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NBA Playoff Schedule 2011: Mavericks Vs. Blazers Begins Saturday Night

The NBA has set dates and times for the first four games of the series between the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trailblazers. The series will open up on ESPN Saturday night at 8:30 CT. It is the only Western Conference game on the slate Saturday. TNT will carry games 2-4 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (April 23), as well as a Game 7 if necessary.

Mavericks vs. Blazers (all times Central)

Game 1: Sat., April 16 in Dallas, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2: Tue., April 19 in Dallas, 8:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Thu., April 21 in Portland, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4: Sat., April 23 in Portland, 4 p.m., TNT
Game 5: Mon., April 25 in Dallas, TBD
Game 6: Thu., April 28 in Portland, TBD
Game 7: Sat., April 30 in Dallas, TBD, TNT

The NBA playoffs open Saturday at noon with the Bulls and Pacers. See the entire first round schedule here and here.

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