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. Online, games will also be livestreamed via WatchESPN and WatchTNT.
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!"
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.
Thursday, May 31 - Cavaliers at Warriors, 9 p.m. ET, ABC
Sunday, June 3 - Cavaliers at Warriors, 8 p.m. ET, ABC
Wednesday, June 6 - Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. ET, ABC
Friday, June 8 - Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. ET, ABC
Monday, June 11 - Cavaliers at Warriors, 9 p.m. ET, ABC*
Thursday, June 14 - Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. ET, ABC*
Sunday, June 17 -Cavaliers at Warriors, 8 p.m. ET, ABC*
DID YOU KNOW? NBA playoffs trivia & fun facts
1969: the Lakers, deflated.
• In 1969, Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke though it was fate. He was so confident of the Lakers' win over the Celtics that he had the LA Forum rafters filled with thousands of balloons with "World Champion Lakers" printed on them to celebrate when they won. They didn't.
• The Unlucky 13 teams which still haven't won a championship? They include the 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, and the 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....