Ranking the Potential First-Round Opponents of the L.A. Clippers

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Ranking the Potential First-Round Opponents of the L.A. Clippers
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After a blistering start to the regular season, the Los Angeles Clippers have faltered of late, falling to No. 4 in the cartoonishly competitive Western Conference.

Despite having won 10 of their last 14 games, the Clips have really struggled against the West’s best. 

Among the Clippers’ last four losses include a home blowout at the hands of the No. 1 San Antonio Spurs, and a heartbreaker at home to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. More recently, the Clippers were handily defeated on the road against the Denver Nuggets and looked disconnected and full of flaws in a home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. 

A team that had aspirations of finishing with a Pacific Division title and a top-three seed in the conference might now be lucky to finish in the Top Four, as the surging Grizzlies and Nuggets are displaying no signs of slowing up. 

Despite the theatrics and exciting brand of basketball, Lob City has a pedestrian 6-10 record against the other Top Five teams in the conference. Starting the playoffs on the road against either Denver or Memphis could be detrimental. 

Who provides the best matchups for the Clippers in the first round? Who should LAC hope to avoid in the postseason? 

We will break down Lob City’s potential first-round opponents from most desired to least desired.

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