Detroit Pistons lottery rundown: April 7, 2010

With last night’s win over the 76ers, the Pistons’ lottery chances took a hit. I’m good with that.

(I’ve fixed a mistake when I said yesterday the Pistons’ worst seed could be No. 9. It’s actually the 10th seed.)

If the Pacers win or the Pistons lose tonight, Detroit will be guaranteed the ninth seed or better.

If the Pistons lose and the Knicks win tonight, Detroit will be guaranteed the eight seed or better.

As always, if anyone has any questions, post them in the comments, and I’ll answer. If you’re unsure about something, I’m sure someone else is, too.

Yesterday’s key games

  • Detroit Pistons 124, Philadelphia 76ers 103
  • Washington Wizards 112, Golden State Warriors 94
  • New York Knicks 104, Boston Celtics 101
  • San Antonio Spurs 95, Sacramento Kings 86

(teams in lottery race with Pistons are bolded)

Scenarios

  • Best case: No. 3 seed
  • Worst case: No. 10 seed

Current standings

  • No. 3 seed: Golden State Warriors (23-54)
  • No. 4 seed: Sacramento Kings (24-54)
  • No. 5 seed: Washington Wizards (24-53)
  • No. 5 seed: Detroit Pistons (24-53)
  • No. 7 seed: Philadelphia 76ers (26-51)
  • No. 8 seed: Los Angeles Clippers (27-50)
  • No. 9 seed: New York Knicks (28-49)
  • No. 10 seed: Indiana Pacers (29-48)

Odds if the season ended today

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  • No. 1 pick: 7.55 percent
  • No. 2 pick: 8.40 percent
  • No. 3 pick: 9.40 percent
  • No. 4 pick: 0.00 percent
  • No. 5 pick: 13.05 percent
  • No. 6 pick: 38.95 percent
  • No. 7 pick: 19.45 percent
  • No. 8: pick: 2.20 percent
  • No. 9 pick: 0.05 percent

Today’s key games

  • New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers, 7 p.m.
  • Washington Wizards at Orlando Magic, 7 p.m.
  • Atlanta Hawks at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.
  • Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m.
  • Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m.
  • Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

(teams in lottery race with Pistons are bolded)