The National Basketball Association is the premier men's professional basketball league on the planet and boasts thirty franchised member clubs with 29 in the USA and one in Canada.
Its regular season kicked off in the last week of October runs through till April, taking a brief hiatus in February to for the annual NBA All-Star Game, with each team playing 82 games, 41 each home and away. The NBA Playoffs get underway in late April, as the best eight sides from Eastern and Western Conferences go hell for leather for the Championship.
The playoffs follow a tournament format and each team plays its opponent in a best-of-seven series, with the first team to win four games progressing to the next round. The final playoff round, the NBA Finals, is a best-of-seven series between the victors of both conferences and is hosted annually in June.