Pacers open playoffs Saturday vs. Atlanta


The Indiana Pacers will open the NBA Playoffs Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Pacers will host the Atlanta Hawks in the first game of the best-of-7 series. Saturday's game will tip off at 7 p.m. and air on ESPN.

The first two games of the series will be played in Indianapolis, with the next two games taking place in Atlanta. The teams will alternate home court in Games 5, 6 and 7, if necessary.

Indiana has clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference and hold the home court advantage for as long as they're still playing in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

First round schedule

Game 1 - Sat  April 19  Atlanta at Indiana           7:00PM       ESPN
Game 2 - Tue  April 22  Atlanta at Indiana           7:00PM      TNT
Game 3 - Thu  April 24  Indiana at Atlanta           7:00PM      NBA TV
Game 4 - Sat  April 26  Indiana at Atlanta           2:00PM      TNT
Game 5 * Mon  April 28  Atlanta at Indiana         8:00PM      NBA TV
Game 6 * Thu  May 1     Indiana at Atlanta         TBD       TV - TBD
Game 7 * Sat  May 3     Atlanta at Indiana         TBD       TNT