Why wouldn't ESPN promote tonight's game as a possible 1st round matchup?
If the Lakers were playing the Spurs, they'd have the same premise... Possible 1st Round Matchup! Last time these play until maybe... the Playoffs!
Seriously, if the Rockets were playing the Clippers, you'd see the same thing.
OKC is likely to end up anywhere from 1-3 in the West. LAL is likely to end up in the 6-8 position, assuming that they make it. Perfectly plausible.