So when they play a sub-.500 team like the
The Clippers are the fourth seed in the Western Conference, which would give them the home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs if they keep that position.
But the Clippers also are just three games behind third-seeded Oklahoma City in the West.
“Right now, it’s more about playoff season,” Clippers forward
"We're trying to position ourselves to have home court in the first round, and possibly push up to the three seed. So I think the motivation is there regardless of who we play. The opponent really doesn't matter."
So, for example, if the Clippers are the third seed and win their first-round series, they would face the
Otherwise, as the fourth seed, the Clippers would meet the Warriors in the second round if both teams win their first-round series.
The Warriors have beaten the Clippers three times this season, and the Clippers have split the first two games against the Spurs.