Would OKC Thunder Rather Play Lakers, Rockets or Jazz in 2013 Playoffs?

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Would OKC Thunder Rather Play Lakers, Rockets or Jazz in 2013 Playoffs?
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By clinching the top seed in the Western Conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder can officially begin preparing for the NBA playoffs.

As soon as they figure out who they'll meet in the first round, that is.

Three teams are still vying for the final two playoff spots out West. The Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz are all still in play for the seventh and eighth seeds. 

Of these three, one will be watching the postseason unfold from the confines of their couch, another will earn the right to square off against the second-place San Antonio Spurs and the other will go toe-to-toe with the reigning conference champions.

Which of those convocations is most likely destined for the latter? Or, better yet, which of the triumvirate would the Thunder prefer their quest for a championship go through?

Finishing atop the standings with home-court advantage in hand is a luxury, but the ambiguity behind what that very first-place finish means for the postseason is not.

 

*Unless otherwise noted, all stats in this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference.

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