Detroit Pistons lottery rundown: April 10, 2010

Since I started this feature, the Pistons are 3-0, including two wins over playoff teams. So – yeah.

It’s great to see Ben Gordon playing well again, and to me, that outweighs a better lottery chance. But it’s also agitating to watch a chance at Wall, Turner or Cousins slip away.

It’s been so long so we’ve been torn with this dilemma. I say, the Pistons should just get back to the playoffs so we don’t have to worry about it.

Moving on.

If the Pistons beat the Bobcats and the Warriors lose to the Clippers tonight, Detroit’s best possible finish will be a tie for the third and fourth seeds.

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 106, Miami Heat 99
  • Orlando Magic 118, New York Knicks 103
  • Milwaukee Bucks 95, Philadelphia 76ers 90
  • Washington Wizards 106, Boston Celtics 96

(teams in lottery race with Pistons are bolded)

Scenarios

  • Best case: No. 3 seed
  • Worst case: No. 9 seed

Current standings

  • No. 3 seed: Golden State Warriors (24-54)
  • No. 4 seed: Washington Wizards (25-54)
  • No. 4 seed: Sacramento Kings (25-54)
  • No. 6 seed: Philadelphia 76ers (26-53)
  • No. 6 seed: Detroit Pistons (26-53)
  • No. 8 seed: Los Angeles Clippers (27-52)
  • No. 9 seed: New York Knicks (28-51)

Odds if the season ended today

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  • No. 1 pick: 5.3 percent
  • No. 2 pick: 6.0 percent
  • No. 3 pick: 7.0 percent
  • No. 4 pick: 0.0 percent
  • No. 5 pick: 0.0 percent
  • No. 6 pick: 22.0 percent
  • No. 7 pick: 45.2 percent
  • No. 8: pick: 13.6 percent
  • No. 9: pick: 1.0 percent
  • No. 10: pick: 0.0 percent (There is a chance of landing this pick, but the odds round to 0.0.)

Today’s key games

  • Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Bobcats, 7 p.m.
  • Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards, 7 p.m.
  • Philadelphia 76ers at Memphis Grizzlies, 8 p.m.
  • Dallas Mavericks at Sacramento Kings, 10 p.m.
  • Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

(teams in lottery race with Pistons are bolded)

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