Denver Nuggets First Round Playoff Schedule

According to the NBA the Denver Nuggets will open the 2009 NBA Playoffs at home on Sunday April 19 at 8:30 Mountain time.  It will before the first time Denver has enjoyed home court advantage since 1988 and I think the Pepsi Center will be rocking.

Game two will be Wednesday, April 22 in Denver at 8:30 PM Mountain time.  Both of the first two games will be broadcast by TNT.

The third game is slated for 11:00 AM Mountain time in New Orleans on Saturday, April 25 and will air on ESPN.

The NBA has yet to schedule any of the other games.  

The very first game of the playoffs will be Saturday morning at 10:30 AM Mountain time between the defending champion Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls. 

You can look forward to a buttload of playoff coverage here at RMC and it will kick off with a live chat with Niall and Ryan at Hornets 24/7 tomorrow night at 7:00 PM Mountain.

Update:  We do know the dates for the other games, just not the start times.  Game four will be on Monday, April 27 and the if necessary games are Wednesday, April 29 in Denver, Friday, May 1 at New Orleans and should there be a game seven, it will be on Sunday, May 3 in Denver.

Complete first round schedule:

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Western Conference

L.A. Lakers vs. Utah

Game 1 – Sun  April 19  Utah at L.A. Lakers      12:00PM  3:00PM ABC/R
Game 2 – Tue  April 21  Utah at L.A. Lakers      7:30PM   10:30PM TNT
Game 3 – Thu  April 23  L.A. Lakers at Utah      8:30PM   10:30PM TNT
Game 4 – Sat  April 25  L.A. Lakers at Utah      7:00PM   9:00PM ESPN/R
Game 5 * Mon  April 27  Utah at L.A. Lakers      TBD      TBD    TBD
Game 6 * Thu  April 30  L.A. Lakers at Utah      TBD      TBD    TBD
Game 7 * Sat  May 2     Utah at L.A. Lakers      TBD      TBD    TNT

Denver vs. New Orleans

Game 1 – Sun  April 19  New Orleans at Denver    8:30PM   10:30PM TNT
Game 2 – Wed  April 22  New Orleans at Denver    8:30PM   10:30PM TNT
Game 3 – Sat  April 25  Denver at New Orleans    12:00PM  1:00PM ESPN
Game 4 – Mon  April 27  Denver at New Orleans    TBD      TBD    TBD
Game 5 * Wed  April 29  New Orleans at Denver    TBD      TBD    TBD
Game 6 * Fri  May 1     Denver at New Orleans    TBD      TBD    TBD
Game 7 * Sun  May 3     New Orleans at Denver    TBD      TBD    TBD

San Antonio vs. Dallas

Game 1 – Sat  April 18  Dallas at San Antonio    7:00PM   8:00PM ESPN/R
Game 2 – Mon  April 20  Dallas at San Antonio    8:30PM   9:30PM TNT
Game 3 – Thu  April 23  San Antonio at Dallas    7:30PM   8:30PM NBATV
Game 4 – Sat  April 25  San Antonio at Dallas    3:00PM   4:00PM TNT
Game 5 * Tue  April 28  Dallas at San Antonio    TBD      TBD    TBD
Game 6 * Fri  May 1     San Antonio at Dallas    TBD      TBD    TBD
Game 7 * Sun  May 3     Dallas at San Antonio    TBD      TBD    TBD

Portland vs. Houston

Game 1 – Sat  April 18  Houston at Portland      7:30PM   10:30PM ESPN
Game 2 – Tue  April 21  Houston at Portland      7:00PM   10:00PM NBATV
Game 3 – Fri  April 24  Portland at Houston      8:30PM   9:30PM ESPN
Game 4 – Sun  April 26  Portland at Houston      8:00PM   9:00PM TNT
Game 5 * Tue  April 28  Houston at Portland      TBD      TBD    TBD
Game 6 * Thu  April 30  Portland at Houston      TBD      TBD    TBD
Game 7 * Sat  May 2     Houston at Portland      TBD      TBD    TNT                                                               
Eastern Conference

Cleveland vs. Detroit

Game 1 – Sat  April 18  Detroit at Cleveland     3:00PM  3:00PM   ABC
Game 2 – Tue  April 21  Detroit at Cleveland     8:00PM  8:00PM   TNT
Game 3 – Fri  April 24  Cleveland at Detroit     7:00PM  7:00PM   ESPN
Game 4 – Sun  April 26  Cleveland at Detroit     3:30PM  3:30PM   ABC/R
Game 5 * Wed  April 29  Detroit at Cleveland     TBD     TBD      TBD
Game 6 * Fri  May 1     Cleveland at Detroit     TBD     TBD      TBD
Game 7 * Sun  May 3     Detroit at Cleveland     TBD     TBD      TBD

