Detroit Pistons lottery rundown: April 12, 2010

The Warriors somehow beat the Thunder last night, so that’s pretty cool.

The Pistons would still have the sixth seed if the season ended today, but they’re one game back from the third seed.

If the Knicks or Clippers win tonight or the Pistons lose, Detroit will be guaranteed to have a worse record than them.

If the Pistons win tonight and the Wizards or Kings win, Detroit will be guaranteed to have a better record than them.

Each team in the lottery race with the Pistons has two games remaining. I’ve included every team’s opponents in the standings. Unfortunately, I think Detroit has the easiest schedule left.

As always, if anyone has any questions about the lottery, 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

  • Miami Heat 111, New York Knicks 98
  • Golden State Warriors 120, Oklahoma City Thunder 117

(teams in lottery race with Pistons are bolded)

Scenarios

  • Best case: No. 3 seed
  • Worst case: Tie for No. 8 seed

Current standings

  • No. 3 seed: Golden State Warriors (25-55) – vs. Jazz, at Trail Blazers
  • No. 3 seed: Washington Wizards (25-55) – at Knicks, vs. Pacers
  • No. 3 seed: Sacramento Kings (25-55) – vs. Rockets, at Lakers
  • No. 6 seed: Detroit Pistons (26-54) – vs. Raptors, at Timberwolves
  • No. 7 seed: Philadelphia 76ers (27-53) – vs. Heat, at Magic
  • No. 8 seed: Los Angeles Clippers (28-52) – vs. Mavericks, vs. Lakers
  • No. 8 seed: New York Knicks (28-52) – vs. Wizards, at Raptors

Odds if the season ended today

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  • No. 1 pick: 6.3 percent
  • No. 2 pick: 7.1 percent
  • No. 3 pick: 8.1 percent
  • No. 4 pick: 0.0 percent
  • No. 5 pick: 0.0 percent
  • No. 6 pick: 43.9 percent
  • No. 7 pick: 30.5 percent
  • No. 8: pick: 4.0 percent
  • No. 9: pick: 0.1 percent

Today’s key games

  • Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.
  • Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m.
  • Washington Wizards at New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m.
  • Houston Rockets at Sacramento Kings, 10:30 p.m.
  • Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers, 10 p.m.

(teams in lottery race with Pistons are bolded)

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