The regular season of the NBA may be over for another year, but for the top 16 teams in the land the dream of becoming 2017 champions is still alive. As the playoffs get underway this weekend, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs are among the favourites to go all the way, but there are potential banana skins lurking in both the Eastern and Western Conferences and the first round promises to produce high levels of drama and tension for fans everywhere.
As the end of the regular season approaches, a number of teams can already start to look forward to the playoffs, while others can begin to lay the groundwork for next term after falling short.
The scrap for playoff places, divisional titles and home court advantage in the NBA postseason will continue this week with a jam-packed schedule of crucial matches.
A series of mouth-watering matches lie ahead this weekend as the countdown to the NBA postseason continues.
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