The Cavaliers were the favorite to win the East at the beginning of the season, but a lackluster second half has raised some doubts. The Pacers had high expectations to start the season, trailed off, but hung on to make the playoffs and were playing some of their best basketball to end the season.
It should be a strong series to open the playoffs Saturday. Here is how to watch the entire series (all times Eastern; *–if necessary).
No. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. No. 7 Indiana Pacers
What: Game 1
When: Saturday, 3 p.m.
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Streaming: WatchESPN app
Highlights: Paul George takes on LeBron James in a playoff series for the first time since 2014. Lance Stephenson’s return makes this more exciting on dramatic levels, but watch out for Myles Turner vs. Tristan Thompson as a key matchup.
Rest of schedule:
Game 1 — Saturday, April 15, Indiana at Cleveland, 3 p.m., ABC
Game 2 — Monday, April 17 Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 3 — Thursday, April 20 Cleveland at Indiana, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 4 — Sunday, April 23 Cleveland at Indiana, 1 p.m., ABC
Game 5 — *Tuesday, April 25 Indiana at Cleveland, TBD
Game 6 — *Thursday, April 27 Cleveland at Indiana, TBD
Game 7 — *Saturday, April 29 Indiana at Cleveland, TBD, TNT