Did You Know? The East leads the West 37-31 in Championships. The Western Conference has produced ten champions since the turn of the century, a season in which all eight Playoff teams won at least 50 games, and on the whole, has been far more competitive. However, for the NBA’s first 50 years or so, that wasn’t really the case. While there were power shifts, the past fifteen seasons – give or take a couple – have been unusually lopsided. Nevertheless, the East still boasts 37 NBA champions, compared to 31 from the West. Up until the end of the 90s, the East was more comfortably in front, 32-21. Sixteen of the Boston Celtics’ seventeen championships obviously helped build that lead, as did five straight titles by Eastern teams with the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls winning titles from 1989 to 1993, along with three more by the Bulls from 1996 to 1998. Today, those teams account for 25 of the East’s 37 championships, in a combined 34 NBA Finals appearances.