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Knicks lose pre-lottery tiebreaker to Timberwolves

Karl-Anthony Towns, Carmelo Anthony

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, left, is fouled by New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony as he attempts a shot during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


The Knicks create more than enough problems for themselves.

They’re getting bad luck, too.

New York lost a pre-lottery tiebreaker to Minnesota today. If neither the Knicks nor Timberwolves move into the top three in the lottery, Minnesota will pick one spot ahead of New York – 6-7, 7-8, 8-9 or 9-10

Tied for the NBA’s sixth-worst record, the Timberwolves and Knicks will split 106 of 1,000 lottery combinations, 53 apiece. The two teams each have an 18.3% chance of moving up in the lottery, which determines the top three picks then slots non-playoff teams in reverse order of record after that.

The league also broke ties for four sets of picks later in the first round, including one four-team tie:


15. Trail Blazers

16. Bulls


17. Bucks

18. Pacers


19. Hawks

20. Trail Blazers (via Grizzlies)


23. Raptors (via Clippers)

24. Jazz

25. Magic (via Raptors)

26. Trail Blazers (via Cavaliers)