Pistons’ draft outlook uncertain on season’s final day

Essentials

  • Teams: at Detroit Pistons (27-52)
  • Date: April 17, 2013
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Draft implications

The Pistons could finish with as high as a two-way tie for the No. 6 seed and as low as a two-way tie for the No. 8 seed in the lottery, depending on tonight’s results. As a reminder, ties for draft order are broken by random draw.

Detroit also could acquire the Clippers’ second round pick, which is top-55 protected but would not go to the Pistons in a future season.

There a lot of games that will affect both picks, but let’s make it simple.

Rooting guide

Keep in mind, this is strictly which teams to root for to improve the Pistons’ draft pick:

  • Nets (vs. Pistons)
  • Wizards (at Bulls)
  • Kings (vs. Clippers)*
  • Timberwolves (at Spurs)
  • Clippers (at Kings)*
  • Jazz (at Grizzlies)
  • Suns (at Nuggets)

*If the Pistons win, root for the Clippers without hesitation. Otherwise, you’ll have to decide whether slotting in the lottery or having an additions second-round pick is more important.

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