Operator precendence is the order in which operators are evaluated within an expression. For example, take this:
var leftStart = 5,
width = 2;
var left = leftStart - width / 2;
Now, what are we actually doing here? Is it:
var left = (leftStart - width) / 2;
var left = leftStart - (width / 2);
The remaining question is - why bother? By being explicit with brackets, you remove any ambiguity, despite having to type a little more. But I'd argue that not understanding precedence means you're leaving yourself open to bugs, and in more complicated examples the character noise will obscure the meaning of the code you're writing.