NBA play-offs 2021: Who is playing today and how can I watch?

The NBA play-offs begin this week with the league’s top teams set to battle it out across four knockout rounds to crown this season’s champion.

After the play-offs were moved to a bubble in Orlando, Florida last season, home-court advantage returns this year with teams back in their own stadiums and fans permitted in a limited capacity.

All eyes will be on the Brooklyn Nets to see whether the superstar trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving can lead the team to its first NBA title.

The Nets missed out on securing the number one seed in the East, however, with the Philadelphia 76ers taking top spot. In the West, meanwhile, The Utah Jazz clinched the top seed on their way to earning the NBA’s best regular season record (52-20).

LeBron James and his defending champion Los Angeles Lakers will have to make it through the NBA’s play-in tournament to secure their spot, along with a number of other teams who are yet to book their place.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the start of the play-offs this week.

When do they start?

The first round of the play-offs begin on Saturday 21 May.

How can I watch?

All matches can be streamed live via the NBA’s League Pass, which is available from £24.99 per month.

Alternatively, selected matches will be aired across Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Mix. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

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Who is in?

Eastern Conference

1st seed: Philadelphia 76ers

2nd seed: Brooklyn Nets

3rd seed: Milwaukee Bucks

4th seed: New York Knicks

5th seed: Atlanta Hawks

6th seed: Miami Heat

7th seed: Boston Celtics

8th seed: Washington Wizards

Western Conference

1st seed: Utah Jazz

2nd seed: Phoenix Suns

3rd seed: Denver Nuggets

4th seed: LA Clippers

5th seed: Dallas Mavericks

6th seed: Portland Trail Blazers

7th seed: LA Lakers

8th seed: Memphis Grizzlies

Who are the favourites?

Brooklyn Nets – 12/5

LA Lakers – 19/4

LA Clippers – 9/2

Utah Jazz – 13/2

Milwaukee Bucks – 15/2

Philadelphia 76ers – 8/1

Phoenix Suns – 14/1

Miami Heat – 25/1

Denver Nuggets – 25/1

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