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Can the Minnesota Timberwolves reach their first conference finals appearance since 2004? Can the New York Knicks reach the conference finals for the first time since 2000? Can anyone challenge the Boston Celtics in the East? Are the Denver Nuggets still on their way to their second straight NBA Finals appearance with a chance to repeat as champions?

With a healthy roster (except for their head coach Chris Finch, who tore a patellar tendon during a game), can the Timberwolves slow down Nikola Jokic and Denver’s offense? Can the Indiana Pacers find enough defense against the Knicks?

Are you ready for more playoff appearances from Jalen Brunson, Anthony Edwards, Tyrese Haliburton and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander?

The NBA East and West Conference Semifinals are here and the answers will become clearer with each game. Check out the schedules, times, dates, TV info, key stats and who you can watch:

Eastern Conference Semifinals Schedule

No. 1 Boston Celtics vs. No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers or No. 5 Orlando Magic

Game 1, Tuesday: in Boston, 7pm ET, TNT

Game 2, Thursday: at Boston, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

Game 3, May 11: At Cleveland or Orlando, 8:30 PM ET, ABC

Game 4, May 13: At Cleveland or Orlando, time TBD, TNT

Game 5, May 15: At Boston, time TBD, TNT

Game 6, May 17: At Cleveland or Orlando, time TBD, ESPN

Game 7, May 19: In Boston, time and TV TBA

No. 2 New York Knicks vs. No. 6 Indiana Pacers

Game 1, Monday: in New York, 7:30 p.m., TNT

Game 2, Wednesday: in New York, 8:00 PM ET, TNT

Game 3, May 10: at Indiana, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

Game 4: May 12: at Indiana, 3:30 PM ET, ABC

Game 5, May 14: In New York, time TBD, TNT

Game 6, May 17: At Indiana, time TBA, ESPN

Game 7, May 19: In New York, time and TV TBD

Season series: Indiana won 2-1

Key statistics: Knicks guard Jalen Brunson averaged 35.5 points and 9.0 assists in the first round, and the Knicks defense will be tested against Indiana’s offense, which scored 119.4 points per 100 possessions in the first round.

Who to watch: Brunson was special and he gets scoring help from Josh Hart, OG Anunoby, Donte DiVincenzo and Miles McBride. Tyrese Haliburton and Pascal Siakam are making it work for the Pacers with a versatile roster.

Western Conference Semifinals Schedule

No. 1 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 5 Dallas Mavericks

Game 1, Tuesday: at Oklahoma City, 9:30 PM ET, TNT

Game 2, Thursday: At Oklahoma City, time TBD, ESPN

Game 3, May 11: at Dallas, 3:30 PM ET, ABC

Game 4, May 13: At Dallas, time TBD, TNT

Game 5, May 15: At Oklahoma City, time TBD, TNT

Game 6, May 18: at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Game 7, May 20: at Oklahoma City, 8:30 PM ET, TNT

Season series: Thunder won 3-1

Key statistics: Can the Mavericks’ offense (115.9 points per 100 possessions in the playoffs) score enough against Oklahoma City’s defense (93.5 points allowed per 100 possessions)?

Who to watch: Thunderguard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is an MVP finalist and teammate Jalen Williams, a second-year guard-forward, is one of the league’s rising stars. For Dallas, guard Luka Doncic, another MVP finalist, and guard Kyrie Irving provide offensive fireworks.

No. No. 2 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 3 Minnesota Timberwolves

Game 1, Saturday: at Denver, 7pm ET, TNT

Game 2, Monday: at Denver, 10pm ET, TNT

Game 3, May 10: at Minnesota, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Game 4, May 12: at Minnesota, 8:00 PM ET, TNT

Game 5, May 14: At Denver, time TBD, TNT

Game 6, May 16: at Minnesota, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN

Game 7, May 19: In Denver, time and TV TBA

Season series: Draw 2-2

Key statistics: Not known for its offense, Minnesota posted a league-best 123.2 points per 100 possessions in the first round, and Denver’s versatile offense was held in check at times in the first round at 113.4 points per 100 possessions.

Who to watch: Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been sensational, and Denver’s Nikola Jokic is one of the most talented centers to ever play in the NBA and will likely win his third MVP in the last four seasons.