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Predicting the 8 NBA Playoff Teams Coming out of the West in 2012
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Although it looks like the power in the NBA is shifting towards the East, the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy stayed out West with the Dallas Mavericks.

The one thing that is changing in the West is the way teams are trending.

Teams like Portland and Oklahoma City seem to be getting better and becoming threats for big things. They have a young corps still meshing together and have room for improvements.

Then you have teams like San Antonio, which will watch their playoff seed drop in 2012. Former contenders like Phoenix and Denver might miss out on the postseason completely.

The Mavericks and Lakers could make some moves to bring in new blood, but if not they shouldn't show any signs of a downwards trend.

Let's look at how the West could play out come playoff time in 2012.

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