2012 NBA Playoff Schedule And Bracket: Heat Matchup With The Knicks, Game 1 On Saturday

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The Miami Heat open their playoff series on Saturday against the New York Knicks. What is the full schedule for this first round series?

The 2012 NBA Playoffs are set to begin this weekend. The Miami Heat fell only a couple games short of the top seed in the Eastern Conference as they will match up with the No. 7 seed New York Knicks beginning on Saturday. The Heat has rested many of their players including LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade down the stretch of the regular season, so they should be well rested and ready to go for the first game.

The Miami Heat swept all three games against the New York Knicks in the regular season. However the Knicks have won the last three playoff series against Miami.

The rest of the series schedule is as follows:

Game 1: Sat. April 28, New York at Miami, 3:30 p.m. ABC
Game 2: Mon. April 30, New York at Miami, 7 p.m. TNT
Game 3: Thurs. May 3, Miami at New York, 7 p.m. TNT
Game 4: Sun. May 6, Miami at New York, 3:30 p.m. ABC
Game 5: Wed. May 9, New York at Miami, TBD
Game 6: Fri. May 11, Miami at New York, TBD
Game 7: Sun, May 13, New York at Miami, TBD

The other matchups with the NBA Playoff bracket are as follows:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1 Chicago Bulls vs. No. 8 Philadelphia 76ers
No. 2 Miami Heat vs. No. 7 New York Knicks
No. 3 Indiana Pacers vs. No. 6 Orlando Magic
No. 4 Boston Celtics vs. No. 5 Atlanta Hawks

WESTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 8 Utah Jazz
No. 2 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 7 Dallas Mavericks
No. 3 Los Angeles Lakers vs. No. 6 Denver Nuggest
No. 4 Memphis Grizzlies vs. No. 5 Los Angeles Clippers.

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