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These Western Conference Playoffs Are The Most Top-Heavy Of The Modern Era

With the NBA playoffs tipping off this weekend, it’s time to figure out which first-round series will bring the excitement — and which will be hopelessly lopsided affairs. (Hint: This year’s Western Conference series probably won’t fall into the “exciting” category.) In this video, we measure how (im)balanced this year’s playoff fields are by conference and compare them to conference playoffs gone by. Where does 2016 rank?

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 NBA Playoff Predictions.

Neil Paine is a senior sportswriter for FiveThirtyEight.

Reuben Fischer-Baum is a visual journalist for FiveThirtyEight.

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