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2024 NBA playoffs: Second-round scores, schedule, times, TV, key stats, who to watch

Can the reach their first conference finals appearance since 2004? Can the get back to the conference finals for the first time since 2000? Can anyone challenge the in the East? Are the still motoring toward their second consecutive NBA Finals appearance with a chance to repeat as champions?

Can the Timberwolves, with a healthy roster (save for their head coach Chris Finch who ruptured a patellar tendon during a game) slow down and Denver鈥檚 offense? Can the find enough defense against the Knicks?

Are you ready for more breakout playoffs performances from , , , ?

The NBA鈥檚 East and West conference semifinals are here, and answers will start to become more clear with each game. Check out the schedules, times, dates, TV info, key stats and who to watch:

Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) controls the ball under pressure from Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first quarter of Game 5 of their first round NBA playoff series at Ball Arena in Denver on April 29, 2024.

Eastern Conference semifinals schedule

No. 1 Boston Celtics vs. No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers

Celtics win series 4-1

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No. 2 New York Knicks vs. No. 6 Indiana Pacers

Pacers win series 4-3

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Season series: Indiana won 2-1

Key stats: Knicks guard Jalen Brunson averaged 35.5 points and 9.0 assists in the first round, and the Knicks' defense will be tested against Indiana's offense which scored 119.4 points per 100 possessions in the first round.

Who to watch: Brunson has been special, and he's getting scoring help from Josh Hart, OG Anunoby, Donte DiVincenzo and Miles McBride. Tyrese Haliburton and Pascal Siakam make it work for the Pacers with a versatile roster.

Western Conference semifinals schedule

No. 1 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 5 Dallas Mavericks

Mavericks win series 4-2

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Season series: Thunder won 3-1

Key stats: Can the offense (115.9 points per 100 possessions in the playoffs) score enough against Oklahoma City's defense (93.5 points allowed per 100 possessions)?

Who to watch: Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is an MVP finalist, and teammate Jalen Williams, a second-year guard-forward, is one of the league's rising stars. For Dallas, guard Luka Doncic, another MVP finalist, and guard Kyrie Irving provide offensive fireworks.

No. 2 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 3 Minnesota Timberwolves

Timberwolves win series 4-3

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Season series: Tied 2-2

Key stats: Not known for its offense, Minnesota posted a league-best 123.2 points per 100 possessions in the first round, and Denver's versatile offense was held in check at times in the first round at 113.4 points per 100 possessions.

Who to watch: Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been sensational, and Denver's Nikola Jokic is one of the most gifted centers to ever play in the NBA and is likely to win his third MVP in the past four seasons.

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