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Celtics lose coin flip to Jazz, receive worse NBA draft lottery odds
Posted By Ben Rohrbach On April 18, 2014 @ 3:13 pm In General | No Comments
The Celtics  split a pair of tie-breaking coin flips but lost the one they really needed, the NBA announced.
The Jazz  won the first flip, moving into the fourth position in the NBA draft lottery and capturing a 10.4 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick. The C’s are slotted fifth with a 10.3 percent chance. Utah can pick no lower than seventh while the Celtics  could select as low as eighth.
While the two teams have a nearly identical chance at a top-three pick — 33.7 percent for the Jazz  and 33.4 for the Celtics  — Utah’s luck has more significant ramifications should neither team win a shot at (most likely) Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins or Joel Embiid. The Jazz  have a 9.9 percent shot at the fourth selection, 37.3 percent shot at fifth, 17.6 shot at sixth and 1.4 percent shot at seventh.
Meanwhile, the C’s cannot get the fourth pick and have a 23.7 percent shot at fifth, 34.2 percent shot at sixth, 8.2 percent shot at seventh and 0.3 percent shot at eighth, according to Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren .
In other words, the Jazz now have a 98.4 percent chance at a top-six pick while the C’s have an 8.5 percent chance at seven or eight. Similarly, Utah gets a 43.6 percent shot at a top-four pick while the C’s are stuck at 33.4 percent.
As for the good news, the Nets  won their tie-breaker over the Wizards, so the Celtics will pick 17th instead of 18th.
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 according to Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren: http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/inside-numbers-draft-lottery-qa
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