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The Atlantic Files #167: Western Conference Preview

Alex Fischbein December 11, 2020

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This week on The Atlantic Files:

The NBA season is right around the corner again! In Atlantic Files tradition, that means it’s time for some conference previews! Today, we’re taking a look at the Western Conference preview.

In the Northwest Division, we watched the Denver Nuggets quite comfortably take the top spot. There’s no real surprise there, it was something a lot of us expected. The division might look a lot different this season though with the changes to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers. Minnesota made some great draft picks, but we’re not entirely confident that will help them all that much in this season.

Going to the Pacific Division, there’s a lot to be excited about. This division will probably be one of the biggest battles in the league. As champions, the Los Angeles Lakers will defend their crown against the likes of the Los Angeles Clippers(again), a vengeful Golden State Warriors, and a new-look Phoenix Suns. Each game is going to be hard to win in the division, and we’re here for it!

Finally, there’s the Southwest Division which is in a sort of limbo. If James Harden stays with the Houston Rockets, then the division will get interesting. Since it looks like he will be gone, however, the division gets quite boring in terms of championship contenders.

All of that plus breakdowns for each team in the latest episode below!


1:50 – Northwest Division

17:15 – Pacific Division

28:45 – Southwest Division


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Alex Fischbein

Being from the suburbs of Philadelphia, it was hard not to become a Sixers fan during Allen Iverson's prime. Other than just the Sixers, I enjoy watching all forms and levels of basketball, especially the WNBA. Outside of basketball, I've been playing and coaching volleyball for most of my life. Also, after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, I became a Software Developer by day, while writing and hosting podcasts by night.

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