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How the NBA Western Conference Will Be Won
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Unlike the woeful Eastern Conference, the NBA's Western Conference is thriving due to the prosperity of clubs like the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers and many more. 

It remains a foregone conclusion that the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers will eventually square off for the Eastern Conference title, but things in the West remain much more uncertain thanks to an array of talent that has produced eight teams with records above .500. 

For context's sake, the Phoenix Suns—currently occupying the West's No. 8 seed—would own the No. 3 seed if they were in the East, which is probably why the team's Twitter account (in tandem with the Blazers) chose to troll the Association's inferior conference just a few months back. 

And with competition growing increasingly fierce out West, it's time to break down the factors that will result in a conference title for the elite contenders, such as injuries, home-court advantage, favorable matchups and the timely emergence of role players. 

   

All statistics are current as of Tuesday, Jan. 21 and were retrieved from Basketball Reference unless noted otherwise. 

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