Philadelphia 76ers: 0 Percent Chance
We can say this for the Philadelphia 76ers: They know how to stick to a plan.
Said plan started when new general manager Sam Hinkie shipped out former All-Star Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans for Nerlens Noel and another protected lottery pick. Then Philly picked up its pace, stopped playing defense and traded away assets like Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen for nothing.
As a result, they've lost 21 straight.
With Noel looking to get an April cameo, Michael Carter-Williams showing occasional flashes of star potential and a bunch of high picks in the pipeline, the Sixers have plenty to look forward to. Everything is going according to plan.
New Orleans Pelicans: 1 Percent Chance
Instead of focusing on the New Orleans Pelicans' worrisome personnel decisions (Hi, Tyreke Evans!), perhaps we should devote our attention to the awe-inspiring potential of Anthony Davis.
Of course, marveling at AD's two-way brilliance and limitless ceiling won't change the fact that New Orleans has been sliding down the Western Conference standings since the All-Star break. But sometimes it's best to focus on the positives.
As long as Davis is around, there's hope. For proof, please refer to the 40 points and 21 rebounds he hung on the Boston Celtics on March 16.
If the injury bug that bit Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson doesn't return next year, there's a good chance we see the Pellies take flight. At present, they're grounded.
Orlando Magic: 1 Percent Chance
If not for the 76ers' epic slide, we'd be spending an awful lot of time talking about the Orlando Magic's troubling regression this year.
There's talent on this roster, with Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris, Andrew Nicholson and Victor Oladipo. Plus, with rookie Oladipo and vets Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson, there's a nice mix of potential and experience.
But the Magic are on pace to lose nearly 60 games, and the young talent on hand has simply failed to develop. Maybe there's an issue with the culture in Orlando, or perhaps the coaching staff isn't equipped to nurture the players on hand.
For now, Oladipo has the right attitude:
"It's tough, but it's just a learning process and you just have to get better. I know it might sound old because I've been saying that all year, but it's true. I just have to continue getting better. You have to look at the bigger picture. We have to keep fighting and growing the chemistry," he said via John Denton of Magic.com.
Here's hoping the Magic's top rookie keeps the faith as his team falls woefully short of the postseason.
Denver Nuggets: 2 Percent Chance
The Denver Nuggets lost their vaunted home-court mojo this season, and as a result, they're headed for the lottery for the first time in more than a decade. Through their first 32 home games, the Nuggets have amassed a pedestrian mark of 16-16, which is a far cry from the 38-3 mark they enjoyed at altitude in 2012-13.
The personnel is different this year, with Andre Iguodala in Golden State and injuries derailing both Danilo Gallinari and JaVale McGee. Plus, the entire coaching staff and front office experienced turnover after Denver's first-round ouster in last year's playoffs.
But the Pepsi Center is still a mile high, the air up there is still thin and the Nuggets still play at a top-three pace, per NBA.com. So it's hard to figure out why home success has been so hard to come by.
Ten games out of a playoff spot with just a few weeks remaining, the Nuggets are all but done.
Boston Celtics: 2 Percent Chance
The picks are coming, Celtics fans.
It's a lot easier to digest the nine games separating the C's from the No. 8 spot in the East when equipped with the knowledge that the rebuilding effort could feature as many as seven first-round picks over the next three years.
Maybe Rajon Rondo will be around, and maybe he won't. But Boston has the coach it needs in Brad Stevens, as well as the assets necessary to turn things around.
Meanwhile, its lost four straight and appears very much ready for a summer off.