Celtics hold pole position for National Basketball Association draft lottery

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Chicago will pick 16th this year and won't likely won't get the Kings first round pick (they have less than.05 chance of getting it). The Nuggets have never moved up from their predraft position during the lottery era, only back.

The NBA Draft lottery is one of the most interesting nights in sports.

"Magic and I just have a real level of confidence and optimism", Pelinka said.

Considering the team is still near the bottom of the league and projects to improve combined with the prospect of holding onto an extra first round pick, finishing in the top three on Tuesday would be the preferred scenario for the purple and gold.

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"When it comes to the lottery, luck has not been with us, except for a couple of years ago", Taylor said. So here are five questions that you're probably asking yourself about the lottery, with answers ...

In what could be the Wolves' last hurrah in a long stretch of lottery appearances, maybe this finally will be the year Minnesota moves up. The remaining balls are mixed in the lottery machine for another 10 seconds, and the second ball is drawn.

The Knicks won't dwell on the past, but their last-second, regular-season finale victory over the Sixers cost them pingpong balls. There is an ensuing 10-second mix; then the fourth ball is drawn.

Limitations: If the same combination comes up a couple of times, the result is discarded and another four-ball combination is selected. As the best team - record-wise - in the lottery, Miami will be assigned the fewest of the 1,001 combinations of any of the 14 non-playoff teams. So yeah, you're not going to want to miss it. If the former happens, perhaps the Lakers can include one of the cumbersome contracts of veterans Luol Deng (three years, $54 million) or Timofey Mozgov (three years, $48 million).

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Assuming the Kings don't have bad luck Tuesday, they will have two picks in June that could help bring cornerstone players to a franchise that just finished its 11th consecutive losing season.

If the Lakers do land a top-three pick, three point guards have emerged as the top three talents in the draft. However, for maximum drama the telecast begins at pick 14 and counts down until the top pick.

That same logic could apply to a draft class loaded with point guards - Washington's Markelle Fultz, UCLA's Lonzo Ball, and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox are expected to go in three of the four top picks - and with Isaiah Thomas still the man in Boston.

The Sixers have their own selection, with a 100 percent of receiving a top seven selection in the NBA Draft Lottery. The drawing will be broadcast on ESPN so fans can watch online via the sport network's official WatchESPN live stream. General Manager Andy Elisburg will be the Heat's behind-the-scenes representative.

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Their win certainly won't quiet those believers in lottery conspiracies, as former 76ers center Dikembe Mutombo - who works for the National Basketball Association as a global ambassador - accidentally tweeted congratulations on their victory about four hours earlier.

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