9 reasons to watch the NBA Playoffs

Published: Thursday, April 17 2014 5:49 p.m. MDT

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The Toronto Raptors are the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, but if they played in the Western Conference, they wouldn't have made the playoffs. The West is extremely tough this year. The Phoenix Suns have the same record as two Eastern Conference teams that are in the playoffs, and have a better record than four others that will play in the postseason. Yet sadly enough, the Suns weren't good enough to make the playoffs in the West.

The West has been the superior conference for decades with the exception of a couple teams from the East (Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics). Naturally, when there are several elite teams playing in the same conference, it makes for some compelling matchups. This year is no different.

The Dallas Mavericks will face the San Antonio Spurs in a matchup that will feature two teams that have dominated the West for years; the Los Angeles Clippers will face the Golden State Warriors in a matchup between two high-octane offensive teams; the Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers will be a series between two teams trying to prove themselves as the future of the West; and the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies will meet in familiar territory as these teams have faced in the playoffs before.

No matter which series it is, NBA fans get a real treat with the Western Conference this year.
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