-West Game 1: Golden State at Houston: Monday, May 14, 9 p.m. ET on TNT
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-East Game 1: Cleveland at Boston: Sunday, May 13, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC
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Obviously guys have been going down all year. Its like you never know whos going to go down, things like that, but we find a way, Celtics guard Terry Rozier told reporters this week,via ESPN. We pull together. Im not saying were better or not [than last years team], but were definitely going back to the Eastern Conference finals, and thats a blessing.
-West Game 6: Houston at Golden State: Saturday, May 26, 9 p.m. ET on TNT
-West Game 3: Houston at Golden State: Sunday, May 20, 8 p.m. ET on TNT
-East Game 5: Cleveland at Boston: Wednesday, May 23, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
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-East Game 2: Cleveland at Boston: Tuesday, May 15, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
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-East Game 6: Boston at Cleveland: Friday, May 25, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Of course, predictions are often wrong. Here is the TV schedule for the Conference Finals matchups to see what happens for yourself,via . (Everything past Game 4 is, of course, if the game is necessary.)
-West Game 4: Houston at Golden State: Tuesday, May 22, 9 p.m. ET on TNT
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-East Game 4: Boston at Cleveland: Monday, May 21, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Theexperts at ESPN seem to agreewith Kerr. Of the 22 NBA experts at the network, just threeTim MacMahon, Andr Snellings and Royce Youngpicked the Rockets to win the seven-game series. Justone expert at CBS Sportspicked Houston.
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The Cavs LeBron James has made short work of the Eastern Conference for nearly a decade. If he topples the Celtics this yearwhich Cleveland did in last years conference finalsitll be his eight consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. Cleveland, despite being a lower seed than Boston, are the favorites in the series. Not that the Celtics are planning to roll overpeople have doubted the team the entire playoffs since theyre without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on in the first half while playing the Toronto Raptors in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 5, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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-West Game 5: Golden State at Houston: Thursday, May 24, 9 p.m. ET on TNT
Most folks think James and the Cavs will prevail again in the East.Just three ESPN expertsChris Forsberg, Bobby Marks and Marc Spearspicked Boston while just oneexpert at CBS SportsColin Ward-Henningerthought the Celtics will topple Cleveland.
-East Game 7: Cleveland at Boston: Sunday, May 27, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
In the West, itll be interesting to see if the 1-seed Houstonled by stars Chris Paul and James Hardencan actually give Golden State, the defending champions, a run for their money. The Warriorsled by Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Greenare an absolute juggernaut when theyre clicking. Golden State coach Steve Kerr wasnt buying some folks who claimed the Rockets have the edge in the series.
No, I like where we are, Kerr told reporters this week,via ESPN. Our guys have rings. Thats a good position to be in. To me, the hardest championship is the first one, as an individual player and as a team, because you dont knowyou dont quite knowif you can do it.
-West Game 7: Golden State at Houston: Monday, May 28, 9 p.m. ET on TNT
Sure, the road was winding but the NBA season has ended up right where we expected at the beginning of the yearCleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics in the East and Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets in the West. Those 2018 Conference Final matchups are set to get under way on Sunday, with the series winners set to face off in the NBA Finals.
-West Game 2: Golden State at Houston: Wednesday, May 16, 9 p.m. ET on TNT
-East Game 3: Boston at Cleveland: Saturday, May 19, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN