Dispatches from the Tank: Final week of the season provides key matchup for Jazz, Lakers

Published: Friday, April 11 2014 11:44 a.m. MDT

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At 14-64, the Bucks have the worst record in the NBA, and currently have a three-game lead over the Philadelphia 76ers for the title of worst in the league. With the worst record also comes the satisfaction of being the team with currently the highest chance percentage wise of securing the No. 1 overall pick.

The Bucks have lost six straight games, including a loss to the Indiana Pacers, a game in which Indiana rested its starters. With the Bucks still playing their starters, they managed to lose the game, and continue their quest for the top pick — a goal that seems very probable at this point in the season.

In the final week of the season, Milwaukee seems to be in a perfect position to end with the worst record. They start out by playing the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, followed by three current playoff teams in the Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks.

Unless their upcoming opponents decide to rest their starters before the playoffs, the Bucks will have a great opportunity to lose every remaining game on their schedule.
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Roy, UT

Professional Basketball would do well to remedy this situation of losing to win in the lottery. Professional? At what, making money? With all the money in the NBA, surely they have an idea of how to bring an honest effort into every game, considering the players per game pay, and not reward "tanking" even a single game with a top lottery pick or anything else. My guess is that for some reason they like this current system, again, for financial reasons, and that is why no remedy has been forthcoming.
All that being said, who could blame any time for "tanking" if its in their best interest, if financial gain is the real long term prize? Jazz have established ample reason or excuse to just play the subs, even "rest" the Coach, see how an assistant might coach them differently.

ER in AF
Harare, Zimbabwe, 00

This list turned my stomach.

Provo, UT

Why don't you just show the list? Annoying to have to click through every county.

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