Andre Roberson

Welcome to the wild, wild West: 8 teams competing for 6 NBA playoff spots

Welcome to the wild, wild West: 8 teams competing for 6 NBA playoff spots

For much of this NBA season, the attention of basketball fans has been fixated on the top of the Western Conference, where the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors — the league's two best teams — are separated by a half-game in the standings.

In a normal season, such a race would be the most important story line in the league. After all, claiming home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs could be the difference in a pivotal Western Conference finals showdown between the two rivals.

But this is not a normal season. Not when there are eight teams in the West — from the Portland Trail Blazers in third place to the Utah Jazz in 10th place — that are separated by a just...

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