The Bulls are down in the Eastern Conference play-in race, but not out just yet.
Entering Monday's slate of games, their 26-38 record placed them three games behind the 29-35 Washington Wizards for the tenth seed in the East, the last spot in the play-in tournament. The Toronto Raptors, at 27-38, sat a half-game in front of the Bulls for 11th.
With just eight regular-season contests remaining, NBC News' Steve Kornacki stopped by Bulls Pregame Live in advance of Monday's matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers to break down the Bulls' path to the play-in:
So, yes, the odds are steep. Kornacki pegs the Bulls with roughly a one percent chance of making a successful play-in run at this point in the season. With a win against the currently top-seeded 76ers, those odds would jump to about five percent.
Why so low? Not only do the Bulls have those three games to jump in the standings, they also face gaudy competition in the form of the Celtics, Nets (twice) and Bucks down the stretch.
Needless to say, the Bulls, who have dropped three straight, will have to reverse their trend of misfortune and get some help along the way for a shot.