The NBA's Western Conference has always been a bastion for stiff, competitive basketball. Compared to its Eastern Conference counterpart, the Western Conference has always offered more entertaining basketball and more complete teams. This year is certainly no different.
Only 5.5 games separate the No. 1 overall seed, the Los Angeles Clippers (!), from the Houston Rockets (!), who sit tied for 14th with the Utah Jazz. The Rockets and Jazz are only 1.5 games back of the eighth-seeded Dallas Mavericks. Caught in between the playoff contention mix are the following teams:
We are only a quarter of the way through the NBA season and to see this sort of parody is amazing. Even the KINGS, who haven't been to the playoffs in over a decade, are in the mix for a playoff spot. There will be some separation between contenders and pretenders in the next month, but NBA fans should enjoy this while it lasts.
Prediction: The Rockets will still take on the Warriors in the Western Conference Final, with LeBron and crew falling to the Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals.
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