The West is weak this year. Think of all the garbage West teams that those playoff teams feast on. LA Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Sac Kings, OKC Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies, Timberwolves, etc. With the Spurs banged up, outside of the Blazers I dont see anybody in the West thats a threat to the Lakers. But Cleveland, Boston, and Orlando all are as good or better than LA. The East is all about bruising half court defense, the West is about rhythm offense. In the playoffs, the game slows down and the scoring is harder to come by. Whoever comes out of the East will win the title.
The west has a team with a winning record that will miss the playoffs. I'll agree that the top 3 in the east are better then the top 3 in the west but overall the west is better. Hell after the top 3 in the east no one would make the playoffs in the west.