Few matchups in the NBA are as compelling as the one we're currently witnessing between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs.
The teams spent all of last season jostling for position atop the Western Conference (and league), and it has been no different this year. San Antonio currently has a slight lead over Oklahoma City for the top seed in the conference, and the season series is notched at one game apiece.
Even still, one can't help but shake the feeling that it is the Spurs who are chasing the Thunder and not the other way around. Oklahoma City is the reigning Western Conference champion, a title obtained by going through San Antonio only a season ago.
Though the Spurs are playing as though they vowed not to let last year repeat itself, do they actually have the edge, or is it the Thunder who should still be the favorites to come out of the West?
There is no shortage of talented teams in the Western Conference, but as we prepare to watch these two powerhouses square off for the third time this season, you get the sense they're on a postseason collision course once again.
*All stats used in this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference, Synergy Sports and 82games.com unless otherwise noted.