET when the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant host the San Antonio Spurs. On Sunday, April 15, the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James host the Indiana Pacers. Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, and reporter Lisa Salters will call both broadcasts.
This weekend, Michelle Beadle will host two editions of NBA Countdown on ABC from ESPN’s Seaport District Studios in New York with analysts Paul Pierce, Chauncey Billups and Jalen Rose. The shows will air at 2 p.m. (ESPN) and 2:30 p.m. (ABC) on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday (ABC).
Additionally, ESPN will televise The Jump Playoff Preview presented by Kia on Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. Rachel Nichols will be joined by Scottie Pippen, Tracy McGrady and Brian Windhorst. The show will include a special interview with Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. ESPN will also air First Take NBA Playoff Special on Friday, April 13, at 10 p.m., with Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Molly Querim.
ESPN and ABC will combine to televise up to 44 games from this year’s NBA Playoffs, including the NBA Eastern Conference Finals presented by ExxonMobil exclusively on ESPN and the NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV on ABC.
ESPN & ABC first round, Game 1 schedule:
|Date||Time (ET)||Telecast||Commentators||Network (s)|
|Saturday, April 14||2 p.m.||NBA Countdown presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart||Michelle Beadle, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose||ESPN, ESPN App|
|2:30 p.m.||NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless||Michelle Beadle, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose||ABC|
|3 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors telecast presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart||ABC: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters
ESPN Radio: Marc Kestecher, Jon Barry
|ABC, ESPN App, ESPN Radio|
|5:30 p.m.||Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors telecast presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart||Ryan Ruocco, P.J. Carlesimo, Jorge Sedano||ESPN, ESPN App|
|8 p.m.||Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers telecast presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart||Mark Jones, Hubie Brown, Israel Gutierrez||ESPN, ESPN App|
|10:30 p.m.||New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers telecast presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart||Dave Pasch, Doris Burke, Cassidy Hubbarth||ESPN, ESPN App|
|Sunday, April 15||3 p.m.||NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless||Michelle Beadle, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose||ABC|
|3:30 p.m.||Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers telecast presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart||ABC: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters, Steve Javie
ESPN Radio: Adam Amin, P.J. Carlesimo
|ABC, ESPN App, ESPN Radio|
ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and ESPN International platforms will also have extensive coverage of the NBA Playoffs, including the NBA Finals. Coverage plan updates will be issued throughout the postseason.