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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 08: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles the ball while defended by Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on December 8, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Pacers will face Cleveland in the first round of the NBA Playoffs for the second straight season.

Philadelphia clinched the third seed with a 130-95 blowout over Milwaukee Wednesday night, locking the Cavaliers into the four seed and a rematch with the Blue and Gold.

Game one will be this weekend at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

The Cavaliers swept the Pacers last year in route to their third straight appearance in the NBA Finals.  LeBron James’ teams have won 21 straight first round playoff games.

Indiana won three of four games against Cleveland in the regular season this season, but all four games were before the Cavaliers remade their roster at the trade deadline.  They shipped out Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder and brought in Indianapolis native George Hill, Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr.

This is the fifth time in the last seven seasons the Pacers will face James in the playoffs. They’ve lost all four previous series, including three straight times to the Heat while James was in Miami.

Here’s the complete playoff schedule:

GAME 1

Pacers at Cavaliers
Sunday, April 15 | 3:30 PM ET | TV: ABC

GAME 2

Pacers at Cavaliers
Wednesday, April 18 | 7:00 PM ET | TV: TNT/FOX Sports Indiana

GAME 3

Pacers vs Cavaliers
Friday, April 20 | 7:00 PM ET | TV: ESPN/FOX Sports Indiana

GAME 4

Pacers vs Cavaliers
Sunday, April 22 | 8:30 PM ET | TV: TNT/FOX Sports Indiana

GAME 5*

Pacers at Cavaliers
Wednesday, April 25 | Time TBD | TV: TBD

GAME 6*

Pacers vs Cavaliers
Friday, April 27 | Time TBD | TV: TBD

GAME 7*

Pacers at Cavaliers
Sunday, April 29 | Time TBD | TV: TBD

*if necessary