Western Conference

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NBA Western Conference Finals Matchup And Prediction

Back in 1999, while Prince was partying, the NBA played a 50 game strike-shortened season that ended with the San Antonio Spurs being crowned champions. That first title for the Spurs began their odd dynasty as they would win the NBA Finals in only odd number years (2003, ‘05, and ’07).


Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives on Corey Brewer #13 of the Denver Nuggets during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Kobe Scores 38 To Lead Lakers Past Nuggets, Go Up 2-0 In Series

Kobe Bryant scored 38 points, Andrew Bynum followed up his playoff-opening triple-double with 27 points and nine rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers weathered Denver’s late rally for a 104-100 victory over the Nuggets on Tuesday night, taking a 2-0 series lead.


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NBA Western Conference Playoff Matchups And Predictions

The NBA lockout-shortened regular season has come to a close and the playoff teams have been decided. Let’s take a look at the Eastern Conference matchups to give you insight into who we think will come out on top.


Caron Butler #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a shot against Ty Lawson #3 of the Denver Nuggets on April 17, 2012 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Clippers Fighting For 3rd Spot In Western Conference As They Edge Nuggets, 104-98

Kenyon Martin helped beat his old team with a tip-in and blocked shot in the final half-minute, leading the Los Angeles Clippers past the Denver Nuggets 104-98 on Wednesday night.


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Spurs Rout Lakers, Improve Spot Atop West

Tony Parker had 29 points and 13 assists, Tim Duncan had 19 points and eight rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs handed the Los Angeles Lakers their worst loss of the season, 112-91 on Tuesday night.


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Kings Continue Playoff Push With Trip To Edmonton

With two games remaining against one of the worst teams in the NHL, the Los Angeles Kings would seem to have a good opportunity to solidify their playoff position.


LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Blake Griffin #32 and Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers wait to check in during their game at Staples Center on January 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

LA All-Stars To Start For Western Conference

Looks like Los Angeles is the basketball capital in the world. Four of the five All-Star starters will be coming from LA teams.


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Mavericks Sweep Series Over Clippers

Corey Brewer took advantage of a rare start by scoring 20 points and Peja Stojakovic scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, lifting the Dallas Mavericks to a 107-96 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers to keep their hold on the Western Conference playoff race.


San Jose Sharks v Los Angeles Kings

Kings Look To Move Past Kopitar’s Injury

The Los Angeles Kings will begin moving forward without top scorer Anze Kopitar when they start a two-game trip by facing the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.


Calgary Flames v Los Angeles Kings

Kings Inch Up Wild West Standings After SO Win

Jonathan Quick made 27 saves, and Anze Kopitar scored the deciding goal of the shootout in the Los Angeles Kings’ 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.


St. Louis Blues v Anaheim Ducks

Ducks Add Another Huge Win Towards Playoff Push

Teemu Selanne scored on a power play with 2:01 left in regulation to offset a stunning four-goal rally by Calgary, and Corey Perry scored his second of the game 2:38 into
overtime to give the Anaheim Ducks a 5-4 victory over the Flames on Sunday night.


Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

Kings Look For Perfect Road Trip As Playoff Push Continues

The Nashville Predators are brimming with confidence since they’re at home, while the Los Angeles Kings have been outstanding on this road trip.


Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

Hanzus’ Last-Minute Goal Lifts Kings Over Stars

Michal Handzus scored the tiebreaking goal with 20.8 seconds remaining and the Los Angeles Kings stretched their winning streak to three with a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.


Avalanche defensemen Kyle Cumisky is headed to the Ducks.

Ducks Race Past Avalanche, 6-2

The Anaheim Ducks pushed aside the slumping Colorado Avalanche to earn another two points in the Western Conference standings.


Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 27, 2011 at the Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (credit: Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lakers Edge Thunder 90-87

Pau Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 17 points and the Los Angeles Lakers extended their cushion over Oklahoma City in the Western Conference standings by beating the Thunder 90-87 on Sunday.