At the beginning of the season if someone were to ask you who you'd like to play in the first round of the playoffs among: San Antonio L*kers, Dallas, OKC I think you would get a variety of answers but not many would choose the L*kers.
With 7 games left we are sitting at #7 which is most likely going to get us a matchup with the L*kers.
So this is an interesting problem. Do we scrap and fight to try and get back to #6, stay at #7, or try to drop down to #8.
Of San Antonio, Dallas and the L*kers, I would prefer either Dallas or San Antonio. I'm not sure it makes that much difference which. It might be easier to drop to #8 than get the #6 spot back.
What would a race to the bottom (#8) look like. Memphis is in the driver's seat since they have one more loss. Our second to last game of the season is against Memphis. What would happen if both teams desperately wanted to lose that game?
Each team would try to score as many points as possible on their opponent's basket, and the opponent would try and prevent them from doing so. It would be a weird but competitive game. The offensive team would only have 8 seconds to score on their opponent's basket before moving into their end of the court. At which point they would have 16 seconds to try and get another 24 seconds to stall, if they were behind on the scoreboard.
The Blazers have demonstrated a talent for taking numerous shots at their own basket without scoring so maybe they'd have an advantage.