How the NBA Draft Lottery odds work for the Suns, Lakers and Celtics

Apr 9, 2017, 8:45 PM | Updated: 9:01 pm
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The magic number for the second-best NBA Draft Lottery odds is now “1.”

As of Sunday night, the Phoenix Suns (24-57) own the second-worst NBA record but have a 1.5-game edge on the Lakers, who are 25-55 after D’Angelo Russell’s three-point game winner to beat Minnesota, 110-109, and Phoenix’s 124-111 win over Dallas.

With three games remaining between them — two for Los Angeles and one for Phoenix — a combined one Lakers win or Suns loss would secure the second-worst NBA record for Phoenix.

The Brooklyn Nets — they have a 25-percent shot of winning the lottery — sit 3.5 games ahead of Phoenix in the upside-down standings with a 20-60 record. They have clinched the top spot and will surrender the pick to the Boston Celtics.

Comparing the odds

A team that has the lone worst record has a 25-percent shot at drafting first, 21.5-percent opportunity to draft second, 17.8-percent chance at third and a 35.7-percent shot at drafting fourth.

Here’s what the Suns and Lakers are fighting for: Finishing with the second-worst record in the NBA comes with a 19.9-percent shot of winning the top pick, 18.8-percent chance of drafting second and 17.1-percent shot of drafting third. A second-to-last team would have a 31.9-percent chance of drafting fourth and 12.3-percent shot of picking fifth.

A team with the third-best odds would have a 15.6-percent chance of winning the lottery, 15.7-percent opportunity to draft second and 15.6-percent shot at picking third. There is a 22.6-percent chance for the third-worst team to pick fourth and 26.5-percent opportunity to draft fifth with a slim 4-percent shot of drafting sixth.

Who’s left?

Suns schedule: at Sacramento.

Lakers schedule: vs. New Orleans, at Golden State.

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