If you’re a diehard fan of college basketball, there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to make you giddy, even if you don’t care about college basketball at all.
There’s no shortage of NBA basketball games to watch in the Final Four, and it’s easy to forget that the NCAA Tournament is also a national event.
So it only makes sense that ESPN 3 is going to get the ball rolling with some of the most entertaining basketball games on the planet.
There are four teams to watch this year in the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament, and each of them are fighting to make it to the Final 4, which takes place on Saturday.
Here’s the breakdown of the matchups and which of them will get to face the rest of the field in the NBA Playoffs.
In the East, the Cavaliers and Celtics are going to face off in Cleveland.
This will be the second meeting between these two teams, which was last year in Boston.
The Cavaliers will be looking to make a run to the NBA Finals this season and will have a few key pieces back from that team.
Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters are both returning from injuries, and the team will be led by Isaiah Thomas, who will be entering his age-29 season.
However, Cleveland is coming off a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, and they’ll be looking for revenge after that defeat.
Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie have been the key pieces of this team, and this will be Thomas’ second trip to the Finals.
Isaiah and his teammates are a very tough team to play against and are looking to get revenge for last year’s loss.
Cleveland’s best player is still Kyrie, and he’ll be one of the main reasons for that success.
LeBron James will be back to help his team this year as well, and that should be a lot of fun to watch.
Cleveland is also led by the return of two of its biggest stars.
Kyriakos Ezeli and Tristan Thompson will be returning after missing the 2016-17 season due to injury.
Ezelis production has been steady and he has been one of Cleveland’s most important players during his time in Cleveland, averaging 14.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in his last four games.
He’s going to have a huge game against his former team.
In the West, the Thunder are looking for their third straight win after a disappointing loss to Golden State on Sunday.
Russell Westbrook will be one-upping the Golden State Warriors on this night.
Westbrook will have his back to the basket and will likely have the best scoring night of his career.
This could be a good night for Oklahoma City to get back to their old form, which they had lost in the first round of the playoffs a year ago.
The Thunder’s most consistent player, Dion Waitert, will be a key piece of the team and should be able to keep it rolling.
Waitert had an impressive performance against Golden State last year, scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
The reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year will have to carry this team in the Finals, and Westbrook will definitely be the man in this series.
The West Coast teams have some major questions to answer.
The Los Angeles Lakers will be without Kobe Bryant, who has yet to play since he broke his left hand against the Warriors.
That will make it tough for the Lakers to match the scoring of Golden State’s guards, and Los Angeles will have another tough test to face in the Pac-12 South.
San Francisco will have its toughest test of the night against the Washington Wizards.
They’re coming off an ugly loss to Oklahoma City, and a win will put them in the best position to get over the hump in the conference.
The Wizards will also be without Marcin Gortat and Bradley Beal, and with the exception of DeMarcus Cousins, they’ll likely be without their starting center and guard.
The Warriors, meanwhile, will have their best game of the season against the Los Angeles Clippers.
This game could be decided by just one possession, and one play of great play will put a dagger in their possession.
The Clippers are without their star guard and their two most important pieces, and should make things very difficult for the Warriors in the second half.