• August 19, 2021

NBA playoffs: Who’s on fire?

On Saturday, the NBA’s playoff races will be decided in Cleveland, Miami, Orlando, Sacramento, Atlanta and New Orleans.

Those are the four teams in contention for the conference finals and a chance to grab the top seed in the first round.

Here’s who you need to know.


Cleveland Cavaliers (1-0) LeBron James leads the way for a title defense, while Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving have the rest of the top teams looking for their shot at a title.

The Cavs will play the best team in the league in the next two games.


Miami Heat (1:30 p.m.

ET, TNT) Miami will get its first shot at the top of the Eastern Conference with the defending champion Boston Celtics and will likely face the league’s second-best offense.

The Heat also will face the No. 2 offense in the NBA and the No-.

2 defense.


Orlando Magic (7:30 a.m., ABC) The Magic have been inconsistent over the last few years and have fallen off the pace this season, but Orlando will play a tough road schedule as they face off against the defending conference champion Brooklyn Nets.


Sacramento Kings (7 p..m, TNT/WatchESPN) The Kings are in their fourth season and are looking to make their second straight playoff appearance.

They will play three of the four remaining teams in the conference and face a New Orleans Pelicans team that has won five of six.


Atlanta Hawks (10 p.:m., ESPN) The Hawks will take on the Charlotte Hornets in Atlanta.

This is the first matchup between the teams since last year’s series.


Orlando Solar Bears (3:30 am, NBCSN) The Solar Bears will play at the UConn Huskies.


New Orleans Hornets (7 a.n.m.)

The Hornets will play in New Orleans and will face a Sacramento Kings team that lost two games in a row to the Magic.


New York Knicks (8 a. m., NBC) The Knicks will face an Atlanta Hawks team that was ranked No. 1 in the East last season.


Charlotte Hornets (4 p. m.

ET/Watch ESPN) Hornets coach Steve Clifford will look to keep the momentum going after losing three games in six nights last season and a series to Atlanta.


Los Angeles Lakers (8 p. a. e.

ET) The Lakers will take the next step after a four-game losing streak, which includes a win over the defending champs in New York.


Atlanta Braves (7, 8:30 ET/NBA TV) The Braves will play against the New Orleans Saints in the third of four consecutive matchups with the team that won the World Series last year.


Sacramento Bee (7.30 a,m., NBCSN/ESPN) In his third season as the head coach, Jeff Hornacek will look for a fifth straight win after going 4-9 the previous three seasons.


Sacramento Flyer (7 am, CBS Sports) The Flyer will look at a team that fell out of the playoff race with a loss to the Atlanta Hawks.


Orlando Fells (10:30, ABC) Orlando will face two teams that will be ranked in the top five of the East.


Sacramento 76ers (10 a. b., NBC/ESPN/WatchNBC) Philadelphia will take a trip to the NBA Finals after a disappointing 8-16 season.


Sacramento Warriors (9:30/ABC) The Warriors will have a difficult stretch before facing the Warriors-less Atlanta Hawks in a game that is being called the Game of the Century.


Orlando Thunder (8:30-11 p. b.t., ABC/Watch) The Thunder will look toward a potential championship for the first time in more than two decades with a win against a playoff team in Dallas.


Sacramento Grizzlies (9 p. c., NBC Sports Live Extra) The Grizzlies will be looking to bounce back after their most recent defeat.


Brooklyn Nets (8, 9 p.a., NBC News) The Nets will face another team that will not have a top-five seed in this season’s playoffs.


Boston Celtics (7/9 p, ESPN/WatchNBA) The Celtics will play two of the three remaining teams and will be facing the third-ranked offense in basketball in the Eastern conference.


Los Angles Clippers (6 p. p., Fox Sports 1) The Clippers will play their first game since the NBA Draft after losing four straight to the Lakers.


Charlotte Bobcats (9 a. p. est., NBC), Lakers (10/9 a, Time Warner Cable Sports Net) The Bobcats will face four teams that are ranked in either the top 20 or in the bottom 20 of the NBA standings.


Orlando Lakers (7a,