How is the NBA Draft lottery conducted?

The Celtics have a 10.3 percent chance of winning the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft on Tuesday night in the league’s annual draft lottery. Here are the details about how the lottery is conducted:

Time: 8 p.m.



Celtics representative: co-owner Steve Pagliuca

How picks 1-3 are selected

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Prior to the lottery, 1,000 combinations are assigned to teams based on order of finish. Fourteen ping pong balls are placed in a drum. Four balls are drawn to determine a four-digit combination. The team that has been assigned that combination will receive the number one pick. The four balls are placed back in the drum and the process is repeated to determine the second and third picks.

How picks 4-14 are assigned

The order of selection for the remaining teams is determined by inverse order of regular-season record. Milwaukee can pick no lower than fourth, Philadelphia no lower than fifth, and Orlando no lower than sixth.

Who is present at the lottery?

The lottery procedure takes place in a separate room just prior to TV broadcast. In attendance: select media, NBA officials, representatives of the participating teams, and the accounting firm of Ernst & Young.

Odds of each team in lottery winning one of first three picks

Pre-lottery orderOdds per 1,000Pick 1Pick 2Pick 3
1Milwaukee250 25.00%21.49%17.75%
2Philadelphia199 19.90%18.80%17.10%
3Orlando156 15.60%15.73%15.56%
4Utah104 10.40%11.20%12.09%
5Boston103 10.30%11.11%12.01%
6LA Lakers63 6.30%7.09%8.10%
7Sacramento43 4.30%4.94%5.78%
8Detroit28 2.80%3.26%3.88%
9Cleveland17 1.70%2.00%2.41%
10New Orleans11 1.10%1.30%1.58%
11Denver8 0.80%0.95%1.15%
12New York7 0.70%0.83%1.01%
13Minnesota6 0.60%0.71%0.87%
14Phoenix5 0.50%0.59%0.72%
Total1,000 100.00%100.00%100.00%

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