2024 NBA playoffs: Second-round scores, schedule, times, TV, key stats, who to watch

Will the Minnesota Timberwolves make their first conference finals appearance since 2004? Can the New York Knicks return to the conference finals for the first time since 2000? 

Can anyone take on the Boston Celtics in the East? Are the Denver Nuggets still on track for their second consecutive NBA Finals appearance, with a chance to repeat as champions?

Can the Timberwolves, with a healthy squad (save for head coach Chris Finch, who ruptured a patellar tendon during a game), slow down Nikola Jokic and the Denver offence? Can the Indiana Pacers provide adequate defence against the Knicks?

Are you ready for more standout postseason performances from Jalen Brunson, Anthony Edwards, Tyrese Haliburton, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander?

The NBA's East and West conference semifinals are underway, and the answers will become clearer with each game. Look at the schedules, times, dates, TV information, vital facts, and who to watch:

Key stats: Knicks guard Jalen Brunson averaged 35.5 points and 9.0 assists in the first round, and the Knicks' defence will face Indiana's offence, which averaged 119.4 points per 100 possessions in the first round.

Who to watch: Josh Hart, OG Anunoby, Donte DiVincenzo, and Miles McBride have all contributed to Brunson's success. Tyrese Haliburton and Pascal Siakam help the Pacers make the most of their flexible squad.

Key stats: Can the Mavericks' offence (115.9 points per 100 possessions in the playoffs) overcome Oklahoma City's defence (93.5 points allowed per 100 possessions)?

Who to watch: Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is an MVP finalist, while teammate Jalen Williams, a second-year guard-forward, is one of the league's emerging stars. Dallas' offence is led by guards Luka Doncic, another MVP finalist, and Kyrie Irving.

Key stats: Despite not being recognised for its offence, Minnesota had a league-best 123.2 points per 100 possessions in the first round, while Denver's versatile offence was restricted to 113.4 points per 100 possessions.

Who to watch: Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been sensational, while Denver's Nikola Jokic is one of the most skilled centres in NBA history, with a chance to earn his third MVP in four seasons.

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