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NBA Draft Lottery 2021 Time, Date and Odds to Get First Pick

David Kaestle
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What Time is the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery?

2021 NBA Draft Lottery Start Time: The 2021 NBA Draft Lottery starts airing on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, June 22.

2021 NBA Draft Lottery Teams

The Draft Lottery is comprised of the 14 NBA teams that did not make the playoffs. The 14 teams are listed below.

- Houston Rockets
- Detroit Pistons
- Orlando Magic
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Golden State Warriors (via Minnesota Timberwolves, protected 1-3)
- Toronto Raptors
- Orlando Magic (via Chicago Bulls)
- Sacramento Kings
- New Orleans Pelicans
- Charlotte Hornets
- San Antonio Spurs
- Indiana Pacers
- Golden State Warriors

NBA Draft Lottery Odds

The Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic all have a 14 percent chance to get the No. 1 overall pick, tied for the highest in the lottery.

NBA Draft Lottery Format

The first four spots are selected through the lottery, which is done with ping pong balls that create 1,000 potential combinations. Each team in the lottery is assigned a certain number of combinations out of that 1,000 based on their regular-season record. The worse the record, the more combinations.

Once the top 4 teams are selected, then the remaining teams are ordered by regular-season record. So the team with the worst record can receive no worse than the 5th overall pick.

Odds for Each Team to Win Draft Lottery

1. Houston Rockets (Protected 1-4)

Odds for No. 1: 14.0%
Odds for Top 4: 52.1%

2. Detroit Pistons (Protected 1-16)

Odds for No. 1: 14.0%
Odds for Top 4: 52.1%

3. Orlando Magic

Odds for No. 1: 14.0%
Odds for Top 4: 52.1%

4. Oklahoma City Thunder

Odds for No. 1: 45.1%
Odds for Top 4: 11.5%

5. Cleveland Cavaliers

Odds for No. 1: 45.1%
Odds for Top 4: 11.5%

6. Golden State Warriors (via Minnesota Timberwolves, 1-3 protected)

Odds for No. 1: 37.2%
Odds for Top 4: 9.0%

7. Toronto Raptors

Odds for No. 1: 31.9%
Odds for Top 4: 7.5%

8. Orlando Magic (via Chicago Bulls)

Odds for No. 1: 20.3%
Odds for Top 4: 4.5%

9. Sacramento Kings

Odds for No. 1: 20.3%
Odds for Top 4: 4.5%

10. New Orleans Pelicans

Odds for No. 1: 20.3%
Odds for Top 4: 4.5%

11. Charlotte Hornets

Odds for No. 1: 8.5%
Odds for Top 4: 1.8%

12. San Antonio Spurs

Odds for No. 1: 8.0%
Odds for Top 4: 1.7%

13. Indiana Pacers

Odds for No. 1: 4.8%
Odds for Top 4: 1.0%

14. Golden State Warriors (protected 1-20)

Odds for No. 1: 2.4%
Odds for Top 4: 0.5%

NBA Draft Lottery Results 2021

The results of the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery will be posted here upon completion.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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