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We're still months away from playoff brackets being finalized, so trying to predict seeding isn't a valuable exercise at this point in time.
What are worth exploring, though, are the successes and struggles of various Western Conference contenders against one another midway through the 2013-14 campaign.
In this case, the most polarizing club is the San Antonio Spurs. While Gregg Popovich's boys are plugging along with a conference-best winning percentage of .780, they've struggled against several elite clubs out West.
Specifically, they are a combined 1-7 against the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers. The only silver lining is that they're a combined 4-0 against the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors, who could wind up being San Antonio's opposition in the first and second rounds, respectively.
And for the most part, the rest of the West is a mixed bag when it comes to the records of the conference's top six seeds in head-to-head matchups.
Houston is 2-0 against the Blazers but 0-2 against the Clippers, which would be bad news if the playoffs started on Jan. 21, as LA and Houston occupy the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds.
According to NBA.com's stats database, the Clips are scoring 118.2 points per 100 possessions in their two wins against the Rockets, which is the second most they're scoring against any Western Conference foe, although they own the second-worst defensive efficiency against West playoff teams of any Western conference playoff team, per CBS Sports' Matt Moore.
The Rockets also happen to be 2-0 against the Spurs, 2-0 against the Warriors and 0-2 against the Thunder. Further, Oklahoma City, which has owned the Rockets, is limiting Houston to 91.3 points per 100 possessions (the fewest of any conference opponent) this season, according to NBA.com.
Outside of losses to the Rockets, Portland has done well, accumulating a combined record of 7-3 against its stoutest competition, while the Thunder and Clips own records of 8-4 and 5-4, respectively, against the conference's best.
But aside from San Antonio, the biggest surprise has been Mark Jackson's Warriors, who find themselves 2-8 within the contending group, which doesn't bode well for a squad that's just 6-4 in January and hovering outside of the top four.
Drawing a conclusion based off a half-season sample isn't the easiest thing to do at this juncture, but if nothing else, it has become clear that the breadth of talent in the West means we can't label one team as the unanimous favorite to capture the conference crown.