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The 2023-2024 NBA Playoffs in the Western Conference is down to the Western Conference Finals with the Minnesota Timberwolves taking on the Dallas Mavericks. It will be just the second time in franchise history that Minnesota will be playing in the Western Conference Finals and the Timberwolves will be looking to make the NBA Finals for the first time ever. This will be the sixth appearance in the Western Conference Finals for the Mavericks. They have won two Western Conference titles in their history and one NBA title. The Western Conference was extremely competitive in the 2023-2024 regular season and it was the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets finishing one game ahead of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves took out the defending champion Denver Nuggets in seven games in the Western Conference Semifinals, while the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in six games in the other Western Conference Semifinal. The Timberwolves are led by guard Anthony Edwards and the powerful frontcourt duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert. The Mavericks are led by their superstar guard, Luka Doncic and his backcourt mate Kyrie Irving. The Timberwolves will have the homecourt edge in this best-of-seven game series which begins on Wednesday, May 22 at Minnesota.

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3. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. 5. Dallas Mavericks

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Dallas Mavericks

Game 1: Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves, Wednesday, May 22 (8:30 ET, TNT)

Game 2: Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves, Friday, May 24 (8:30 ET, TNT)

Game 3: Minnesota Timberwolves at Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 26 (8:00 ET, TNT)

Game 4: Minnesota Timberwolves at Dallas Mavericks, Tuesday, May 28 (8:30 ET, TNT)

Game 5*: Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves, Thursday, May 30 (8:30 ET, TNT)

Game 6*: Minnesota Timberwolves at Dallas Mavericks, Saturday, June 1 (8:30 ET, TNT)

Game 7*: Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves, Monday, June 3 (8:30 ET, TNT)

* If necessary

The Timberwolves are favored to defeat the Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals. Minnesota went 56-26 SU during the regular season and they were 41-41 ATS with 41 games going over the total and 41 going under. They averaged 113 points per game which was 18th in the league. They relied heavily on the three-point shot, as they were 3rd in the league in 3-point shooting at 38.7%. They were the top defensive team in the league, allowing just 106.5 points per game. Anthony Edwards led the team in scoring at 26.3 points per game, Mike Conley led the team in assists with 6 per contest, while Rudy Gobert led the team in rebounds with 12.7 per contest.

Edwards said he is looking forward to the matchup with the Mavericks and Kyrie Irving. “It’s gonna be fun, man,” Edwards told the Inside the NBA crew. “My matchup is gonna be Kyrie [Irving], so that’s gonna be fun. We’re gonna see what I can do versus him.”

The Dallas Mavericks averaged 117.9 points per game which was 7th best in the league. They did not play a lot of defense, as they gave up 115.6 points per game, 20th in the NBA. The Mavericks finished 50-32 SU and 48-34 ATS with 36 games going over the total and 46 going under. Luka Doncic led the team with 32.9 points per game and he also led the team in assists with 9.7 per game and in rebounding at 9.3 per contest. Hs has been doing it all in the playoffs for Dallas, averaging 27.3 points, 9.3 assists and 9.7 rebounds per game. Dallas also has former NBA champion Kyrie Irving who is averaging 21.1 points in the playoffs. Doncic and Irving combined for 69 points in a 115-108 win over Minnesota, the only win Dallas had against the Timberwolves this season.

Minnesota won three of the four regular season meetings against Dallas but they were just 2-2 ATS. Three of the four games went under the total. The Timberwolves won both of the meetings in Minnesota, while the teams split the two games in Dallas. It should be noted that all four games between the teams occurred early in the season. The last meeting happened on January 31 and that was before the Mavericks made trades for Daniel Gafford and P.J. Washington.

Conference Winners (2000)

SEASON WINNER RUNNER-UP SERIES
2023 Denver Nuggets Los Angeles Lakers 4-0
2022 Golden State Warriors Dallas Mavericks 4-1
2021 Phoenix Suns Los Angeles Clippers 4-2
2020 Los Angeles Lakers Denver Nuggets 4-1
2019 Golden State Warriors Portland Trail Blazers 4-0
2018 Golden State Warriors Houston Rockets 4-3
2017 Golden State Warriors San Antonio Spurs 4-0
2016 Golden State Warriors Oklahoma City Thunder 4-3
2015 Golden State Warriors Houston Rockets 4-1
2014 San Antonio Spurs Oklahoma City Thunder 4-2
2013 San Antonio Spurs Memphis Grizzlies 4-0
2012 Oklahoma City Thunder San Antonio Spurs 4-2
2011 Dallas Mavericks Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1
2010 Los Angeles Lakers Phoenix Suns 4-2
2009 Los Angeles Lakers Denver Nuggets 4-2
2008 Los Angeles Lakers San Antonio Spurs 4-1
2007 San Antonio Spurs Utah Jazz 4-1
2006 Dallas Mavericks Phoenix Suns 4-2
2005 San Antonio Spurs Phoenix Suns 4-1
2004 Los Angeles Lakers Minnesota Timberwolves 4-2
2003 San Antonio Spurs Dallas Mavericks 4-2
2002 Los Angeles Lakers Sacramento Kings 4-3
2001 Los Angeles Lakers San Antonio Spurs 4-0
2000 Los Angeles Lakers Portland Trail Blazers 4-3
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Since Michael Jordan retired from the Chicago Bulls for a second time, the Western Conference has been the dominant conference. Teams from the West are 17-8 in the last 25 NBA Finals, and that should speak to overall dominance in the conference. However, three teams have been responsible for nearly all of that success (Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Golden State).

Conference Finals Results By Team

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS LAST
Los Angeles Lakers 32 2020
Golden State Warriors 9 2022
San Antonio Spurs 6 2014
Oklahoma City Thunder 4 2012
Houston Rockets 4 1995
Atlanta Hawks 4 1961
Phoenix Suns 3 2021
Portland Trail Blazers 3 1992
Dallas Mavericks 2 2011
Utah Jazz 2 1998
Milwaukee Bucks 2 1974
Detroit Pistons 2 1956
Denver Nuggets 1 2023
Sacramento Kings 1 1951

It’s incredible to see the difference in the success that the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers have had in comparison to every other team in the Western Conference. The Lakers have won the Western Conference a whopping 32 times, and they have made numerous runs thanks to some of the biggest starts in the game. George Mikan, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant all had a ton of success with this franchise.

The Golden State Warriors are a distant second in terms of most successful teams in Western Conference history. This is one of the oldest franchises in the NBA as they were part of the BAA as the Philadelphia Warriors, and they made it to the NBA Finals three times before heading to the West Coast. Golden State has now won the Western Conference six times in the last nine years, and the Warriors have claimed four NBA titles in that stretch. That has made them an undisputed dynasty under Steph Curry.

Obviously, there's some strange teams to see on this list as "Western Conference champions." The Atlanta Hawks have always played in the Eastern Conference, but the team that preceded them, the St. Louis Hawks, won four Western Conference titles. The Milwaukee Bucks used to be in the West, while the Detroit Pistons were in the West when they were known as the Fort Wayne Pistons.

Four of the five franchises that have never taken part in an NBA Finals are in the Western Conference. Memphis, Minnesota, New Orleans, and the Los Angeles Clippers have never won the West, and Sacramento’s only conference title came back in 1951 when the Kings were known as the Rochester Royals.

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