Things are heating up in the NBA's Western Conference, as teams are making moves and jostling for positioning in the 2013 NBA postseason.
The West is currently the league's premiere conference. There are eight teams with a positive point differential, to just six in the Eastern Conference, and nine of the top 15 teams listed in Vegas Insider's title odds are from the West.
The Portland Trail Blazers stand within a half-game of the eighth seed, and at No. 10 is the Los Angeles Lakers who, despite being four games out of the playoffs, have a positive point differential. That makes 10 teams with legitimate postseason chances in the West.
Though the Lakers are currently in 10th pace in the conference, their top-heavy lineup is just what playoff series call for. On the other hand, the Denver Nuggets' depth won't help quite as much when rotations shorten up.
Also, the Memphis Grizzlies were just involved in a major trade with a couple Eastern Conference teams on Wednesday night, sending Rudy Gay to Toronto. That is sure to affect their odds down the line as the second half of the season continues.
Elsewhere the cast of franchises will continue rising and falling, but after half a season, we can take a decent look at where our title contenders stand.
Here are the top-10 title odds for NBA Western Conference teams as of Jan. 30.
Statistics used in this story are accurate as of Jan. 30.
Odds used in this story are courtesy of VegasInsider.com.