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Will LeBron James be back in the NBA Finals up against one of his former teams? It’s not a certainty, but that’s the way things are shaping up in the NBA playoffs.
On Thursday night, James led the Los Angeles Lakers to a Game 4 win over the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals, moving them one win away from a spot in the NBA Finals. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat are also one victory away from reaching the championship game after notching a Game 4 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
It’s not a shock that the Lakers, the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, are in this position. But it’s been a surprise run from the Heat, who are the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference and took down the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the second round. They now have the No. 3-seeded Celtics on the brink of elimination.
With both series getting closer to their conclusions, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming action in the NBA playoffs.
Remaining Conference Finals Schedule
Friday, Sept. 25
Game 5: No. 5 Miami Heat at No. 3 Boston Celtics, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Saturday, Sept. 26
Game 5: No. 3 Denver Nuggets at No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers, 9 p.m. ET, TNT
Sunday, Sept. 27
Game 6 (if necessary): No. 3 Boston Celtics at No. 5 Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Monday, Sept. 28
Game 6 (if necessary): No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers at No. 3 Denver Nuggets, TBD, TNT
Game 7 (if necessary): No. 3 Boston Celtics at No. 5 Miami Heat, TBD, TBD
Wednesday, Sept. 30
Game 7 (if necessary): No. 3 Denver Nuggets at No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers, TBD, TNT
NBA Title Odds
Los Angeles Lakers: -330 (bet $330