The Portland Trail Blazers are one of four teams tightly grouped near the bottom of the NBA standings, fighting for position in the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery. The four teams include the Blazers, Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards, all of which are currently separated by one solitary game.
The team with the worst record out of that group at season’s end will own the league’s fifth-worst record in May’s drawing, giving about a 10 percent chance at the first pick and Victor Wembanyama.
All four franchises have now been eliminated from Play-In contention.
State of the standings:
- Tied for sixth worst record - the Pacers own a 34-45 record with two games against the Knicks and one against the lowly Detroit Pistons.
- Tied for sixth worst record - the Wizards sit 34-45 with games against the Hawks, Miami Heat and Houston Rockets.
- Tied for sixth worst record - the Magic are also 34-45 with games against the Heat, Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers.
- Fifth worst record - the Blazers are 33-46 with games against the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors.