The NBA will select the order of its June draft by drawing lots on Tuesday night in Chicago among the 14 teams that failed to make the postseason or traded away their draft picks.
Phoenix, following a 21-61 finish, has the best chance at the No. 1 pick at 25 percent. Memphis, at 22-60, is not far behind at 19.9 percent, with Dallas (24-58) third at 13.8 percent.
But that all comes down to the fate of the bouncing ping-pong balls and which one Commissioner Adam Silver grabs first. The Cavaliers, and either the 76ers or Celtics, the top teams in the Eastern Conference, have lottery picks, too, due to trades. The Cavaliers have a chance to get help for LeBron James — or plan for his departure — with a pick via the Brooklyn Nets as part of their haul for trading Kyrie Irving. Meanwhile, either the Sixers or Celtics will benefit from the Lakers sending out a first-rounder for Steve Nash six years ago — the bill for which is finally coming due.
Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s draft lottery:
When: 7:30 p.m.
How to watch/stream: ESPN or the ESPN app
Best odds: Phoenix (25 percent), Memphis (19.9 percent), Dallas (13.8 percent)
Worst odds: Detroit (0.7 percent), Los Angeles Clippers (0.6 percent), Denver (0.5 percent)
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