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NBA Playoff Schedule for Saturday

Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James
FILE – In this April 15, 2012 file photo, New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, left, and Miami Heat’s LeBron James jockey for position during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York. It’s LeBron vs. Carmelo as the Heat and Knicks renew an old playoff rivalry on Saturday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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FILE - In this April 15, 2012 file photo, New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, left, and Miami Heat's LeBron James jockey for position during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York. It's LeBron vs. Carmelo as the Heat and Knicks renew an old playoff rivalry on Saturday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

This is it.

After a 66-game truncated season due to the lockout, the NBA playoffs tips off in a hurry Saturday with four games on the schedule.

The matchup that everybody is probably looking forward to on Saturday, especially here in the New York, is the Knicks vs. Heat, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m.

But there are plenty of other great games to look forward to, including Saturday night’s game between the explosive Oklahoma City Thunder and defending champion Dallas Mavericks who fell off a bit this year.

And there are plenty of headlines out there. What will happen to the Big 3 is they fail to win the title this year? Can the San Antonio Spurs old legs carry them to a title? Is the window closing on the Boston Celtics?

Here’s a look at the matchups for the entire first round.

East:

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

West:

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

Saturday’s schedule:

Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls – 1 p.m. TNT

New York Knicks at Miami Heat – 3:30 p.m. ABC

Orlando Magic at Indiana Pacers – 7 p.m. ESPN

Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder – 9:30 p.m. ESPN

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