Why the East is inferior to the West in the NBA Play Offs

As of yet, we have seen two sides qualify for the next round of the NBA play-offs, the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics, both of these being from the Eastern Conference.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been his usual self, starring in the Bucks’ 4-0 whitewash over 8th seed Detroit Pistons, racking up a personal total of 105 points across a best of seven series.
Boston have also completed a whitewash against the Indiana Pacers, a tie which shouldn’t have been as easy as it was for the side from Massachusetts. However, both sides defended extremely well across all games in the first round, with the highest result being Pacers 106-110 Celtics.
So far it has been relatively easy to qualify for the next round of the play-offs, with the Raptors and 76’ers just one more win away from qualifying.
Despite leading in the series, it has been a cagey affair seeing the 76’ers and the Nets as the 6th seed aren’t going down without a fight.
Nets took the lead after dominating the first and third quarters in New York but since then have fallen victim to Joel Embiid and co., losing 3 out of the last 4 games.
It is a similar story in the Raptors vs Magic tie, with the Canadian’s one victory away from qualifying for the second round. Raptors have impressed defensively, not conceding many points to Magic who usually score highly, especially in their late regular season push for the top 8 in the East.
The NBA champions, Golden State Warriors are just one victory away from the next round as they have been impressive as always against the LA Clippers.
Steph Curry and Kevin Durant have proven too much to handle for the Clippers. Although, one player who has impressed for the losing side is Montrezl Jarrell, who has been a rose in between thorns for the 8th seed.
The other two sides who need just one more victory are James Harden’s Houston Rockets side who have a 3-1 lead over 5th seed Utah Jazz, one can only see another Harden dominated affair.
Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers are another side in the West that have impressed throughout the regular season and the play off campaign, they have managed to keep the likes of Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook quiet enough over the past 4 games, let’s not forget these OKC players were tipped to be the MVP by some NBA fans.
The closest tie in the NBA play offs this season is between the San Antonio Spurs and the Denver Nuggets which is going to take at least another two games to be settled.
The fifth game between the two is at 2:30AM (BST) tomorrow morning, it is not one to be missed.
The West tier has everything the East lacks, competition and quality.
Finley White

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