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2013 NBA Playoff Schedules: Thunder-Rockets, Spurs-Lakers, Nuggets-Warriors, Clippers-Grizzlies

| by Alex Groberman

As a general rule, NBA playoff battles in the Western Conference tend to be a lot better than the ones in the Eastern Conference. This year is no exception. Whereas the East boasts one interesting series, maybe, all four series in the West are much-watch events.

The Kobe Bryant-less Lakers got the only team that they can sorta, kinda match up with. The Thunder and Rockets will play in the James Harden Bowl. Denver and Golden State are two of the most exciting teams in the NBA, period. And the Clippers-Grizzlies bring the NBA’s best non-Heat vs. Celtics rivalry to the table.

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In all likelihood the Spurs, Thunder, Nuggets and Clippers will prevail – but at least three out of these four series figure to be entertaining.

Here is the entire schedule for first round:

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Thunder (1) vs. Rockets (8)

Game 1: Sun, Apr 21 – 8:30 p.m.

Game 2: Wed, Apr 24 – 6:00 p.m.

Game 3: Sat, Apr 27 – 8:30 p.m.

Game 4: TBD

Spurs (2) vs. Lakers (7)

Game 1: Sun, Apr 21 – 2:30 p.m.

Game 2: Wed, Apr 24 – 8:30 p.m.

Game 3: Fri, Apr 26 – 7:30 p.m.

Game 4: Sun, Apr 28 – 4:00 p.m.

Nuggets (3) vs. Warriors (6)

Game 1: Sat, Apr 20 – 3:30 p.m.

Game 2: Tue, Apr 23 – 8:30 p.m.

Game 3: Fri, Apr 26 – 7:30 p.m.

Game 4: Sun, Apr 28 – 6:30 p.m.

Clippers (4) vs. Grizzlies (5)

Game 1: Sat, Apr 20 – 7:30 p.m.

Game 2: Mon, Apr 22 – 7:30 p.m.

Game 3: Thu, Apr 25 – 8:30 p.m.

Game 4: Sat, Apr 27 – 3:30 p.m.