Who will hug the Larry O'Brien Trophy this year?
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STRETCH RUN TO THE PLAYOFFS
Even though the NBA Playoffs don't begin until April 21, for some teams every game counts. Sure, Dallas looks like it will cruise to the top seed in the West and enjoy homecourt advantage as long as it stays alive, while Detroit appears poised to again hold court over any Eastern Conference foe, but who will they face in the opening round? Likewise, what's the soonest the Mavericks and Suns, the West's two top teams could meet in the Playoffs? NBA.com is here to help with a primer on this year's playoff seeding format.
If the Playoffs Started Today ...

Who's In? Who's Out?
Do you know how many games your team needs to win to secure a playoff berth? Or maybe you're rooting for one of the teams on the bubble, like Orlando, Indiana, the L.A. Clippers or Golden State? Let NBA.com help take the guesswork out of the playoff race.
Nifty Numbers | On The Bubble


WHERE TO WATCH
KEY DATES
April 18: NBA regular season ends
April 19: Rosters set for 2007 NBA Playoffs
April 21: 2007 NBA Playoffs begin
June 7: The Finals, Game 1, ABC
June 10: The Finals, Game 2, ABC
June 12: The Finals, Game 3, ABC
June 14: The Finals, Game 4, ABC
June 17: The Finals, Game 5*, ABC
June 19: The Finals, Game 6*, ABC
June 21: The Finals, Game 7*, ABC
PLAYOFFS HISTORY
Season-by-season recaps
Year-by-year statistical leaders
Individual records
Team records
Coaches: Victories | Winning Percentage
FINALS HISTORY
Past NBA Champions
Finals MVPs
Season-by-season recaps
Individual records
Team records