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Detroit Pistons lottery rundown: April 14, 2010

The Warriors and Kings each made fourth-quarter runs last night, but they both lost – meaning the Pistons will likely finish with the sixth seed.

Because the Kings lost to the Lakers, they’re guaranteed to finish with a worse record than Detroit.

If Detroit wins its final game against the Timberwolves tonight, it will get the sixth seed. If the 76ers lose to Orlando, they’d tie Detroit and hurt the Pistons’ odds.

If the Pistons lose to Minnesota, they will receive between a tie for the fourth and the sixth seed. If the Wizards or Kings win their final game, they’d tie Detroit and improve the Pistons’ odds.

As always, if anyone has any questions about the lottery, post them in the comments, and I’ll answer. If you’re unsure about something, I’m sure someone else is, too.

Yesterday’s key games

  • Utah Jazz 103, Golden State Warriors 94
  • Los Angeles Lakers 106, Sacramento Kings 100

(teams in lottery race with Pistons are bolded)

Scenarios

  • Best case: Three-way tie for No. 4 seed
  • Worst case: Tie for No. 6 seed

Current standings

  • No. 4 seed: Washington Wizards (25-56) – vs. Pacers
  • No. 4 seed: Golden State Warriors (25-56) – at Trail Blazers
  • No. 6 seed: Detroit Pistons (26-55) – at Timberwolves
  • No. 7 seed: Philadelphia 76ers (27-54) – at Magic

Odds if the season ended today

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  • No. 1 pick: 6.3 percent
  • No. 2 pick: 7.1 percent
  • No. 3 pick: 8.1 percent
  • No. 4 pick: 0.0 percent
  • No. 5 pick: 0.0 percent
  • No. 6 pick: 43.9 percent
  • No. 7 pick: 30.5 percent
  • No. 8: pick: 4.0 percent
  • No. 9: pick: 0.1 percent

Today’s key games

  • Detroit Pistons at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m.
  • Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando Magic, 8 p.m.
  • Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards, 8 p.m.
  • Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m.

(teams in lottery race with Pistons are bolded)

4 Comments

  • Apr 14, 20109:00 am
    by brgulker

    Reply

    We need to beat Minny to gain lottery position? Am I reading that right?

  • Apr 14, 20102:45 pm
    by Dan Feldman

    Reply

    Other way around. If Detroit loses to Minnesota, the Pistons might improve position. If Detroit beats Minnesota, the Pistons’ position might suffer.

    But it’s certainly possible to stay at sixth regardless of what happens tonight.

  • Apr 15, 201010:10 am
    by Don Brake

    Reply

    What’s the latest? I heard we lost last night to Minn., so that helps (?). But anyone know about the other teams?

  • Apr 15, 201012:08 pm
    by Dan Feldman

    Reply

    The Pistons actually beat the Timberwolves. Check out the Pistons’ updated lottery odds.

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