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The NBA Western Conference Championship is one of the NBA’s two semi-final playoff series, the other being the Eastern Conference Championship. The series features a best-of-seven game structure wherein the team with the higher seed earns the right to host the first two games. In turn, the lower-seeded team hosts the following two games at home and the final three games are alternatively played at each team’s arena in a 2-2-1-1-1 format. At the end of the series, the Western Conference champions are presented with a trophy and advances to the NBA Finals to face the winner of the Eastern Conference.

The Western Conference Championship has its origins in the 1949 merger of the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and the National Basketball League (NBL). Following the merger, the NBA’s current structure coalesced to form two constituent conferences, the East and West. Every team in each conference plays 82 regular season games, after which, the top eight teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs. Every round of the playoffs is structured in the best-of-seven series format as detailed above.

Since the creation of the NBA following the 1949 merger, there has not been a high degree of parity in terms of the Western Conference champions. Historically speaking, the Los Angeles Lakers have been the dominant force in the West, being crowned Western Conference champions a record 31 times. Moreover, the Lakers have appeared in more conference finals than any other team, reaching the championship series 40 times. By comparison, the team with the second highest number of championships are the Golden State Warriors, who have been the Western Conference champions eight times. Similarly, the San Antonio Spurs are in third place, having been crowned the Western Conference champions six times.

Furthermore, several Western conference teams have never even played in the conference championship. Teams such as the Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans have yet to even qualify, while teams such as the Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies have advanced to the championship game at least once, yet never claimed the title of Western Conference champions. By contrast, the eastern conference has only one team that has ever failed to advance to the conference championship, the Charlotte Hornets.

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