Can Wizards Buck Bottom 5 NBA Teams At Year-End Trend?

Can Wizards Buck Bottom 5 NBA Teams At Year-End Trend?

Just about a third of the way into the 82-game NBA season across Virginia sports betting, six teams have wins in the single digits.

That dismal group is led, if “led” is the right way of putting it, by the 2-25 Detroit Pistons, who are joined in hoops misery by the Washington Wizards and the San Antonio Spurs (both 4-22), the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies (both 7-19), and the Charlotte Hornets (7-19).

With the Wizards part of that bottom-dwelling crew, BetVirginia.com wondered if there’s time to salvage the season. Utilizing SHRPSports.com, BetVirginia.com looked at how NBA teams -- who are among the bottom five teams in the standings on Jan. 1 -- wind up by the end of the season. Technically, there’s a Bottom 6 at the moment but that’s because of tied records.

So, do Bottom 5 teams stay at the bottom, or should fans expect some improvement?

In gathering the data, BetVirginia.com utilized records from the last five NBA seasons, eliminating the 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 schedule, to do the analysis. For the 2021-22 season, six teams were included in the analysis due to a tie in the standings.

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How Do Year-End Bottom 5 NBA Teams Finish?

SituationNumber of TeamsPercentage
Stay in Bottom 519 of 2673.1%

Wizards Have Serious Work To Do

Perhaps, of little consolation to Wizards fans, is that during the seasons studied, only one team has made the NBA playoffs after being a Bottom 5 team on Jan. 1. That plucky unit was the 2021-22 New Orleans Pelicans. The 2019-20 campaign was the only season in which all five bottom teams on Jan. 1 stayed in the bottom five.

For those wondering, the Detroit Pistons, at 2-25 (.074), are on track for the worst NBA season ever. So far, the worse season records belong to the 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats (7-59, .106, season shortened by lockout), and the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers (9-73, .110, full season).

Let's hope Wizards fans find some hope for their team and help push through some wins on your VA sportsbook promos in the new year.

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Bill Ordine was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Bill started reporting on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for 10 years. He covered the World Series of Poker for a decade and his articles on gaming have appeared in many major U.S. newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and others

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