Detroit Pistons lottery rundown: April 13, 2010

Charlie Villanueva’s guarantee of a win yesterday didn’t quite come true. But I’ll guarantee this: The Pistons will have a top-10 pick in the draft.

Because the Pistons lost, they can no longer fall past or tie the Knicks or Clippers for the eighth seed.

If Detroit wins its final game against the Timberwolves on Wednesday, it will get the fifth or sixth seed. If the Warriors win their final two games, they’d tie Detroit. If the 76ers lose to Orlando, they’d be tied, too.

If the Pistons lose to Minnesota, they will receive a top-six seed. If the Wizards or Kings win their final game, they’d tie Detroit. Golden State has two games remaining. One win would mean tying Detroit. Two wins would mean receiving a worse seed than Detroit.

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

  • Toronto Raptors 111, Detroit Pistons 97
  • Miami Heat 107, Philadelphia 76ers 105
  • New York Knicks 114, Washington Wizards 103
  • Houston Rockets 117, Sacramento Kings 107
  • Dallas Mavericks 117, Los Angeles Clippers 94

(teams in lottery race with Pistons are bolded)

Scenarios

  • Best case: Three-way tie for No. 3 seed
  • Worst case: Tie for No. 6 seed

Current standings

  • No. 3 seed: Washington Wizards (25-56) – vs. Pacers
  • No. 3 seed: Sacramento Kings (25-56) – at Lakers
  • No. 5 seed: Golden State Warriors (25-55) – vs. Jazz, at Trail Blazers
  • No. 6 seed: Detroit Pistons (26-55) – at Timberwolves
  • No. 7 seed: Philadelphia 76ers (27-54) – at Magic

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

  • Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m.
  • Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

(teams in lottery race with Pistons are bolded)

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