NBA Playoff 2024 format, dates, rounds & more: Former Raptors to root for in playoffs

Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors / Tom Szczerbowski/GettyImages
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When do the 2024 NBA Playoffs begin?

The NBA's regular season ends on Sunday, April 14. The top 6 seeds in each conference then get a few days off while the Play-In Tournament takes play on April 16-19. The first round of the NBA Playoffs then kick off on Saturday, April 20 and go for the next two months. The NBA Finals begin on Thursday, June 6 and could end anytime from June 14 to June 23 depending on how long that series goes.

How can I watch the 2024 NBA Playoffs?

The NBA's broadcast partners divide up the playoffs according to a prearranged structure. ABC/ESPN and TNT will broadcast most of the games, with NBA TV occasionally broadcasting a game on the busier nights in the first round. The NBA Finals are handled by ABC, and their top-line team of Mike Breen and Doris Burke will add JJ Redick for the Finals broadcast.

If you do not already have access to those channels, you can subscribe to watch the games that are not broadcast on TNT by checking out fuboTV for a free subscription. Max offers a Bleacher Report Sports Add-On that includes TNT.

Will the Raptors make the 2024 NBA Playoffs?

The Toronto Raptors are not yet mathematically eliminated from postseason contention at the time of this writing, but that's merely a formality. They are in 12th-place and would need a miracle just to make it to 10th, a miracle that would need to be accomplished without All-Star Scottie Barnes or defensive anchor Jakob Poeltl, both out indefinitely due to injury. From there, they would need to win both Play-In Tournament games on the road to sneak in as the No. 8 seed.

That's not happening. The Raptors will not be competing in the 2024 NBA Playoffs, instead turning their attention to a busy offseason.

That doesn't mean fans can't continue to watch. Here are some former Raptors players who will be competing in the playoffs that Toronto fans can root for.