There’s no question the Heat should be considered the favorites heading into the playoffs not jut because of how they finished last year, but with the way they looked during the 2012-13 season In fact, Miami was close to breaking the league’s all-time record for most games won in a row–so this is certainly one of those teams nobody wants to play come playoff time.
Even if the Bucks manage to put up a strong fight, chances are they most likely won’t win this opening round series against the defending NBA champions. With players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, it’s difficult to imagine any team other than the New York Knicks competing for the Eastern Conference title.
Either way, every game has to be played and it will be interesting to see if the Heat pick up right where they left off in the playoffs against the Bucks. Below is the schedule for this first-round matchup between the Heat and Bucks–including dates, times and television networks.
Game 1: Saturday, April 20, at New York, 3:00 p.m. on ABC
Game 2: Tuesday, April 23, at New York, 8:00 p.m. on TNT
Game 3: Friday, April 26, at Boston, 1:00 p.m. on ESPN
Game 4: Sunday, April 28, at Boston, ABC
Game 5: Wednesday, May 1, at New York, TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: Friday, May 3, at Boston, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Sunday, May 5, at New York, TBD (if necessary)