C's lose drawing, get one less ping-pong ball

C's lose drawing, get one less ping-pong ball
April 18, 2014, 3:15 pm
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Although Boston and Utah have identical 25-57 records, Utah's chances of getting the No. 1 pick are a little bit better - and I do mean, little.

The Jazz came away victorious in a drawing on Friday that gave the Jazz one more "combination" than the Celtics in their quest towards landing the No. 1 overall pick in June's NBA draft.

Boston's chances of landing the No. 1 pick remain at 10.3 percent, while the Jazz are now at 10.4 percent.

Both teams finished in a tie for the fourth-worst record in the NBA. When lottery teams finish with an identical record, the "average" between the two spots they occupy, is divvied up equally.

So for the Celtics and the Jazz, the fourth-worst record has 119 "combinations" (out of 1,000 possibles) that lead to the No. 1 pick, and the fifth-worst record has 89.

Averaging the two spots out, leaves each team with 103 "combinations," or a 10.3 percent chance of pocketing the No. 1 overall pick and one combination remaining.

The drawing Friday determined that the leftover "combination" would go to Utah.

Other tiebreakers of note include: Brooklyn (44-38) winning one with Washington; The Celtics hold Brooklyn's first-round pick so that will be No. 17 overall. Chicago (48-34) won a tiebreaker with Toronto and Portland (54-28) won a tiebreaker with Miami and Houston; Houston then won a tiebreaker with Miami.