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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 [1] split a pair of tie-breaking coin flips but lost the one they really needed, the NBA announced.

The Jazz [2] 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 [1] 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 [2] and 33.4 for the Celtics [1] — 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 [2] 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.

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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 [4].

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.

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As for the good news, the Nets [6] won their tie-breaker over the Wizards, so the Celtics will pick 17th instead of 18th.

 


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