A closer look at NBA Draft Lottery contenders' remaining schedules

Orlando Sentinel

Take a closer look ahead at games remaining for the NBA's worst teams. The Orlando Magic currently have the NBA's third-worst record, but it's possible that the Magic will finish the season with the fourth-, fifth- or sixth-worst record. The chart below breaks down how many home and road games the league's worst teams had left at the start of Sunday. The chart also details each team's strength of schedule. The column “vs. sub-.300,” for example, shows the total number of games a team had remaining against squads with winning percentages below .300.


TeamHomeRoadvs sub-.300vs .300-.399vs .400-.499vs .500-.599vs .676ers (15-47)91106365Lakers (21-42)11823059Jazz (22-41)11813456Cavaliers (24-40)9924246Pelicans (25-37)13704349

Records through Saturday.  

Source: Sentinel research

How league's worst could fare in draft

Just how will a team's regular-season record impact its chances in the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery on May 20? The chart below will tell you. For example, the team with the third-worst record will have a 15.6 percent chance of winning the top overall pick, a 15.7 percent chance of obtaining the second overall pick and so on. We've listed the probabilities for the 10 worst teams of receiving a top-six pick.

Team1st pick2nd3rd4th5th6th2nd-worst team19.90%18.80%17.10%31.90%12.31%0.00%4th-worst team11.90%12.60%13.30%9.90%35.10%35.10%6th-worst team6.30%7.10%8.10%0.00%0.00%43.95%8th-worst team2.80%3.30%3.90%0.00%0.00%0.00%10th-worst team1.10%1.30%1.58%0.00%0.00%0.00%

 All probabilities have been rounded to the nearest tenth of a percentage point. Many teams' chances don't add up to 100 percent because teams' chances of picking seventh through 14th have been omitted.

Source: NBA

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