The NBA's second season is here as the 2013-2013 NBA Playoffs get underway on Saturday. The Western Conference looks to be stacked entering the playoffs, but one team is still the clear Odds on favorites to reach the NBA Finals.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Oklahoma City Thunder are favored to win the West, as they have 11/10 odds to win. Oklahoma City is the top seed in the West and the defending Western Conference champion. The Thunder were 60-22 on the season and will face Houston in the first round. Top to bottom this may be the most complete team in the league.
Next up is the San Antonio Spurs, who sit at 16-5 Odds to win the West. San Antonio is the No. 2 seed and went 58-24 on the season, winning the Southwest Division. The Spurs will face the Lakers in the opening round. The Spurs last won the Western Conference in 2007.
Denver is the third seed in the West with a 57-25 record. The Nuggets will meet the Warriors in the opening round. The Nuggets have never won the conference championship.
The Clippers are the fourth seed in the West, winning the Pacific Division with a 56-26 record. The Clippers meet the Grizzlies in the opening round. The Clippers have never won the Western Conference.
First Round Western Conference Matchups
Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets: Starts Saturday in Denver at 5:30 PM (EST)
Memphis Grizzlies vs LA Clippers: Starts Saturday in Los Angeles at 10:30 PM (EST)
LA Lakers Vs San Antonio Spurs: Starts Sunday in San Antonio at 3:30 PM (EST)
Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder: Starts Sunday in Oklahoma City at 9:30 PM (EST)
Odds to win the Western Conference, according to Bovada.av
Oklahoma City Thunder 11/10
San Antonio Spurs 16/5
Los Angeles Clippers 6/1
Denver Nuggets 6/1
Memphis Grizzlies 8/1
Golden State Warriors 30/1
Los Angeles Lakers 30/1
Houston Rockets 40/1
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