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The 2013 NBA Draft Lottery: Odds, % Chances, and Betting Lines

The 2013 NBA Draft Lottery is upon us, and like everything else related to sports, there are some interesting odds at play.  The draft order, set after the conclusion of the regular season, is in the reverse order of the final standings.  Non-playoff teams were the only ones eligible for the lottery, with the exception of the Oklahoma City Thunder via the James Harden trade (the rich just get keep getting richer).  Don’t count Vegas and other sports’ books out of the action either; many gambling sites have set their own odds as well.  Let’s break down each team’s odds at the #1 pick, and the potential spoils you can collect if you predict the winner.


Winning the #1 Pick: Chances, Odds, and Betting Lines For Each Lottery Team

Betting lines listed as amount of money won if betting $100 (e.g. +175 = bet $100 to win $175)


Orlando Magic

Chance: 25%

Odds: 3:1

Betting Line: +175


Charlotte Bobcats

Chance: 19%

Odds: 4:1

Betting Line: +200


Cleveland Cavaliers

Chance: 15.6%

Odds: 5.4 : 1

Betting Line: +350


Phoenix Suns

Chance: 11.9%

Odds: 7.4 : 1

Betting Line: +650


New Orleans Pelicans

Chance: 8.8%

Odds: 10.4 : 1

Betting Line: +1000


Sacramento Kings

Chance: 6.3%

Odds: 14.9 : 1

Betting Line: +1200


Detroit Pistons

Chance: 3.6%

Odds: 26.8 : 1

Betting Line: +1500


Washington Wizards

Chance: 3.5%

Odds: 27.6 : 1

Betting Line: +1800


Minnesota Timberwolves

Chance: 1.7%

Odds: 57.8 : 1

Betting Line: +3000


Portland Trailblazers

Chance: 1.1%

Odds: 89.9 : 1

Betting Line: +3500


Philadelphia 76ers

Chance: 0.8%

Odds: 124:1

Betting Line: +5000


Oklahoma City Thunder (via Houston, from Toronto for Kyle Lowry Trade)

Chance: 0.7%

Odds: 141.9 : 1

Betting Line: +5000


Dallas Mavericks

Chance: 0.6%

Odds: 165.7 : 1

Betting Line: +6500


Utah Jazz

Chance: 0.5%

Odds: 199:1

Betting Line: +8000


(all betting lines are from TheGreek.com)


So there you have it. With a little bit of luck and a lot of ping pong balls, one fortunate team will walk away with the #1 overall pick in this year’s draft.  Our Philadelphia 76ers are a long shot, facing less than a 1% chance of grabbing that honor.  Nonetheless, we will be watching, with our fingers crossed.

The Draft Lottery results can be watched live on ESPN this Tuesday night, at 8:30 PM EST.

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