2018 NBA Draft: Chicago Bulls tank update for March 28

With just a few weeks left in the 2017-18 NBA season, the stakes are high for those teams not in the playoff race. The NBA Draft Lottery is on all of those team’s minds and the race for a top 3 pick in a loaded draft is likely going to come down to the final games.

Going into the March 28th games, the Phoenix Suns have the worst record in the league at 19-56 with a 1.5 game lead over the Memphis Grizzlies. Our friends over at Tankathon have been keeping track of the lottery all year long and give the Suns a 64.3% chance at a top 3 pick and 25% chance at No. 1 overall. The Grizzlies are at 55.8% for the a top 3 pick and 19.9% for No. 1 overall.

The Chicago Bulls are currently sitting at eighth and 5.5 games out of the worst record. As it stands, Tankathon has them with a 9.9% chance at a top 3 pick and 2.8% chance at the No. 1 overall pick. Chicago is coming off a 118-86 loss to the Houston Rockets and have now lost six-straight.

There are eight games on the schedule for Wednesday night with six of them having serious top 10 lottery implications. Here are the updated Top 9 standings via Tankathon.

Standings

  1. Phoenix Suns 19-56
  2. Memphis 20-54   (1.5 GB)
  3. Atlanta 21-53       (2.5 GB)
  4. Orlando 22-51     (4 GB)
  5. Cleveland (via Brooklyn) 23-51 (4.5 GB)
  6. Dallas 23-51         (4.5 GB)
  7. Sacramento 24-51 (5 GB)
  8. Chicago  24-50     (5.5 GB)
  9. New York 27-48  (8)

Key Games on 3/28

Brooklyn (23-51) vs. Orlando (22-51)

This game really works in the Bulls favor because both teams are ahead of the Bulls in the standings. Either way, Chicago is gaining half a game on one of these teams on Wednesday night.

New York (27-48) vs. Philadelphia (43-30)

It’s going to take a miracle for the Knicks to get into the top 3 but another win for them couldn’t hurt.

Portland (46-28) vs. Memphis (20-54)

The Bulls enter Wednesday’s games 4 games back of the Memphis Grizzlies for the second-worst record. A win by Memphis would help Chicago out but it’s not likely with Portland playing very good basketball of late.

Atlanta (21-53) vs. Minnesota (42-33)

For a while it looked as if Atlanta would be the worst team in the league but entering Wednesday they are 2.5 games back of Phoenix. As of right now they have a legit shot at No. 1 overall by sitting in the No. 3 spot but a win tonight and the Bulls would be 2.5 back of Atlanta.

Los Angeles Clippers (40-34) vs. Phoenix (19-56)

The Suns are probably going to land at least a top 3 pick at minimum unless they start rallying off some wins. Let’s hope that happens tonight.

Dallas (23-51) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (32-41)

You never know what Lakers team you’re going to get so it’s possible Dallas could win tonight. If that happens, Chicago will be a half game back of the Mavericks.

Next up for the Bulls…

Chicago returns to the court on Thursday for a road game against the Miami Heat. Tip is at 6:30 p.m. CST with the game being broadcasted on WGN-TV and 670 The Score.

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