Boston vs. Chicago

Game 1 – Sat  April 18  Chicago at Boston        12:30PM 12:30PM  ESPN
Game 2 – Mon  April 20  Chicago at Boston        7:00PM  7:00PM   TNT
Game 3 – Thu  April 23  Boston at Chicago        7:00PM  8:00PM   TNT
Game 4 – Sun  April 26  Boston at Chicago        12:00PM 1:00PM   ABC
Game 5 * Tue  April 28  Chicago at Boston        TBD     TBD      TBD
Game 6 * Thu  April 30  Boston at Chicago        TBD     TBD      TBD
Game 7 * Sat  May 2     Chicago at Boston        TBD     TBD      TNT

Orlando vs. Philadelphia

Game 1 – Sun  April 19  Philadelphia at Orlando  5:30PM  5:30PM   TNT
Game 2 – Wed  April 22  Philadelphia at Orlando  7:00PM  7:00PM   NBATV
Game 3 – Fri  April 24  Orlando at Philadelphia  8:00PM  8:00PM   ESPN2
Game 4 – Sun  April 26  Orlando at Philadelphia  6:30PM  6:30PM   TNT
Game 5 * Tue  April 28  Philadelphia at Orlando  TBD     TBD      TBD
Game 6 * Thu  April 30  Orlando at Philadelphia  TBD     TBD      TBD
Game 7 * Sat  May 2     Philadelphia at Orlando  TBD     TBD      TNT

Atlanta vs. Miami

Game 1 – Sun  April 19  Miami at Atlanta         8:00PM  8:00PM   TNT
Game 2 – Wed  April 22  Miami at Atlanta         8:00PM  8:00PM   TNT
Game 3 – Sat  April 25  Atlanta at Miami         6:30PM  6:30PM   TNT
Game 4 – Mon  April 27  Atlanta at Miami         TBD     TBD      TBD
Game 5 * Wed  April 29  Miami at Atlanta         TBD     TBD      TBD
Game 6 * Fri  May 1     Atlanta at Miami         TBD     TBD      TBD
Game 7 * Sun  May 3     Miami at Atlanta         TBD     TBD      TBD

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  • Nuggets4


    Anyone else going to any games? Jeremy, chance to buy you a beer?

  • BeefySwats


    Have you seen any of the shit talking the Blazers’ fanbase has been doing? Things like “oh, co-champs” and “haha thuggets” and “whine whine whine we should have been the two seed”. It’s absurd. I have no problem with Portland as a team, but I really hope that Houston smacks them down in the first round just to shut up their fans.

    Anyway, this series should be great. Are you planning on going to any of the games? I think I am going to try and catch at the least game 2, possibly games 6 if it goes that long and absolutely a game in the second round if they get there.

    Thanks for the good recap and scheduling update. :)

  • Stumbleweed

    I’ll be at Game 2, Game 5, and (hopefully not, because we close it out in 6 ha) Game 7. Cheap seats are only $10 and I think you can still find them for the later games.

    Not feeling great about this series, especially with Chandler back… we split the series with them with him never playing a minute. He gave us problems even with a similar type player in Camby, but maybe Nene is a better choice against him… there’s not much evidence either way. I do LOVE the K-Mart/David West matchup — if Kenyon can disrupt the pick and roll and stay in West’s face, we’ll be in good shape. They need him as a 24/10 kind of guy, especially since their bench is horrendous, Peja has been iffy since coming back, and Chandler isn’t 100%… I think K-Mart can keep him from contributing on that level.

    And let’s not forget that J.R. consistently plays great against the Hornets… looking forward to some explosions from him, especially since Posey is by far their best defender and he’ll normally be lodged on ‘Melo. Butler is solid, but I like JR’s chances if that’s the matchup.

  • CCH

    Off topic here. Kmarts put back dunk last night, dunk of the season for the Nuggets??!!??!?!

  • runningdonut

    Can’t wait for some of your analysis of the series. This is a challenge for the Nuggets. Despite the home court and all that, I don’t think many people are buying the Nuggets to go anywhere this postseason.

  • CCH

    This came as a pleasant surprise to me, But Espn is in large favor of Denver. 3 of the experts even picked Denver to win in 5 including Hollinger. Of course Abbot (blazers homer, yes I followed the live blog last night Jeremy) was the only one to pick the Hornets.