Making Sense of the Wild West's Race to the NBA Playoffs

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Making Sense of the Wild West's Race to the NBA Playoffs
Eric Gay/Associated Press

It seems like the Western Conference has been the class of the NBA forever, but this year, the divide is as apparent as it's been in decades.

Take a list of the best 11 teams in the league, and it's possible nine of those squads come from the West. It seems almost impossible, but one conference is harboring more than 80 percent of the top-tier squads in the NBA.

One team is going to earn the right to call home crying to their mommies and daddies about the rules at the end of the year. The Phoenix Suns would probably be third-best in the Eastern Conference, but right now they sit on the outside of the postseason looking in, qualified to make the playoffs on merit, but not on geography.

So we sit and wait to find out what will happen over the last month of the season.

Will the Suns get back into the hunt? Will the Memphis Grizzlies continue shooting up the Western Conference totem pole? Will the San Antonio Spurs finish with the best record in the league yet again?

We've got about a fifth of the year remaining to find out for sure.


*All statistics current as of March 20 and from and, unless otherwise noted. 

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