I say they have a decent chance. The standings have the Blazers about 5 or 6 games out of the 8 spot. Blazers are 2 games below .500 and the current 8, Denver, is 4 games over .500. Blazers have played 44 games of a 66 game schedule, so there are 22 games remaining in the regular season.
What percentage chance do you think the Blazers have of making the playoffs this year? (I say 45%.)
Would you prefer the Blazers to make the playoffs or tank? Assume its an either-or proposition. I would much rather watch a few playoff games then have our draft selection go up a few spots (do we even have a #1 this year?).