The premier summer event for the NBA is the NBA Playoffs and the eventual NBA Finals. However, for the teams that didn’t make the post-season cut, their focus will be on the ping pong balls that will drop and determine the selection order for the upcoming NBA Draft.
This will be the 37th iteration of the NBA Draft Lottery, which will determine the selection order for the first 14 picks of the 2021 NBA Draft. The remaining 16 selections are set in inverse order of each team’s finish through the 2020-2021 NBA season.
Each “Lottery Team” will have a representative attending the NBA Draft Lottery.
The NBA Draft Lottery’s odds are based on the participating teams’ final record through the most recent NBA season.
While in the past the odds have been descending in favor of the team with the worst record in the league, the NBA has implemented a new weighted odds system in order to level out chances and discourage “tanking”.
The latest odds for the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery are provided by BetMGM. Click on ‘Bet now’ below to head to the sportsbook and place your bet.
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|Team||Odds for No. 1|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+650
|New Orleans Pelicans||+1600
|San Antonio Spurs||+5000
|Golden State Warriors||+15000
|Team||Weighted Odds for No. 1 Overall Pick
|Oklahoma City Thunder||11.50%|
|New Orleans Pelicans||4.50%|
|San Antonio Spurs||1.70%|
|Golden State Warriors||0.50%|
The Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs, and Charlotte Hornets all own some of the worst odds to jump up the draft board. The Hornets have the best chance for a top four pick, at just 8.5%. We wouldn’t count on any of these teams to jump the board and stick to their 11-14 range.
While all teams are looking to jump the line in terms of draft order, the Toronto Raptors and the Minnesota Timberwolves are the most interesting cases.
For Toronto, they own a 31.9% chance of jumping into the top four, while clearing seventh overall means they’re guaranteed the slot.
The Minnesota Timberwolves really need to find themselves in the top three.
The reason for their desperation is the fact that their first-round draft pick will be conveyed to the Golden State Warriors should it fall outside of the top three picks.
In the 2020 NBA Draft the Chicago Bulls, who sat in the Toronto Raptors’ position jumped up to fourth overall. The New York Knicks, who sat in the Timberwolves position in 2020, fell to eighth.
Between the Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, and Orlando Magic, feel free to put a wager on any of these teams finishing in the top three of the 2021 NBA Draft.
The three teams have the highest odds to finish in the top three of the 2021 NBA Draft, but be wary of the Houston Rockets. The Rockets have a 52.1% chance of a top-four pick, but a 47.9% chance of dropping all the way to fifth.
The 2021 NBA Draft Lottery will be occurring on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021.
The event will be televised on ESPN at 8:30 PM EST.
There will be 14 teams participating in the NBA Draft Lottery.
These teams did not qualify for the most recent NBA post-season, or they acquired the rights to a higher pick. The participants are as follows:
|Team||Conference||20-21 Regular Season Record|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||West||22-50|
|New Orleans Pelicans||West||31-41|
|San Antonio Spurs||West||33-39|
|Golden State Warriors||West||39-33|
Each team at the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery will have a representative through the process.
These representatives are usually affiliates of the club who represent the teams’ future desires and act as somewhat of a good luck charm through the process.
|Houston Rockets||Hakeem Olajuwon||NBA Legend|
|Detroit Pistons||Ben Wallace||NBA Legend|
|Orlando Magic||Jeff Weltman||President, Basketball Operations|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||Nazr Mohammed||Oklahoma City Blue GM/Thunder Pro Scout|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||Koby Altman||General Manager|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||Anthony Edwards||Player|
|Toronto Raptors||Fred Vanvleet||Player|
|Sacramento Kings||Monte McNair||General Manager|
|Chicago Bulls||Marc Eversley||General Manager|
|New Orleans Pelicans||Swin Cash||VP of Basketball Operations & Team Development|
|Charlotte Hornets||Miles Bridges||Player|
|San Antonio Spurs||Peter J. Holt||Managing Partner|
|Indiana Pacers||Nancy Leonard||Former Pacers Executive|
|Golden State Warriors||Rick Welts||President and Chief Operating Officer|
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