NBA Playoffs 2011: Western Conference Features Exciting Matchups

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Western Conference Features Exciting Matchups
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After waiting until the last game of the final day of the regular season was completed before understanding how the numerous and complicated Western Conference Playoff scenarios would become matchups, all of the seeds are finally set.

Among the intriguing matchups are the Carmelo-less Nuggets taking on the talented Thunder, the defending champion Lakers hosting the pesky Hornets, the underachieving Mavericks battling with the underrated Blazers, and the top-seeded Spurs' probable beatdown of the Grizzlies.

And although the Western Conference may not have the same glitz and glamour or star power and drama, it’s going to feature some better basketball matchups than fans of Eastern Conference teams will see.

For example, while two teams got in the playoffs with .500 or worse records (Philly and Indiana), the lowest seed in the Western Conference (Memphis) finished the regular season at 10 games over .500, and still battled just to make it in.

As a result, there will be some closer games and some longer series.

Be sure to check back here daily for injury updates, additional analysis and playoff predictions.

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