Now it gets interesting. The regular season is over and the race for the NBA Championship is alive.
The Western Conference is pack full of interesting First Round matches that could cause a few surprises.
Of course the Golden State Warriors will be looking to avenge their NBA Finals loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, this time with Kevin Durant on board.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs, the Houston Rockets and a Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City will fancy their chances of spoiling the Warriors v Cavaliers love affair.
With the Playoffs kicking off tonight, lets take an in-depth look at the series of matches in the Western Conference.
Golden State are the overriding favourites to win the title this year
Golden State Warriors (1) v Portland Trail Blazers (8)
The Warriors made it clear at the start of the season that they wouldn't be chasing regular season records this time around as opposed to last year.
Still, they recorded their third straight 65+ win season to finish with the best record in the NBA and are the over-riding favourites to lift the title in June.
With Kevin Durant returning from injury just in time for the play-offs, the Warriors are fully fit going into the post-season, having won 14 of their last 15 regular season matches.
The NBA Playoffs bracket
Portland snuck into the Playoff picture this year and will be disappointed not to have improved on last year's fifth seed finish in the West.
In Damian Lillard they have a superstar able to carry the team who has enjoyed his best scoring season averaging 27 points-per-game.
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Prediction: Warriors win 4-0
The Blazers and the Warriors met in the Western Conference semi-finals with Steve Kerr's side winning the series 4-1.
But Golden State will be hoping to make quick work of their First Round match and the Blazers haven't been anywhere close to challenging the Warriors in their four regular season matches this year.
Gregg Popovich will be aiming to reach the NBA Conference Finals for the seventh time since 1999
San Antonio Spurs (2) v Memphis Grizzlies (7)
The Gasol brothers will match-up against each other in a series not expected to make headlines for glossy basketball.
The Spurs are always regarded as the dark horse in the NBA Playoffs and for good measure really.
Gregg Popovich's side pride themselves on good defence with Kawhi Leonard leading the charge and have the second best defensive record in the league
The Grizzlies are similar but are nowhere near as effective on offence.
James Harden's match-up against Russell Westbrook promises to be electrifying
Only the Dallas Mavericks averaged less points per game in the regular season.
Prediction: Spurs win 4-1
The Spurs could easily take this without taking a loss, giving them extra rest going into the semi-finals but the Grizzlies won both regular season matches at home against the Spurs and that will give them confidence on their own turf.
Russell Westbrook became only the second player in history to average a triple-double in the season
Houston Rockets (3) v Oklahoma City Thunder (6)
Now this is undoubtedly going to be the series to watch in the First Round ties. James Harden v Russell Westbrook promises to be everything that everyone expects with the two MVP candidates and triple-double extraordinaires ready to put on a show.
Only Golden State averaged more points per game than Houston did in the regular season while Oklahoma led the league in rebounds.
But in reality, Oklahoma's regular season record was always going to take a massive hit when Durant vacated to the Warriors and all the onus is on Westbrook.
In Houston, Harden has more capable players around him to shoot the basketball and to take some responsibility if he isn't firing on all cylinders.
Prediction: Houston win 4-3
This has seven-game series written all over it. Harden and Westbrook will both average triple-doubles and that final game in Houston promises to be electrifying but ultimately the Rockets will have too much for Oklahoma.
Can Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan make it work in LA?
LA Clippers (4) v Utah Jazz (5)
This is one of the closest match-ups in the Playoff First Round series.
The Jazz have the best defensive record in the league while the Clippers finished the regular season with the sixth best points per game record in the league.
Those stats often cancel each other out to provide a close affair and only one game in their regular season series saw both teams score more than 100 points.
The Utah Jazz have been the biggest surprise package of the season
But the Jazz must be given serious credit for their huge upturn in form this season having missed out on the Playoffs altogether last year.
In Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert they have two players that would get into most starting fives in the league.
Meanwhile the Clippers have constantly been an enigma in the NBA with All-Stars such as Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan unable to stay fit.
Prediction: Utah Jazz 4-2
The Jazz have been the biggest surprise package this season and will fancy their chances against the Clippers.