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NBA - National Basketball Association

The NBA (National Basketball Association) is the largest and most important professional basketball league in North America. The seasonal competition incorporates 30 teams from the United States and Canada, and has competed each year since its inception in 1946.

As basketball is one of the most popular American sports, it should be no surprise to learn that the NBA sits amongst the top four leagues in the United States, alongside Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Hockey League (NHL), and the National Football League (NFL).

Like so many other popular leagues, the NBA holds both regular and playoff seasons each year, with playoffs being similar to finals in other sports. From the 30 competing teams, the top eight from each conference (Eastern and Western) compete against one another in a seeded format, with a best-of-seven series taking place. The competition format has evolved over the years, but since 2006 the playoff setting has remained the same.

During its six-decade history, the NBA has seen countless teams come and go. While many have stayed, a handful have become defunct, merged, moved cities, or been relegated to lower divisions. One of the biggest clubs that has ceased to exist altogether was the Baltimore Bullets, a championship-winning team that played eight seasons during the formative years of the NBA.

The NBA boasts some of the most recognizable clubs in sporting history. Teams like the Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, and LA Lakers have been household names for decades, and as the NBA continues to expand into every corner of the globe, professional sports stars are also gaining unfathomable recognition.

Throughout its history, basketball fans all over the world have come to revere players like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan – who is perhaps the most respected basketball player in the NBA’s history. More recently, though, it has been the likes of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant that have stolen the media headlines.

Whether you follow your favorite NBA team, or a particular basketball superstar, you can enjoy basketball betting at a number of top quality online sportsbooks.

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