By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Apr 18, 2023 at 2:06 PM Photography: Milwaukee Bucks

NBA, be warned: Now begins the Bucks postseason revenge tour. 

Giannis and company are back in the playoffs, and after leaving the party prematurely last season thanks to the Celtics, the 2021 champs are hungry to hoist the trophy once again, prove all the doubters wrong and maybe even celebrate with another 50-piece.

To help fans both crazed and casual keep up with Milwaukee's run for another championship ring, here's a guide to the basics of the Bucks' current playoff push – from who they're currently playing to where the series stands and what could happen next. I'd call it an idiot's guide to the NBA playoffs – but if you're rooting for Giannis and the Bucks, you're far from an idiot. 

Here's everything you need to know about the Milwaukee's place in the NBA playoffs:

Who the Bucks are playing

It's a familiar face greeting the Bucks in the first round: the Miami Heat. In case you somehow need a reminder, their last two playoff meetings were very memorable. Back in the bubble, the Heat took a shocking gentleman's sweep of Milwaukee on their way to the NBA Finals, but the next season, the Bucks got their revenge, scoring a clean four-game sweep to start the postseason and their run to hoisting the Finals trophy. What will this latest meeting portend? The Heat struggled for much of the season, landing in the eighth and final East seed after a unspectacular play-in tournament performance – but you can never count out Jimmy Butler and the famous "Heat culture" that grinds for every game. 

Where the series currently stands

Well, that didn't quite go as planned. 

The Bucks began the postseason on a bummer note, losing Game 1 at Fiserv Forum and falling behind 1-0 to the Heat in this best-of-seven matchup. Worst of all, Giannis left the game early after taking a hard fall and landing on his lower back (not that the Bucks looked particularly good with him in the game, either). Hopefully the Bucks won't lose Giannis for the series ... and the series in the process. 

Where the Bucks are playing

As the top seed in the East, Milwaukee has home court advantage in the first round – as well as throughout however long their entire postseason goes. As a result, Game 2 will tip off at Fiserv Forum before heading out on the road for Games 3 and 4. If the opening series goes beyond four games – and for the Bucks' sake, it better after dropping the first one – Games 5 and 7 will return to Brew City while Game 6 will take place at the Heat's home. 

When the Bucks are playing

It took a while thanks to the play-in tournament, but we now know most of the updated schedule for the first round playoffs. Here's Milwaukee's first-round slate (or at least a good chunk of it):

  • Game 2 – Wednesday, April 19 at 8 p.m. at Fiserv Forum
  • Game 3 – Saturday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Miami
  • Game 4 –Monday, April 24 at TBD in Miami
  • Game 5 (if necessary) – Wednesday, April 26 at TBD at Fiserv Forum
  • Game 6 (if necessary) – Friday, April 28 at TBD in Miami
  • Game 7 (if necessary) – Sunday, April 30 at TBD at Fiserv Forum

More details on the games – including the last three, which may end up being unnecessary in case of a sweep or if the best-of-seven series wraps up early – will be announced by the NBA as the playoffs continue. 

Where to watch the Bucks

For the postseason-opening first games, if you're not able to get into Fiserv Forum or Deer District, you'll be able to find the Bucks and Heat duking it out on NBA TV for the second spat and on ESPN for Game 3. For the first round, you'll also be able to still get the hometown call on Bally Sports Wisconsin. The rest of the series's broadcast schedule will be announced later. 

For a full guide of general tips and tricks on how to stream the playoffs, especially if you've cut the cord, check out our Bucks playoffs streaming guide. But in short: ESPN is available to stream on its respective website with the help of some cable sign-in info, as well as available on most live television streaming services like Sling TV or Hulu with Live TV. The same goes for any TNT broadcasts, and while NBA TV is a little more complicated, the channel is also available with most live TV streaming services. And in the case of any future ABC broadcasts, fans can also access the games for free with the help of an old-school antenna or watching on ESPN's website.

If you'd like to avoid all of that nonsense, you could always watch elsewhere with your fellow Bucks fans! Just about any bar qualifies as a sports bar these days, but if you want some particular fan favorites, check out this sports bar guide. If you really want the full Bucks fandom experience, however, come down to Deer District during gametime for one of the Downtown hub's iconic viewing parties. Stay tuned for more updates and official info on those parties as the Bucks announce more details.

What happens next

Hopefully a recovery – for both Giannis and the entire Bucks squad after getting slapped in Game 1. If Milwaukee manages to wake up, avoid a shocker of an upset and extinguish the Heat, they'll play the winner of the first-round series between Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks, a seven-game bout that began Saturday with the Knicks up 1-0 in the series. For Bucks fans planning ahead, you'll want to keep an eye on that closely contested matchup. 

But before we start thinking to hard about any of that, first things first: Let's beat the Heat. 

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.