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Looking At The Timberwolves' Odds In The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery

by Kyle Ratke, Digital Content Manager

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The NBA Draft is coming up in less than two months.

We don’t know the draft order quite yet. That will be determined by a bunch of ping pong balls in the NBA Draft Lottery on May 14. 

Each team will have a representative to play in a league-wide ping-pong tournament in Las Vegas. Just kidding. That's not how it works.

After finishing with a regular-season record of 36-46, the Timberwolves finished with the 10th-worst record in the NBA.

Below is a look at the Timberwolves’ odds in the NBA lottery for each pick:

1: 3.0%

2: 3.3%

3. 3.6%

4. 4.0%

5-9: 0%

10: 65.9%

11: 18.9%

12: 1.2 %

13: Less than 1%

14: Less than 1%

So, to recap, more than likely, the Wolves will stick at No. 10. They have a 13.9 percent chance to move up and just more than a 20 percent chance to move back.

You’re probably wondering why the Timberwolves can’t get the No. 5-9 picks. That’s because the first four picks are awarded by a drawing of ping pong balls. The rest of the picks (5-14) are assigned and sorted by team records. The Wolves would move back only if a team behind them (Lakers, Hornets, Heat or Kings) jumped into the top four.  

The Knicks, Cavaliers and Suns all have a 14 percent chance to get the No. 1 pick with the NBA’s lottery reformation.

For more draft coverage, check out our first big board ranking the top 30 prospects.

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