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TV Schedule, April 24: Nationals Vs. Pirates, NBA Playoffs, NHL Playoffs

The Easter Sunday slate of television action will provide those overstuffed on big meals to enjoy a healthy mix of Nationals baseball, playoff hockey and playoff basketball. And it will allow you to avoid that dreaded conversation with Uncle Joey about "what you actually do"...

Here is a complete TV schedule of all of the action, starting with the hometown nine:

Nationals vs. Pirates: Jim Riggleman's ballclub looks to bounce back from an awful, 2010-esque loss on Saturday to Pittsburgh. Jason Marquis takes the hill against the Pirates Kevin Correia, as the Nationals (9-10) look to get back to .500 on the year. (1:35 p.m., MASN2)

NBA Playoffs

Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers, Game 4: The Fightin' LeWade's look to sweep Doug Collins' young 76ers squad in Game 4. The Heat have seemingly toyed with Philadelphia all series long, and there is no reason to think this game will be any different. (1:00 p.m., ABC)

Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks, Game 4: Jesus Shuttleworth and his fellas Celtics look to sweep Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks today. Even with a healthy Amar'e Stoudemire New York looks overmatched by the playoff-seasoned Celtics club. (3:30 p.m., ABC)

Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks, Game 4: The Hawks have a surprising 2-1 lead in this series after Jamal Crawford's banked-in three pointer to win Game 3. Orlando looks to bounce back and even the series. Expect a huge performance out of Dwight Howard today. (7:30 p.m., TNT)

NHL Playoffs

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres, Game 6: The Sabres blew a 3-0 lead in Game 5 but managed to squeak out an overtime 4-3 win. Ryan Miller looks to single-handedly carry his team to the second round of the playoffs. (3:00 p.m., NBC)

Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators, Game 6: The Predators look to make their first Western Conference semifinal in franchise history. The mighty Duckmen have never lost a first round series in seven appearances, but appear on the brink of making their own kind of franchise history.  (6:00 p.m., TSN...for our Canadian readers)

Vancouver Canucks vs. Chicago Blackhawks, Game 6: The Vancouver Canucks are obviously not familiar with the phrase "letting a team hang around", as they coughed up Game 5 to Chicago and now, despite a 3-2 series lead, seem to be fighting an uphill battle against the defending Stanley Cup champions. (7:30 p.m., Versus)

Other sports action

Yankees vs. Orioles: The Charm City Nine look to rebound after a crushing 15-3 loss to the Bronx Bombers Saturday evening. A ninth inning fastball to Russell Martin's back last night means today's contest could get heated early. (1:35 p.m., MASN)