NBA Sets Start Times For NBA Finals Games

East coast fans rejoice! The NBA releases start times for Finals games.

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Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers, 2017 NBA Finals

The NBA Finals will soon be heating up. But before we get there, the league has made a big announcement. According to Front Office Sports, the league is moving up the start time for each game in the Finals. The league has decided that each game in the series will begin at 8:30 PM ET. A move that hasn't changed in over 20 years. For the last 20 years, each game in the Finals has started at 9 PM ET. However, that time has regularly made fans of the East Coast groan.

Now it seems the early start time may put a pause on the negative reactions from the East Coast. However, 30 minutes may not be that much of a factor for a game that will still be ending near 11 PM. However, it seems like the move is the right situation when dealing with fans all over the country. Fans like myself have been fighting our eyelids during these late series matchups that include West Coast teams. Including Tuesday night's pivotal matchup between the Nuggets and Timberwolves.

NBA Finals Gets Earlier Start Time

The time is set. Now, who will be involved in this season's Finals? There are many contenders who could be involved in the summer classic. The Denver Nuggets punched their ticket to the next round on Tuesday night. However, the Nuggets will have a tough second-round matchup with the Pheonix Suns. Rounding out the rest of the Western Conference, the Lakers and Warriors could once again play a role in the NBA championship. Basically, the Western Conference is completely up for grabs.

Looking at the Eastern Conference, it seems only a few teams have a shot at conference bragging rights. However, the number one seed Milwaukee Bucks, are in deep waters. The team is one more loss from being eliminated from the playoffs. A Heat series win would be only the second time an eight seed has taken down a one seed. So, which two teams will make it to the NBA Finals this summer? Please give us your predictions in the comment section. For the latest NBA news, keep it right here with HNHH.

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Tyler Reed is a current Sports Writer for HotNewHipHop. He started back in March of 2023 with the company. During his time Tyler has shown his expertise in all things sports. Ranging from NBA news, all the way to boxing and MMA. He has bylines with several outlets, such as Busted Coverage, where Tyler has covered the NFL, College Football, WWE and beyond. Tyler has also written for Detroit Jock City, Wildcat Blue Nation and Swarm and Sting for the FanSided Network. Tyler is a massive Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Reds fan. Being from Kentucky, he chose connections to sports franchises that he enjoyed watching as a child. Unfortunately, his professional fandoms have only brought him pain. Tyler's hobbies outside of work include exercising and binge-watching the same shows he has watched for the last decade while endlessly scrolling through social media. His favorite hip-hop artists are Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Kentucky's own Jack Harlow.