The Denver Nuggets playoffs schedule is here — here’s what to know

The champs will face the winner of the Lakers-Pelicans play-in game.
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The crowd goes wild as Denver Nuggets during a parade to celebrate their NBA Championship win. June 15, 2023.
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Update, April 17: The Nuggets will face the Lakers in Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs. The schedule below has been updated.

The defending champion Denver Nuggets closed out the regular season on Sunday and locked in the 2-seed headed into the 2024 NBA playoffs.

They will await the winner between the 7-seed Pelicans and the 8-seed Lakers to determine their first round foe. Tip-off is Tuesday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m. on TNT. 

Here is a visual breakdown of the Play-In Tournament and First Round bracket. 

The Nuggets faced the Pelicans three times this season, finishing with a 2-1 record against the New Orleans squad. They swept their season series against the Lakers, finishing 3-0 against Los Angeles. 

Denver fans will also eagerly await for the NBA end-of-season award winners, vying for their superstar center Nikola Jokic to take home his third MVP award. Voting will be held April 16-19

The first round of the playoffs is scheduled to start on Saturday, April 20. Here is everything we know about the 2024 NBA playoffs schedule: 

Here are the start dates for every round of the 2024 NBA playoffs:

April 16-19: Play-in tournament 

April 20: Start of first round 

May 4-7: Start of conference semifinals

May 19-22: Start of conference finals

June 6: NBA Finals Game 1 

June 23: NBA Finals Game 7 (if necessary)

Here are the home games for round one of the playoffs: 

Game 1: In Denver, Saturday, April 20, 6:30 p.m.

Game 2: In Denver, Monday, April 22, 8 p.m.

Game 3: In Los Angeles, Thursday April 25, 8 p.m.

Game 4: In Los Angeles, Saturday, April 27, 6:30 p.m.

Game 5: TBD, if necessary in Denver, Monday April 29

Game 6: TBD, if necessary in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 2

Game 7: TBD, if necessary in Denver, Saturday, May 4

Here are five local sports bars to keep in mind throughout the Nuggets playoff run:

DNVR Sports Bar 

Location: 2239 E. Colfax Ave. 

Chopper’s Sports Grill 

Location: 80 S. Madison St. 

Tom’s Watch Bar 

Location: 1601 19th St. 

Tight End Bar 

Location: 1501 E. Colfax Ave. 

Stadium Inn 

Location: 1701 E. Evans Ave. 

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