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.
No. 1 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 8 Washington Wizards
Game 1: Toronto Raptors 114, Washington Wizards 106 - FINAL
Game 2: Toronto Raptors 130, Washington Wizards 119 - FINAL
Game 3: Washington Wizards 122, Toronto Raptors 103 - FINAL
Game 4: Washington Wizards 106, Toronto Raptors 98 - FINAL
Game 5: Toronto Raptors 108, Washington Wizards 98 - FINAL
*Game 6: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards: April 27 at TBD
*Game 7: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors: April 29 at TBD
No. 2 Boston Celtics vs. No. 7 Milwaukee Bucks
Game 1: Boston Celtics 113, Milwaukee Bucks - FINAL
Game 2: Boston Celtics 120, Milwaukee Bucks 106 - FINAL
Game 3: Milwaukee Bucks 116, Boston Celtics 92 - FINAL
Game 4:Milwaukee Bucks 104, Boston Celtics 102 - FINAL
Game 5: Boston Celtics 92, Milwaukee Bucks 87 - FINAL
Game 6: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks: April 26 at 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 7: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics: April 28 at TBD
No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers vs. No. 6 Miami Heat
Game 1: Philadelphia 76ers 130, Miami Heat 103 - FINAL
Game 2: Miami Heat 113, Philadelphia 76ers 103 - FINAL
Game 3: Philadelphia 76ers 128, Miami Heat 108 - FINAL
Game 4: Philadelphia 76ers 106, Miami Heat 103 - FINAL
Game 5: Philadelphia 76ers 104, Miami Heat 91 - FINAL
Philadelphia 76ers win series 4-1
No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. No. 5 Indiana Pacers
Game 1: Indiana Pacers 98, Cleveland Cavaliers 80 - FINAL
Game 2: Cleveland Cavaliers 100, Indiana Pacers 97 - FINAL
Game 3: Indiana Pacers 92, Cleveland Cavaliers 90 - FINAL
Game 4: Cleveland Cavaliers 104, Indiana Pacers 100 - FINAL
Game 5: Cleveland Cavaliers 95, Indiana Pacers 89 - FINAL
*Game 6: Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers: April 27 at TBD
*Game 7: Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers April 29 at TBD
No. 1 Houston Rockets vs. No. 8 Minnesota Timberwolves
Game 1: Houston Rockets 104, Minnesota Timberwolves 101 - FINAL
Game 2: Houston Rockets 102, Minnesota Timberwolves 82 - FINAL
Game 3: Minnesota Timberwolves121, Houston Rockets 105 - FINAL
Game 4: Houston Rockets 119, Minnesota Timberwolves 100 - FINAL
Game 5: Houston Rockets 122, Minnesota Timberwolves 105 - FINAL
Game 6: Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves: April 27 at TBD
Game 7: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets: April 29 at TBD
No. 2 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 7 San Antonio Spurs
Game 1: Golden State Warriors 113, San Antonio Spurs 92 - FINAL
Game 2: Golden State Warriors 116, San Antonio Spurs 101 - FINAL
Game 3: Golden State Warriors 110 San Antonio Spurs 97 - FINAL
Game 4: San Antonio Spurs 103, Golden State Warriors 90 - FINAL
Game 5: Golden State Warriors 99, San Antonio Spurs 91 - FINAL
Golden State Warriors win series 4-1
No. 3 Portland Trail Blazers vs. No. 6 New Orleans Pelicans
Game 1: New Orleans Pelicans 97, Portland Trail Blazers 95 - FINAL
Game 2: New Orleans Pelicans 111, Portland Trail Blazers 102 - FINAL
Game 3: New Orleans Pelicans 119, Portland Trail Blazers 102 - FINAL
Game 4: New Orleans Pelicans 131, Portland Trail Blazers 123- FINAL
New Orleans sweeps series 4-0
No. 4 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz
Game 1: Oklahoma City Thunder 116, Utah Jazz 108 - FINAL
Game 2: Utah Jazz 102, Oklahoma City Thunder 95 - FINAL
Game 3: Utah Jazz 115, Oklahoma City Thunder 102 - FINAL
Game 4: Utah Jazz 113, Oklahoma City Thunder 96 - FINAL
Game 5: Oklahoma City Thunder 107, Utah Jazz 96 - FINAL
Game 6: Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz: April 27 at TBD
Game 7: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: April 29 at TBD
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....