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Playoff Match-ups

So I was looking at the current Western Conference Playoff Matchups and it looks like the Spurs are lined up to play the best teams all the way through.  The Lakers appear to have very favorable matchups for at least the first 2 rounds.  Here's what we're looking at:

Western Conference
Western W L PCT GB CONF DIV HOME ROAD L 10 STREAK
L.A. Lakers1p 53 14 0.791 0.0 36-7 11-2 30-5 23-9 6-4 L 1
San Antonio2 45 22 0.672 8.0 29-12 9-4 24-9 21-13 6-4 W 1
Houston3 44 25 0.638 10.0 28-13 7-6 27-8 17-17 7-3 W 1
Denver4 43 25 0.632 10.5 26-14 9-3 26-8 17-17 5-5 W 3
Portland5 42 25 0.627 11.0 22-19 7-5 28-6 14-19 7-3 W 1
New Orleans6 41 25 0.621 11.5 23-15 6-4 23-10 18-15 7-3 L 2
Utah7 42 26 0.618 11.5 28-11 9-3 29-6 13-20 7-3 W 1
Dallas8 41 27 0.603 12.5 22-20 5-7 25-8 16-19 6-4 W 1

 

So my question is are you happy with these match-ups?  I am not, I'd like to see Dallas get to 7 and Utah fall to 8.  I'd like to see Denver move up to 3 and Houston fall to 4.  I think I'd like that. 

At this point the Spurs are looking at Utah in the first rounds.  Houston/NOOCH in the 2nd round.  I would argue that, with the possible exception of Portland, those are the toughest match-ups for us in the first 2 rounds.

From my perspective I'd like to see somebody that's going to give the Lakers at least a little bit of trouble before the WCF.  Portland could be that team, but how much better would it be if Utah played LA in the first round?  Awesome, I would say.

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