As the result of previous trades, the Lakers' lottery pick will go to either Philadelphia or Boston. Chance for top-three pick: 64.2 percent.
Over the final weeks of the 2017-18 season, a number of bottom-feeders shamelessly tanked to increase their chances of picking up more pingpong balls. The Celtics will get the pick if it winds up at No. 2 or No. 3.
Pistons keep this selection if it lands between No. 1 and No. 4. Their own pick was No. 19, but it was owed to Atlanta to complete a trade. Inasmuch as you believe in lucky totems, they probably can only do much good if they're present for the actual event in quetion.
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Heading into Tuesday, the Phoenix Suns have the best odds to land the No. 1 pick at 25 percent.
And then there is one more case where lottery luck could potentially change the immediate face of future East playoff races. But for the Magic, a team that desperately needs a talent infusion, nabbing a top-three pick this year would be crucial.
With such high stakes, the lottery often inspires superstition with teams looking to trinkets and charms to improve their chances of a lucky ball bounce. 4 through 14 based on reverse order of record.
That's where Franz drops two names: Duke's Marvin Bagley III and Real Madrid's Luka Doncic.