Gentlemen, start your tanks

With seven teams clinching a lottery berth, incentive to tank higher still

Updated: March 10, 2014, 11:54 AM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider

SixersJesse D. Garrabant/NBAE via Getty ImagesThe Sixers have lost 16 straight, but they have some work ahead to catch the Bucks at the bottom.

For seven of the teams on our list this week, the lottery is now guaranteed. John Hollinger's Playoff Odds now have the Bucks, Sixers, Magic, Lakers, Jazz, Kings and Pelicans at a zero percent chance of making the playoffs. The Celtics are barely hanging on at 1.4 percent. The Cavs have a 2.9 percent chance and the Pistons are at 10.5 percent.

In other words, at this point, the incentive to tank has never been greater. With March Madness just around the corner, it's all about the NBA draft for these teams.

Here's our weekly look at where the 10 worst teams in the NBA stand in their quest for the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider