Fans anxiously awaiting the start of the NBA's second season won't be waiting quite as long as they may think.
Now that the regular-season schedule has entered its final turn in the month of April, playoff implications hang heavy on the remaining games for all playoff contenders and hopefuls.
For some teams, the road to the postseason isn't nearly as daunting as it is for others. Be it a home-heavy schedule or a slew of inferior opponents headed their direction, there are some clear on-paper advantages for these clubs.
As for the teams on this list, though, the schedule only intensifies over the coming weeks. There are remaining games with some of the league's most powerful heavyweights, an unbalanced disparity of home and road games or both.
But which team faces the most daunting task of all others?
And what does it mean in terms of playoff tickets yet to be punched or postseason positioning yet to be determined?