First round schedule

Game 1: Utah at Lakers, noon, Sunday, Channel 7.
Game 2: Utah at Lakers, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, TNT.
Game 3: Lakers at Utah, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, TNT.
Game 4: Lakers at Utah, 6 p.m., Saturday, ESPN.
Game 5 (if nessecary): Utah at Lakers, TBA, Monday, April 27, TV TBA.
Game 6 (if nessecary): Lakers at Utah, TBA, Thursday, April 30, TV TBA.
Game 7: (if nessecary): Utah at Lakers, TBA, Saturday, May 2, TNT

Predictions: The top-seeded Lakers will defeat the eighth-seed Jazz in five games and advance to play the winner of the No. 4 Portand-No. 5 Houston series. Portland probably will beat the Rockets. No. 2 Denver will beat No. 7 New Orleans. No. 3 San Antonio will beat No. 6 Dallas.

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