Hugely popular sport in the United States of America (as well as many countries around the world) is basketball. An estimated 30 million Americans viewed matches in the previous NBA season, as well as a huge global audience.
After its founding in New York City on June 6th, 1946, it was originally known as BAA (Basketball Association of America) before changing its name to NBA (National Basketball Association on August 3rd, 1949.
The NBA has produced a multitude of global superstars such as Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant, Julius Erving, LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Scottie Pippen and of course, the most famous of them all, Michael Jordan.
The NBA is divided up into 2 conferences, which are in turn divided into 3 divisions. The Eastern Conference has 3 divisions called Atlantic, Central and Southeast. The Western Conference has 3 divisions named Northwest, Pacific and Southwest.
The playoffs consist of 16 teams, 8 from each conference. The top 6 teams from their win/loss record qualify for the play offs, while teams ranked 7-10 play for the extra playoff berths in the play-in tournament. Once decided, the 1st team is matched against 8th team, the 2nd team is matched against the 7th team and so on. They play in a best of 7 series to determine the team that goes through to the next round of matches (Conference semi-finals) and onwards to the conference finals. The winners of the 2 conference finals then meet to determine the NBA Champion.
The teams that are expected to do well this year are Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and Phoenix Suns. Will the winner of the 2022-23 season come from these teams, or will another team surprise the experts?
The first match of the regular season is on October 18th, 2022 and the final match before the playoffs is April 9th, 2023.
|Play-In tournament||April 11-14, 2023|
|NBA Playoffs begin||April 15, 2023|
|NBA Semi Finals begin||May 1-2, 2023|
|NBA Finals 2023 Games 1||June 1, 2023|
|NBA Finals 2023 Games 2||June 4, 2023|
|NBA Finals 2023 Games 3||June 7, 2023|
|NBA Finals 2023 Games 4||June 9, 2023|
|NBA Finals 2023 Games 5 (if required)||June 12, 2023|
|NBA Finals 2023 Games 6 (if required)||June 15, 2023|
|NBA Finals 2023 Games 7 (if required)||June 18, 2023|