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Detroit Pistons lottery rundown: April 6, 2010

Besides the occasional Twitter mystery, this Pistons season has become mostly devoid of suspense. One of the few intriguing story lines remaining is the Pistons’ quest to improve their lottery seed.

This is the start of what I hope will be a daily feature for the rest of the season. It’s a look at Detroit’s lottery situation. For reference, I will only include positioning of teams the Pistons could catch in either direction.

Another note: I’m aware there has been some confusion about the lottery and its procedures. If anyone has any questions, post them in the comments, and I’ll answer. If you’re unsure about something, I’m sure someone else is, too.


  • Best case: No. 3 seed
  • Worst case: No. 9 seed

Current standings

  • No. 3 seed: Washington Wizards (23-53)
  • No. 3 seed: Golden State Warriors (23-53)
  • No. 3 seed: Detroit Pistons (23-53)
  • No. 6 seed: Sacramento Kings (24-53)
  • No. 7 seed: Philadelphia 76ers (26-50)
  • No. 8 seed: Los Angeles Clippers (27-50)
  • No. 9 seed: New York Knicks (27-49)

Odds if the season ended today


  • No. 1 pick: 12.1 percent
  • No. 2 pick: 12.7 percent
  • No. 3 pick: 13.2 percent
  • No. 4 pick: 10.8 percent
  • No. 5 pick: 29.2 percent
  • No. 6 pick: 18.7 percent
  • No. 7 pick: 3.2 percent
  • No. 8: pick 0.1 percent

Today’s key games

  • Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m.
  • Golden State Warriors at Washington Wizards, 7 p.m.
  • Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m.
  • San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings, 10 p.m.

(teams in lottery race are bolded)


  • Apr 6, 20108:00 am
    by Chabvis


    Do you know when the actual lottery is, as in when they pick out the balls to see the order.

  • Apr 6, 201010:34 am
    by LEVI


    i think its during the conference finals

  • [...] Two franchises that have seen much, much better days tip-off the night in a game where the loser will come out on top, at least in terms of draft lottery odds. [...]

  • Apr 6, 20103:27 pm
    by Lee


    Lets just hope, where ever we pick, Joe D, gets it right this time!! We all no about past draft blunders, just think, if the picks were on the money, where would the pistons be right now?? Hummmmm, Go Joe, GET IT DONE!!

  • Apr 6, 20106:20 pm
    by mat


    What are the tiebreakers for the 3rd seed if 3 teams have the same record?

    • Apr 6, 20106:37 pm
      by Dan Feldman



    • Apr 10, 20104:01 am
      by Dan Feldman


      To clarify, a coinflip determines who gets the ping-pong-ball combination if there is an odd leftover. The tied teams split the combinations.

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