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 lowest win total 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:
- Seventh worst record - the Magic are 34-45 with games against the Cavaliers, Heat, Brooklyn Nets.
- Tied for sixth worst record - the Pacers own a 34-46 record with games against the Knicks and the lowly Detroit Pistons.
- Tied for sixth worst record - the Wizards sit 34-46 with games against the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets.
- Fifth worst record - the Blazers are 33-46 with games against the Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors.