There will be a lot of excitement surrounding the return of the NBA to the U.S. for the 2016-17 season.
With the NFL in the offseason, we thought it would be a great time to bring you all the news about what is likely to happen this season and beyond.
But, it’s time to start thinking about the rest of the season, because with only a handful of games remaining, the stakes are high.
So, which NBA teams are poised to make the playoffs?
The NBA is set to play 32 games, including seven in the Eastern Conference.
Here are the most intriguing matchups.
NBA Finals Game 1 The Warriors and Celtics are locked in a best-of-seven series, with the teams meeting twice.
The Warriors are coming off a win over the Bulls, which saw them defeat the Bulls in the conference finals.
This could be the last time they face the Bulls.
They could also face LeBron James and Kevin Durant, who will likely be battling for the title.
Boston is coming off their first playoff loss in more than a decade, which they lost in six games to the Cavaliers.
The Celtics have been a perennial playoff contender since the 2012-13 season.
The defending champs have the talent and depth to win the title, but they need a few more wins to do so.
NBA Playoffs Game 3 If they are able to beat James and Durant, the Celtics will face a potentially tough schedule, with games against the Spurs, Knicks and Thunder.
The Spurs have struggled to score against the Celtics, who rank second in the league in scoring defense.
The Pistons, Pacers and Heat will also be in the playoffs, along with the Cavaliers and Thunder, who have been in the postseason for the last three seasons.
The Bulls have won three straight and have the best record in the West.
This game is a must-win for the Bulls if they want to win it all.
NBA Summer League Game 4 The Pistons will be facing off against the Bulls this weekend in the second of their four games in the summer.
The Pacers and Cavs will play against the Raptors, Rockets, Raptors, Mavericks and Warriors.
The Raptors have been the best team in the East since the regular season, but the Pacers have been one of the worst teams in the NBA.
This is a team that could use a win.
The Cavaliers will also face off against James Harden and the Houston Rockets, which has been a tough matchup for them.
The Rockets will be without James Harden, who missed most of the preseason due to injury.
The Cavs have struggled with injuries all season, so a win here could help them avoid the playoffs for the first time since 2009-10.
NBA Draft Lottery Game 5 The Bucks will be looking to win a playoff series against the Cavaliers, who defeated them in five games during the regular-season.
The Bucks have a great chance to win this series, but it’s very much a “who will play better” scenario.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been able to win five of their past six games against Milwaukee, who are coming into the series on a five-game winning streak.
The only thing that stands in the way for the Bucks is the fact that James Harden will be back for Game 5.
The second game will be at 4 p.m.
ET on TNT.
NBA All-Star Game Game 4 Here are all the games that are scheduled for this weekend, including a rematch of the 2017 NBA All “Bucks” All-Stars Game.
The 2018 Bucks have had an outstanding season, going 10-3 and advancing to the Western Conference finals.
The 2019 Bucks are set to take on the defending champ, Steph Curry and the Warriors.
Golden State is a great team, but losing to the Cavs will be tough for them, as well.
NBA First Round Game 6 The Raptors, who currently sit in third place in the Atlantic Division, will take on a Cleveland team that is in last place in their division.
This should be a fun series, as the Raptors have had a very good season in 2017-18.
They are tied for the best start to the season in the Western Division, and have won five of six games.
The 2016-18 Raptors are looking to extend their winning streak to nine games.
If they can pull this off, they will have a shot at the 2019 NBA Championship.
NBA Western Conference Playoffs Game 7 The Grizzlies will be in a fight for the top seed in the playoff race.
They will play in the first round of the playoffs and face a Golden State team that has not won a playoff game in seven years.
The Grizzlies are a talented team, and they could use another win against a good Golden State opponent.
The Nuggets have struggled mightily this season, especially on defense.
If the Warriors can stop them in this series and win the series in seven, they would have a chance to get into the playoffs.
NBA NBA All Star Game 8 Here are some of the games and teams to watch during the All-star break.
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