The charts below analyze the relative strength of different playoff pairings, pods (4-team groupings), and quadrants (8-team groupings).
The first image displays the strength of a pair, pod, or quad expressed as the probability that an average playoff team would advance if they randomly replaced any of the teams. A lower percentage correlates to a more-difficult pair, pod, or quad.
The second image expresses the relative difficulty of advancing from that specific slot in the tournament, with home-field advantage intact and appropriate probabilities given to future opponents. Lower percentages represent more difficult paths.