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The Toronto Raptors have avoided the dreaded mid-day start to Game 1 of their NBA playoff series.
After being accustomed to noon tipoffs the last two seasons, the Raptors will open their best-of-seven first-round series with the Milwaukee Bucks at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Air Canada Centre, the league announced.
Game 2 will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Toronto with Game 3 on Thursday in Milwaukee at 8 p.m. and Game 4 in Milwaukee on Saturday, April 22 at 3 p.m.
If required, Game 5 will be in Toronto on April 24, Game 6 in Milwaukee on April 27 and Game 7 in Toronto on April 29 with times to be announced.
The opening game Saturday will certainly create havoc for some Toronto sports fans. The Leafs are to play Game 2 of their first round Stanley Cup playoffs series with the Capitals in Washington at 7 p.m., and there will be at least a bit of an overlap for fans of both teams.
There will also be madness in the square since Maple Leaf Sports has decreed that the area known as Jurassic Park on the western edge of the arena will be given over to whichever of the two teamss is playing at home. They will have to wrest with a decision on what to do after the Raptors game ends and attention can shift to the Maple Leafs.
The Blue Jays and Toronto FC also play on Saturday, making it the busiest possible day in Toronto sports.