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As the basketball season winds down, the excitement heats up as another NBA Playoff season kicks off in the battle to win the national championship.

This year, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 marks the end of the regular NBA season.

Three days later, the 2018 NBA playoffs games are scheduled to start on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

The NBA Playoffs feature the top eight teams in each NBA conference all doing battle on the court in a best of seven series.

NBA Playoffs TV schedule

ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, and NBA TV will be the stations to watch in primetime on weeknights, while ABC takes on select games during the weekend. Beginning in June, watch for the Western Conference finals to air on cable channel TNT with full coverage of the Eastern Conference finals on ESPN and ABC .... as NBA fans coast to coast cheer "Let the games begin!"

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The NBA Final Championship games, which will air on ABC, are scheduled to begin on Thursday, May 31, 2018 in the ultimate showdown between the two top teams from each conference. And don't forget to grab the popcorn for the big finale - Championship Game 7 - set for Sunday, June 17 on ABC.

Meanwhile, keep it here for more on the complete NBA Playoff schedule including team match-ups, dates, and TV times as we fill in the blanks on our NBA Playoff bracket, leading up to the final 2018 NBA Championship in June.

DID YOU KNOW? NBA playoffs trivia & fun facts

1969 : Um, wait just a second ....

• Michael Jordan’s jump shot against Utah’s Byron Russell in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals gave Chicago an 87-86 win and the championship. It was Jordan’s last NBA Finals of his career.

• Before Game 7 of the 1969 NBA Finals, Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke had the LA Forum rafters filled with balloons to celebrate when the Lakers beat the Boston Celtics to win the championship. They didn’t.

• The Golden State Warriors were heavily favored to repeat as NBA Champions in 2016, but they struggled through the early games, due in part to the absence of star player Stephen Curry, who was sidelined with a knee injury. Golden State ultimately lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James. It was the first NBA title for the Cavs, and the first for LeBron James.

• There are 13 unlucky franchises that still haven't won an NBA championship: Brooklyn Nets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, LA Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans.

NBA playoffs & finals around the Web:

Around the Web, get complete reports on stats, scores, and who was in and who was out of the running leading up to the finals championship. And don't forget to keep your TV remotes at the ready for the much-anticipated 2018 NBA draft in June....

NBA Playoffs - SB Nation
- Check out the complete TV schedule, the latest scores, stats, breaking news and photos.

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