NBA Western Conference: Comparing Playoff Hopefuls

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NBA Western Conference: Comparing Playoff Hopefuls
Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE

In the Western Conference this year, there are six teams that are obvious locks for making the playoffs: the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs.

Last year, those teams made up the No. 1 through No. 6 seeds in the West. The seventh and eighth seeds went to the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks—two teams who were on the brink of not making the playoffs at all and made major shakeups this summer that could lead to their eventual downfall from their spots in the playoffs.

This shakeup is in large part due to the major strides taken by the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves. These four teams are going to be battling it out for the last two available spots in the West.

Which team will make it in the end? Let's compare each of their assets side by side.

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