Just watching the Western Conference playoff picture come together was captivating. Fans can only hope the main attraction turns out to be as entertaining.

Judging the matchups, it very well could.

San Antonio going against Phoenix, New Orleans taking on Dallas and Utah hitting the road in Houston, and it's just the first round?

Even the West's No. 1 Lakers vs. No. 8 Nuggets pairing appears more intriguing than anything the Eastern Conference has to offer. Denver has more victories (50) than all but three East squads, and only one Eastern matchup pits teams with winning records.