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Scheduling information has been released for the first round of the 2009 Playoffs. As expected, the Lakers will begin their first round series against the Jazz on Sunday. Full details after the jump.

The following provides full scheduling details, including date, time, and what channel you can find it on. All times are in Pacific Daylight Time (Los Angeles).

Game Location Day Time TV
Game 1 Staples Center (LA) Sunday, April 19 12:00 p.m. ABC
Game 2 Staples Center (LA) Tuesday, April 21 7:30 p.m.

FS West

Game 3 EnergySolutions Arena (Utah) Thursday, April 23 7:30 p.m. TNT
Game 4 EnergySolutions Arena (Utah) Saturday, April 25 6:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 5* Staples Center (LA) Monday, April 27 TBD

FS West

Game 6* EnergySolutions Arena (Utah) Thursday, April 30 TBD ESPN or TNT
Game 7* Staples Center (LA) Saturday, May 2 TBD TNT
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* if necessary

Be sure to check out the SB Nation Playoffs Hub. and also have their playoff pages up:

Visit the link above to ESPN's page to find series predictions from 10 of ESPN's regular NBA analysts. Eight out of 10 are predicting Lakers in five games, with Tim Legler showing some bold confidence in the Jazz — still predicting a Laker victory, but going to six games, instead of five — and Marc Stein expeting the Lakers to take care of business in four quick games.

Silver Screen and Roll's predictions will be coming soon, at which point we'll also be asking you to weigh in with your own predictions.

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