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When do the 2019 NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals begin?

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NBA Playoffs (NBA Getty Images)

The 2018-19 regular season ends on April 10. Three days later, on April 13, the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs will begin.

The Conference Semifinals will take place on April 29-30, with the Conference Finals to follow on May 14-15. Both rounds could start a couple of days earlier depending on when the previous round is complete - April 27-28 for the Conference Semifinals and May 12-13 for the Conference Finals.

The 2019 NBA Finals is scheduled for May 30.

The top eight teams in both the Western Conference and Eastern Conference will qualify for the playoffs. Each team will be seeded based on their record and matched up in the first round with a team in their conference based on the following format: 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5.

Every series throughout the playoffs will be best-of-seven. The team with the better record will host games 1, 2, 5 and 7 in each series, leaving games 3, 4 and 6 to be played on the home court of the lower seeded team.

Whichever team makes it out of the East will then match up with whichever team makes it out of the West in the Finals. It's been the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors for the last four years, but LeBron James' decision to join the Los Angeles Lakers has opened up an opportunity for a new team in the East to represent the conference this season.

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Rosters for the playoffs have to be finalized by 3:00 p.m. ET on April 12.

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