3 teams the LA Clippers should avoid in the first round of the playoffs

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Based on where the LA Clippers currently stand, their first-round matchup has been narrowed down to a select list of teams. This could be good as it allows the coaching staff to prepare in advance. On the flip side, with how stacked the Western Conference is, the Clippers may look to tank in the standings to give themselves the easiest battle moving forward.

Now that superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are in the Western Conference, the LA Clippers must step it up a notch if they hope to exceed their preseason expectations. Not to mention Paul George’s leg injury may impact where the Clippers finish their regular season.

3. Sacramento Kings

One of the LA Clippers’ toughest matchups heading into the postseason is, without a doubt, the Sacramento Kings. They possess the scoring, ball movement, and star power to compete on the same level as LA. Additionally, Sacramento has some of the best role players in the league, with Malik Monk and Kevin Huerter.

Moreover, three of the four contests against Sacramento this season have been decided by two points or less. This shows their competitive spirit, along with a strong gameplan from the first-year head coach, Mike Brown. Fans should also note that Sacramento’s offensive metrics have surpassed all-time records.

However, the Kings may be the easiest first-round option for the LA Clippers. Especially with Paul George’s status in question, Sacramento is very young with minimal playoff experience. This may be something head coach Tyronn Lue, and the coaching staff will look to take advantage of.