Checkout full schedule for National Basketball Association playoff

Checkout full schedule for National Basketball Association playoff

Golden State Warriors (2) vs. San Antonio Spurs (7) - This is a rematch of last year's Western Conference finals in name alone, as Golden State is without two-time MVP Stephen Curry this time around and the Spurs' franchise missing marquee player, Kawhi Leonard, remains out after playing just nine games this season.

The Warriors still boast the same core of outstanding players that went all the way to the championship a year ago, making them the favourites to go back to back this season.

After dipping last season, the NBA's average television viewership rose to a four-year high in 2017-18. After the Minnesota Timberwolves escaped a late push by the Denver Nuggets, that forced overtime, the 16-team field was set. All but one of the remaining titles went to teams seeded second or third going into the postseason - and even several of those were clearly the best team (see: the 2012 Miami Heat with their Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh; the 2001 and 2002 Los Angeles Lakers featuring Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal; the 1993 Chicago Bulls claiming their third straight title led by Michael Jordan).

Paul and Harden have formed a duo capable of bulldozing any team, with the Timberwolves facing a serious challenge to ensure that fate does not befall them. In fact, just one game separated them and third-place Portland Trailblazers, whose star, Damian Lillard, has been one of the best players in the league this year.

Portland Trail Blazers (3) vs. John Wall has played in just four games since January 27, and the Wizards have oddly looked better without the star point guard.

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Oklahoma City has the star power in this series with Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in the starting lineup. Anchored by Rudy Gobert, Utah has the league's second-best defense.

Over the last four decades, a top-seeded team has claimed 28 championships. DeMar DeRozan and Co. shouldn't have much trouble beating a 43-win team. The Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo will be looking to advance past the first round for the first time (he's 0-for-2 thus far).

Second-placed Boston Celtics will take on seventh-placed Milwaukee Bucks without star player Kyrie Irving, the first game of the series at Boston. The Warriors, meanwhile, have lost 10 of their last 17 games. Ben Simmons has raised his game with Embiid sidelined, giving Philadelphia a 16-game winning streak to conclude the regular season.

The National Basketball Association's so-called "real season", i.e., "the playoffs", is about to start, the time when even casual fans jump on the hoops bandwagon and pay attention.

The NBA postseason kicks off on Saturday April 14 and will continue until June when a champion is crowned in the NBA Finals.

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