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  The NBA Is Back – It has been nearly three months since the last NBA game was played. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and man, there’s a lot to love about every team that’s going to compete for the 2020 NBA championship in Orlando next month. Now that the league’s board of governors has officially approved a return-to-play plan, featuring eight regular-season games, a potential play-in tournament and the postseason, here’s our early guide to all 22 teams and what we’re most excited to watch when basketball tips off again. (Kirk Goldsberry/ESPN)

Eastern Conference: 

Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis dunks, Toronto Raptors: Nick Nurse’s creativity, Boston Celtics: The Jason Tatum leap, Miami Heat: A scorching five-man lineup, Indiana Pacers: The impressive roster development, Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons’ playmaking, Brooklyn Nets: … is there any chance we see Kyrie or KD?, Orlando Magic: Markelle Fultz’s breakout, and Washington Wizards: All the points

Western Conference

Los Angeles Lakers: Another LeBron title push, LA Clippers: Beverley’s edge, Denver Nuggets: The weird offense, Utah Jazz: Gobert’s commanding defense, Oklahoma City Thunder: The crunch-time lineup, Houston Rockets: Is this a last stand?, Dallas Mavericks: Luka’s playoff debut, Memphis Grizzlies: Ja & Jaren, Portland Trail Blazers: Dame time, New Orleans Pelicans: Every Zion move, Sacramento Kings: Fox and Hield, San Antonio Spurs: The streak, and Phoenix Suns: Baynes … from deep

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