In a struggle for the top seed in the Western Conference, bracketology could mean everything for the Los Angeles Clippers come playoff time.
The ultra-competitive Western Conference is as strong as ever, and advancing past the first round is no guarantee.
Unlike years past, the Clippers look like legitimate contenders, capable of competing with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs for a conference title. However, as seeding begins to take shape over the next couple months, the Clips might be wise to try to avoid some teams and matchup with some others.
Here are the best and worst case playoff opponents for the Clippers, beginning with the worst and moving to the best.
Statistics used in this article were accurate as of January 30th, 2013.