While there are a select few NBA teams still competing for an NBA Championship, several franchises have wrapped up their 2018-19 season and turned their sights onto the NBA Draft, and with it the NBA Draft Lottery.
No players will be selected during the lottery; no team's future is decided. There will be no trades and not even every team will participate. It simply states the draft order based on a flurry of ping pong balls. Still, it is one of the most intriguing dates on the NBA's calendar.
The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery tips off the offseason's festivities on Tuesday, May 14, even though some teams will still be competing. Teams will then know their fate and can begin preparing for the upcoming NBA Draft.
Only the 14 teams that did not play in the postseason will partake in the NBA Draft Lottery.
The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery will be televised live on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET. From 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., tune into our "Wizards On The Clock" lottery special on NBC Sports Washington and the MyTeams app. Our live coverage will continue exclusively on the MyTeams app from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET.
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When is the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery?
The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery is Tuesday, May 14. This event sets up the draft order for the 2019 NBA Draft one month later on June 20.
This year's draft lottery will be hosted by the Chicago Bulls in Chicago, IL.
What is the NBA Draft Lottery?
The NBA Draft Lottery is a process to determine the draft order for the non-playoff teams in the upcoming NBA Draft. Based on a team's record in the 2018-19 regular season, they receive odds to land certain picks in the draft.
This year there is a new system factoring in the pick order. The worst three teams in the NBA all will have the same odds (14 percent) to get the top pick in the draft. This is the first year under this structure is used to prevent teams from entirely tanking at the end of the year. The odds descend from there as the teams' records get better in relation to their placement in the standings.
The worst team, the New York Knicks (17-65), is guaranteed to have a top-five pick.
After the first four picks are revealed, the following picks from No. 5 through No. 14 will be selected by the inverse of the league standings.
How to watch or stream the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery:
Live coverage of the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery is provided by ESPN on Tuesday, May 14 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
You can also stream the draft on the ESPN or WatchESPN apps.
What are the Wizards Lottery Odds?
The Wizards only have one draft pick this year and that is their First Round selection. They have a 9.0 percent chance at the No. 1 pick, the sixth best in the league. Also, they have a 9.2 percent chance for pick No. 2, 9.4 percent for pick No. 3, and 9.6 percent at No. 4.
Washington will have a top-10 pick or better based on their record and odds.
NBA Draft Lottery Probabilities:
1. New York Knicks (17-65) - 14 percent
2. Cleveland Cavaliers (19-63) - 14 percent
3. Phoenix Suns (19-63) - 14 percent
4. Chicago Bulls (22-60) - 12.5 percent
5. Atlanta Hawks (29-53) - 10.5 percent
6. Washington Wizards (32-50) - 9 percent
7. New Orleans Pelicans (33-49) - 6 percent
8. Memphis Grizzlies (33-49) - 6 percent
9. Dallas Mavericks (33-49) - 6 percent
10. Minnesota Timberwolves (36-46) - 3 percent
11. Los Angeles Lakers (37-45) - 2 percent
12. Charlotte Hornets (39-43) - 1 percent
13. Miami Heat (39-43) - 1 percent
14. Sacramento Kings (39-43) - 1 percent
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