NBA Playoffs 2012: Predicting First-Round Winners for the Western Conference

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NBA Playoffs 2012: Predicting First-Round Winners for the Western Conference
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The NBA Playoffs are underway and we have already had a couple of crackling games thus far.

The Los Angeles Clippers had a comeback for the ages in their first tilt with Memphis, while the Lakers' Andrew Bynum was unstoppable against the Nuggets in Game 1 in their series.

Dallas and Oklahoma City have fought tooth-and-nail in their first two games and that has made for some compelling viewing.

With eight games in the books across the first round of the Western Conference, I felt comfortable enough to assess the trends thus far and provide my projections of the likely trajectory of each of the four first-round matchups.

So without further ado, here is a closer look at the West.

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