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NBA Playoffs open thread and schedule (Apr. 16)

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There are four games on opening day of the NBA playoffs, and they're gonna be good. Chat with other Hornets fans about the games in the comments section!

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Holy crap, guys. The NBA playoffs are finally here.

The Charlotte Hornets don't play today, but that shouldn't stop us from enjoying terrific playoff basketball. Here's everything you need to know for today. Chat with other fans in the comments below!

Indiana Pacers @ Toronto Raptors

Start time: 12:30 p.m.
Channel: ESPN

What you should know: The Raptors are looking to escape the first round of the playoffs for the first time this year, and for once it looks like they will. In a way, that is a shot at the Pacers. The Pacers aren't a very good nor deep team, as outside of Paul George and Monta Ellis, they don't have much star power. Still, both teams are in it to win it, and the first game of the first round is always exciting. Look for Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan to have HUGE games.

Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors

Start time: 3:30 p.m.
Channel: ABC

What you should know: This series was over before it started. Sorry, Rockets. You're not stopping the Warriors. Still, you should tune in to see Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and co. put in work. They're an absolute joy to watch. Let's just hope James Harden doesn't kill the pace with a few dozen free throw attempts.

Boston Celtics @ Atlanta Hawks

Start time: 7 p.m.
Channel: ESPN

What you should know: This is my personal pick for most exciting series of the first round. Each of these teams are explosive on offense and capable of great stretches of defense. While neither team is likely to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals, this is the series you should keep your eye on. It could go to seven games. The battle at point guard is particularly interesting. Both Jeff Teague and Isaiah Thomas are wizards with the basketball, and it'll be interesting to see if Teague's length limits Thomas or Thomas' speed and ballhandling leaves Teague in the dust.

Dallas Mavericks @ Oklahoma City Thunder

Start time: 9:30 p.m.
Channel: ESPN

What you should know: I know what you're thinking. "The Mavs are in the playoffs?" They are, and they're better than you'd think. This could be Dirk Nowitzki's last playoff appearance, though, as his game has slowly but surely regressed over the last few seasons. The Thunder are on a mission, too, and there're few things I want more than to see the Thunder play the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals.

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