It was only a matter of time, but the Clippers (48-22) locked in a higher playoff seeding than the Lakers (36-34) with their 101-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.
Both teams have 12 games left to play in the regular season. If the Lakers win them all with the Clippers losing 12 straight -- neither will happen, of course -- the teams would finish tied with 48 wins on the season. The Clippers have already earned the head-to-head tiebreaker by winning the season series against the Lakers, 3-0, with one game left to play.
It's inevitable that the Clippers finish atop the Pacific Division, 8 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Golden State Warriors (40-31).
There is one remaining scenario left that would have the Lakers winning the Pacific. If the Lakers, Clippers and Warriors all finish with 48-34 records, including the Lakers beating the Clippers and Warriors in their final meetings this season, the Lakers would hold the three-team tiebreaker.