West Playoff Match-ups Set
via: LA Times.

12 Western Conference teams went to Orlando, but only eight will remain at the NBA campus until the last week of August.

The playoff match-ups in the West are set, and after a crazy play-in game between Portland and Memphis to clinch the eight seed, there's no doubt this will be a postseason to remember.

1. Los Angeles Lakers vs 8. Portland Trail Blazers

Lakers: Frank Vogel's team goes into the playoffs after dominating the conference from start to finish. LeBron James and Anthony Davis proved to be one of the best duos in the NBA, and are seeking the first Lakers championship since 2010.

Blazers: Against all the odds, Portland went from being 3.5 games behind the eight seed to clinching playoff berth. Damian Lillard has been named Bubble MVP and with no home court advantage, it shouldn't surprise us if the Trail Blazers extend the series against LA.

2. Los Angeles Clippers vs 7. Dallas Mavericks

Clippers: Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have been just solid. Despite they've dealt with a lot os injuries, the Clippers feel ready to go into the playoffs. No other team in NBA history has ever had two superstars and two players off the bench averaging more than 28 points (Montrezl Harrell & Lou Williams).

Mavericks: The European duo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis may be the most talented young core in the league. By having good role players in Tim Hardaway Jr., Seth Curry and Finney-Smith, Dallas plays some good basketball but they're inexperience to close games may give the Clippers a slight advantage. 

3. Denver Nuggets vs 6. Utah Jazz

Nuggets: Denver is on a mission, specially after being eliminated in the game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals last year. Michael Porter Jr., who was named All-Bubble Second Team, should complement well Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray in the starting line-up, while PJ Dozier and Troy Daniels should bring intensity off the bench.

Jazz: Quinn Snyder's team went 3-5 in the 'seeding games' but let's not forget they clinched playoff berth since the restart. The match-up game was important for them, and despite the Nuggets having a lot of size in the roster, Donovan Mitchell could cause the 'mile high city' to struggle.

4. Houston Rockets vs 5. Oklahoma City Thunder

Rockets: No Russell Westbrook for the first couple of games but still is gonna be a series nobody would want to miss. James Harden is a MVP finalist and has led the NBA in scoring for three seasons in a row. If they want to have a chance to win, Mike D'Antoni's team will need Eric Gordon, Robert Covington, and PJ Tucker to find their 3-point touch more than ever.

Thunder: The Rockets traded Chris Paul to the Thunder last summer. 'CP3' has led the team to the playoffs, even if they had a 0.2% chance to get in at the beginning of the season. Also, the 3-guard line-up by Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Dennis Schroder has proven to be one of the most effective combos in the league.

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